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Integrity: A Woman’s Place is of sound moral character and adheres to ethical principles.

I thoroughly enjoy the magic of the internet.

The internet gives us that essential power to take a word like “Integrity” and dissect it. We can ask the internet, “What does it mean to be of sound moral character?” and then choose from about 5,000,000 responses.

If you are a fan of Yahoo! Answers, you’ll appreciate that one easy answer is that it means you’re not a nut case.

Your search also reveals a clever writing assignment from a teacher challenging students to write a first-person essay interpreting a list of moral characteristics (a challenge I may nerdily accept just for fun). Characteristics include being honest, trustworthy, truthful, compassionate, courageous, just, keeping promises, having respect for others, being patient and forgiving, being tolerant, respecting autonomy, having fidelity, and having self-respect.

In the end, my personal conclusion is this: Integrity is huge.

To say A Woman’s Place (AWP) is of sound moral character and adheres to ethical principles is not to be done lightly or casually. Wrapped up in that is trustworthiness, courage, respect (for us and others), tolerance. Wrapped up in that is a willingness and bravery to accept our gifts of imperfection and embrace who we are, owning our mistakes and honoring our truths. As someone once said, “Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching.”

Integrity is huge and AWP is embracing this core value.

On May 3, 2012, the Membership of AWP adopted a Values Statement. This underlying set of core beliefs help to define AWP and AWP’s work. It guides AWP’s behavior and shapes the strategies that are pursued in the face of both challenges and opportunities. AWP values integrity, is of sound moral character, and adheres to ethical principles.

Ifeoma Aduba
Executive Director

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