Programs 2017-2018

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.

Bestselling Author Liza Mundy

If you joined us Wed. October 4th for State of Education with Politico's Kimberly Hefling and Laura McGiffert Slover, CEO of Centerpoint Education, it was a stellar event.

Renewals

2017-2018 Membership Renewals are out. If you did not receive yours, you can download here: http://anwc.com/membership-renewal/  Send in your renewal today!

Meet our Interns

Blair Abington, Lily Chorches, Gianna Rago and Shelby Weathers from AU's Washington Mentorship Program.

 Historic Clubhouse

The ANWC Clubhouse 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.

Club Hours: M, T, W, F 10:30 am - 2:30 PM Phone: 202-332-6770, Email: anwclub@comcast.net

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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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History in the Making: Cranford House

 Cranford House: Home to the American News Women's Club

ANWC is located at 1607 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 at 22nd Street and Florida Ave., on Embassy Row between the Bulgarian and Estonian Embassies.  For use for an event contact cranfordhouse@anwc.org. Regular  office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10a-4p and move to summer hours in June. Call us at 202-332-6770 or e-mail us anwclub@comcast.net. Street parking is available but limited depending on time of day. Parking garages are nearby on Mass. Avenue. Allow yourself time to park.

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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Photo Galleries

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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."

The End of Our Mortgage Makes News

 

ANWC's First Shop Talk