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Attention ANWC Members: 

If you are interested in becoming a member of the American News Women's Club, please call the office at (202) 332-6770 or send us an email to anwclub@comcast.net.

Club Hours:

Monday, Wed. 12 - 4 p.m., Fri. 12 - 2 p.m.

Phone: 202-332-6770

Email: anwclub@comcast.net

Our Historic Clubhouse

The ANWC Clubhouse (also known as Cranford House) is located at 1607 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC on Embassy Row and two blocks from the Dupont Circle metro. Street parking is available depending upon time of day and there are parking garages in the neighborhood. Great for seasonal events, consider booking your event today! (click here for more information)

Meet our ANWC 2019 Mission Oriented Interns!

Meet Caroline Zonts, a senior in the School of Media & Public Affairs at the George Washington University. We are thrilled to have her with us and look forward to great achievements.

Annaliese Keller is a rising junior at the George Washington University studying political science. She is a passionate supporter of the ANWC's mission to expand the advancement of women in journalism. 

And our Proud 2019 ANWC Scholarship Winners!

Jaha Knight, AU       Colleen Grablick, GWU

Programs 2019-2020 at the Clubhouse

Thurs. October 24,  6:30 p.m. Women Ambassadors: The Art of Diplomacy.

Mon. September 23, 6:30 p.m. - Celebrating 100 years of Women and the 19th Amendment. Come join Elaine Weiss, esteemed author of The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote (Viking Press) and board member Eleanor Clift, author of Founding Sisters and the Nineteeth Amendment (Wiley Publishers) for what is sure to be a lively presentation and conversation on one of the great accomplishments for women of our era.  

Popular Past Programs 

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 6:30 p.m at the Clubhouse. In celebration of Women's History Month, Dorothy Butler Gilliam, making history with her Groundbreaking Memoir.

Programs 2018

Some fabulous programs featuring barrier breaking speakers are in the works this year. Please continue to check in and see what we have in store for you.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 6:30 p.m., Howard Kurtz and his take on the media in the age of Trump. 

 

PAST PROGRAMS: January 24, Washington insider Sally Quinn on her book "Finding Magic", Liza Mundy's November 16 "Code Girls" book discussion was very special. If you joined us October 4 for State of Education with Politico's Kimberly Hefling and Laura McGiffert Slover, CEO of Centerpoint Education, it was a stellar event.

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Scholarship Winners 2017

(left to right) Pres.NPC, Jeff Ballou, Scholarship winners Lauren Sullivan (George Mason University) and Makeda Francis, (Howard University), ANWC EIJ honoree Susan Page and ANWC Pres. Helen R. White

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MEMBERSHIP:A FAMILY AFFAIR: Meet the Trupp Family

The Trupps, with Sandy Trupp as our revered member and her husband Phil and daughters make membership for the ANWC a family affair. Contact the Club office if you are interested in becoming an esteemed member.

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the many exciting ANWC events.

Club History

The American News Women's Club was founded on April 4, 1932, as the Newspaper Women's Club, with membership limited to women reporters and writers employed by newspapers. Today, the ANWC embraces a diverse group of journalists, independent authors and professional communicators representing newspapers, radio and television stations, publishing companies, Web sites, public relations firms, corporations, academic institutions and government. The broader membership base reflects an evolving news.

Founders Margaret Hart Canby of The Evening Star and Katharine H. Brooks of The Washington Post intended to create an elite news club exclusively for newspaper women by breaking away from the Women's National Press Club, which included non-reporters and publicity.

The organizing members of the Newspaper Women's Club were women journalists from the Washington newspapers of that era: The Evening Star, The Washington Post, The Washington Times and The Washington Herald. The Club also admitted a limited number of prominent women who had been helpful to women reporters gathering news. These "Associate Members" endure as a vital segment of Club membership.

Club Name
The Club's name has changed several times during its 80-year history. In the early 1940s, active membership grew to include women in Latin America, and the "Newspaper Women's Club" became the "American Newspaper Women's Club." In 1981, the current name, "American News Women's Club" was adopted, permitting women from radio, television, magazines, newsletters, public relations and public affairs to join their newspaper colleagues and identify professionally with the Club. 

Our Move To Embassy Row
In April 1932, the "Clubhouse" was the Ladies' Dining Room of the National Press Club. Meetings were Mondays at tea time. When Prohibition was repealed in February 1933, the Press Club asked the women to move in order to enlarge the Press Club bar, a popular watering hole for thirsty newsmen. The newswomen then rented a second-floor space at 1406 H Street, NW, for $25 a month.

Several years and moves later, the Club began renovating space in a one-story building at 1604 20th Street, NW. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt officially inaugurated the clubhouse when she turned the key to open the door. The Club finally purchased a permanent home at 1607 22nd Street, NW, in 1961, and the mortgage, paid in full, was burned at the Women's National Bank in 1979.

The Club established several traditions early on. Six months after formation, a party was held honoring Mrs. Herbert Hoover. Later that year, the Club honored Virginia native Nancy Witcher Langhorn Astor, the first woman to be a Member of Parliament in Britain. First Ladies traditionally have been invited into Honorary membership, an honor also extended to and accepted by Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother of Great Britain. Amelia Earhart became a member shortly before her fatal flight.

The American News Women's Club was named a historic site in journalism by the National Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

SPJ is the nation's largest organization of journalists. The president of the Washington Professional Chapter of SPJ, Ann Augherton, and Vice President Julie Asher formally announced the historic site designation at the Clubhouse on Oct. 16, 2002.

"Your club joins a roll call of honorees that includes about 90 or more individuals, organizations and places of historic interest," Augherton said in making the announcement. "This designation recognizes the efforts of women to attain equality with men in the practice of journalism."

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