The Society of Women Engineers is the largest non-profit educational and service organization representing both student and professional women in engineering and technical fields.
  • Founded in 1950
  • Incorporated in 1952
  • Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois
  • Over 17,000 members in 90 sections and 300 student sections
  • More than 400 members-at-large
Objectives (adopted 1958)
  • Inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the general public, of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them.
  • Assist women in readying themselves for a return to active work after temporary retirement.
  • Serve as a center of information on women in engineering.
  • Encourage women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement.
Mission (adopted 1986)
  • 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.

Strategic Priorities:

Education and Outreach:
The technical professions will benefit, and the quality of life will be enhanced by more women of all backgrounds pursuing the profession of engineering.
Inclusive Organization:
SWE will be an inclusive organization focused on issues of interest to women of all backgrounds in engineering and technical careers.
Knowledge Source:
SWE will be a worldwide leader and preferred partner in the creation and advancement of information about women in technical careers.
Professional Leadership:
Women will be acknowledged as demonstrating the skills required to be effective leaders in a global marketplace.
Value and Benefit:
SWE programs and services across the organization will provide value and benefit and meet the diverse and changing needs of Society members and stakeholders.

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