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    The Society of Women Engineers was Established in 1950

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    SWE is a Global Organization of Nearly 30,000 Members

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    SWE Members Represent All Engineering Disciplines and Many Areas of Technology


For more than six decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Our organization is centered around a passion for our members' success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today's exciting engineering and technology specialties.

We invite you to explore the values, principles, and priorities that guide our initiatives and learn how together, WE can continue to make a lasting impact on the future.

About SWE

Stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.

To be key to the success of women in engineering and technology.

We aspire to the highest level of ethical behavior as evidenced by honesty and dignity in our personal and professional relationships and responsibilities.

Inclusive Environment
We embrace diversity in its broadest interpretation and commit to creating an inclusive environment for all our members and stakeholders.  We value the contributions of a diverse membership, which enables SWE to achieve its full potential.

Mutual Support
We provide an organization that fosters mentoring, and the development of professional and personal networks.

Professional Excellence
We conduct our activities in a professional manner, demonstrating and demanding the highest standards of business practices.

We share a common definition of success with open, transparent access to common information, building mutual respect and confidence in the competence of those with whom we lead, serve and partner with.

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and to be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an exciting array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, and outreach and advocacy activities.



Goal 1: Professional excellence - SWE will develop women engineers at all stages of their personal and professional lives. 

Goal 2: Globalization - SWE will be recognized as a global, inclusive organization, promoting diversity and inclusion and serving women engineers wherever they are.

Goal 3: Advocacy - SWE will advocate for the inclusion and success of women, present and prospective, in engineering and technology. 

Approximately 35,000 individual members which are collegiates and professionals.

Ten geographic regions are comprised of 300 collegiate member sections and 100 professional member sections.

Milestones in SWE's History 

1950 SWE was formed; Dr. Beatrice Hicks was elected as the Society's first president
1951 SWE holds its first annual National Convention in New York City
1951 Journal of the Society of Women Engineers is published
1952 SWE becomes incorporated as a non-profit educational service organization
1953 SWE becomes truly "national," as the Los Angeles section is chartered
1956 A Board of Trustees is established
1983 The executive director position is created
1983 The Board of Directors is re-established
1994 SWE enters the public policy arena
2000 SWE celebrates 50 years
2003 The Corporate Partnership Council is formed
2005 SWE joins coalition formed by MentorNET to raise awareness of the issues of women in STEM
2006 SWE makes strides in policy by co-issuing the position paper, SWE General Position Statement on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and the Need for a U.S. Technologically-Literate Work Force
2006 SWE sponsors EWeek
2006 New outreach program, Aspire, is launched
2008 WE08 Annual Conference breaks attendance records
2010 SWE celebrates 60 years of success with SWE60
2015 SWE hosts largest Annual Conference to date with 8,000+ attendees in Nashville

  • SWE will raise awareness of the transformative work engineers engage in, to provide solutions to problems and improve the quality of life.

  • SWE will be a prime facilitator for creating personal relationships, support systems, and networking between women in engineering and technology. SWE’s global network of professional and collegiate members can share best practices and new technologies as well as bring awareness to issues that affect women and the engineering profession.

  • SWE members will work to show females of all ages that engineers work to solve real world problems and improve the quality of life for all. By demonstrating the impact that engineering can have on lives around the globe, engineering will be seen as a top choice of education and profession for women.

  • SWE will be recognized for building leadership skills, providing leadership experience, and creating opportunities for exposure to top industrial and educational leaders, for both collegiate and professional members. The engineering profession will routinely value SWE for providing influential leaders and contributors, and women will be recognized for their contributions to their schools and their workplace.

  • SWE will be a driving force for promoting a diverse workforce and inclusion of all, not limited to engineers. SWE will actively work to create a community where the profession welcomes and respects individual, personal, and career choices amongst all cultures.

Professional excellence:

Goal 1: SWE will develop women engineers at all stages of their personal and professional lives.

Strategic Objective 1.1: Develop an education-, experience-, and exposure-based portfolio for all career and life stages and paths.

Strategic Objective 1.2Develop new markets and strengthen existing markets for the education, experience, and exposure portfolio.

Goal 2 - SWE will be recognized as a global, inclusive organization, promoting diversity and inclusion and serving women engineers wherever they are.
Strategic Objective 2.1: Partner with global employers to promote the SWE brand.

Strategic Objective 2.2Partner with other organizations to promote achievement of common goals through the SWE brand.
Strategic Objective 2.3: Develop a flexible SWE governance structure that supports globalization and inclusion.

Goal 3 - SWE will advocate for the inclusion and success of women, present and prospective, in engineering and technology.
Strategic Objective 3.1: Lead advocacy efforts with government and through the media.

Strategic Objective 3.2: Provide resources for individuals to advocate for the Society’s Mission and for themselves.

Strategic Objective 3.3
Create opportunities for and improve access to careers in engineering and technology by impacting those who influence career choices for women and girls.

Strategic Objective 3.4: Advocate with employers and academic institutions for the recruitment, retention and advancement of women on women’s own terms.

For professionals:  SWE provides to its members a unique combination of personalized, flexible benefits in the areas of mentoring, training, personal and professional growth - all by women in engineering, for women in engineering.

For collegiates:  SWE provides collegiate members the opportunity to inspire future generations and have fun. SWE also provides collegiate members valuable access to a unique set of resources that sets the stage for a successful career.

For employers:  SWE helps the engineering profession achieve a broadly diverse, well trained workforce to enhance overall workplace performance.

For the profession:  SWE provides many flexible options to inspire, support, and positively impact women in engineering on their own terms.

At SWE, we acknowledge and respect the value of a diverse community. We recognize that the scope of diversity includes race/ethnicity, religion, family status, age, physical abilities, sexual and affectional orientation, actual or perceived gender, gender identity and expression, socio-economic status and occupational focus. Our society will maintain an environment that is supportive of these elements, and we will promote inclusion within our organization and the engineering community.

We Commit to:

  • Developing women in engineering across socio-economic strata and occupational focus.
  • Encouraging the interest and active participation of women and girls of under-represented ethnic groups, including African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans.
  • Providing support to women which acknowledges and respects differences in family status, sexual orientation, age, and physical abilities.

We will ensure that all bylaws, policies and charters support SWE's commitment to diversity. We will align with and participate in those activities and organizations that encourage all dimensions of diversity.

Consideration of these and other elements of diversity will guide the statements and activities of the Society. Nothing in this statement is intended or shall be construed to unlawfully deprive any person of his or her educational and employment opportunities, compensation and/or benefits.

Download our diversity brochure soon.

For a closer look at SWE achievements over the past 12 years, simply click on any of the Annual Report links below. For a printed copy of the current Annual Report, please contact SWE Headquarters at

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