History

 

19431909
At the University of Washington in Seattle, seven female students attending the journalism program, the second of its kind in the country, start the women’s journalism society Theta Sigma Phi.

1929
The New York City branch of Theta Sigma Phi is established.

1970
New York Women in Communication's holds its first Matrix Awards Luncheon, which has been recognized by New York's communications and entertainment community as one of the most outstanding events of the year. Each year, well over one thousand people gather to salute eight exceptional women from advertising, arts and entertainment, books, broadcasting, magazines, newspapers, public relations and new media. Each woman is presented with the prestigious Matrix Award.

1972
Theta Sigma Phi is renamed Women in Communications (WICI) to convey a more professional image.

1996
WICI becomes the Association for Women in Communications (AWC).

1998
The New York City chapter of AWC breaks away and becomes New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) to provide its members with more direct benefits.