WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alliance for Women in Media has announced their support for the mission of the Women's March on Washington on Saturday, January 21.
The event in Washington, D.C. and at partnering locations across the country was created for people to stand in solidarity with partners and children for the protection of rights, safety, health and families - recognizing that vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of The United States of America.
"The Alliance for Women in Media proudly supports the effort to recognize, to support and to raise awareness of the immense contributions made by women to our country, our economy and our culture," said Kristen Welch, AWM Board Chair who is planning to attend the Washington D.C. march. "AWM values the strength that comes with diversity. Recognizing and connecting women is at the core of our mission. I encourage all members of AWM and the media industry to unite, this weekend and every day in a peaceful, respectful manner."
Keisha Sutton-James, AWM Board Treasurer, will join a sister march in New York City on Saturday. "I am planning to march with my daughters for a number of reasons: I wish to teach them - through action - that we have the freedom to express ourselves and that we must do so in order to advance our issues. Further, I am always seeking examples of strong, complex and accomplished women as role models for my girls. This march exemplifies those principles and its organizers and its attendees embody that example."
Hundreds of thousands of women are expected to join the Women's March on Washington, taking place on January 21. The Women's March on Washington is a women-led grassroots movement that will bring together people of all genders and backgrounds to take a stand on social justice and human rights issues ranging from race, ethnicity, gender, religion, immigration and health care. Over 600 sister marches are also being planned across the world. Visit www.womensmarch.com for additional information.
The Alliance for Women in Media and its Foundation harnesses the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress. The AWM Foundation's premier program, the 42nd Annual Gracie Awards, celebrates individual achievement and outstanding programming created by, for and about women in all facets of media. The deadline to submit an entry and recognize outstanding radio, television, cable and interactive media is Thursday, January 19 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. For more information about the 2017 Gracie Awards, please visit allwomeninmedia.org/gracies.
About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media connects, recognizes and inspires women across the media industry. AWM is a diverse community – whether type of media, job or global location – that facilitates industry-wide collaboration, education, and innovation. Established in 1951 as American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWM harnesses the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress.
About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation:
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation mission is to use the media to create positive change, supporting educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships that benefit students of the media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint‐initiatives with the Emma Bowen Foundation, NCTA, NAB and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. In addition to giving nearly $20,000 a year away in scholarships to deserving female students, the Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards, a recognition program named after the late Gracie Allen that honors exemplary programming created by, for and about women in radio, TV, cable and interactive media. More information can be found at allwomeninmedia.org/gracies.
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