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American Women in Radio and TelevisionAmerican Women in Radio & Television - Non-profit professional organization and feminist advocacy group designed to better the salaries and power base of women in the radio, television and cable. The AWRT was formed in 1951 when the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) discontinued its women's division, the Association of Women Directors (AWD). AWRT's mission is to advance the impact of women in the electronic media and allied fields by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry. In 1960, AWRT became the first professional broadcasting organization to establish an educational foundation.

In 1975, the group presented its first awards to those groups or individuals who represented a realistic positive portrayal of women on radio and television.

A testimony to the groups possible influence might be Barbara Walters who was the first newscaster in history (man or woman) to receive an annual salary of one million dollars.

The AWRT also sponsors The Gracie Allen Awards (The Gracies),  named after comedian Gracie Allen, an early trailblazer for women in radio and television. The Gracies strive to encourage the realistic and faceted portrayal of women in entertainment, commercials, news, features and other programs.


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