The Search for Equity:
Women in Journalism
and Mass Communication Education
Ramona R. Rush
It appears to some of us that the stars and planets in the universe must have aligned between 1970 and 1972 to have brought forth at least four important “happenings. ” The events include the initial study in the field of communications about the status of women, the establishment of what has evolved into the Commission on the Status of Women and the Commission on the Status of Minorities in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and the establishment of the Women's Institute for the Freedom of the Press (WIFP).
More than likely, though, these events occurred because the time was right in the important institutional intersections of society. For whatever reason, we are fortunate now to have the occasion to re-examine and re-member these events three decades later. This book is dedicated to the women and men who have labored for a more just journalism and mass communication ecology and environment for white women and women and men of color. More specifically, this book is dedicated to the two AEJMC Commissions and to Dr. Donna Allen, founder of the WIFP, for their unique roles in our field of journalism and mass communication both as a profession and as a scholarship and educational academic discipline. We have another dedication: to the staff of the AEJMC headquarters, without whom these book contributors would still be searching for materials and data—little distribution of equity is possible without a strong organizational support staff and blessed are we who have one.