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Follow the people and organizations that have shaped the world of women in engineering and technology. SWE News Archives keep you abreast of all the major industry events, noteworthy publications and member achievements. Also access archived articles from our All Together newsletter.

The Society of Women Engineers Announces Celebrate SWE! Keynote Speaker for WE14

CHICAGO, Oct. 9, 2014 WE14, the Society of Women Engineers' (SWE) annual conference, is the premier event for women in engineering. Each year, attendees from around the globe come together for three days of professional development, workshops, networking events, local tours and the leading career fair for women in engineering. This year, WE14 will also host the International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES16), attracting 7,000 women from around the globe. Celebrate SWE!...

Successful Scientists and Engineers in Leadership

President Obama has appointed Megan Smith as the new chief technology officer for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She is an internationally recognized and award-winning entrepreneur, engineer and tech evangelist. She holds a bachelors and masters degree in mechanical engineering from MIT. The new CISE director at the National Science Foundation, Dr. Lynne Parker is also an engineer. In fact, Fortune Magazine just named their 10 most powerful women in busin

Data and Accountability to Address Gender Bias in STEM Fields

A recent study published by the American Psychological Association analyzed nine years of data and found that 23 percent of black female freshman between 1990 and 1999 said they planned to major in STEM fields compared to 16 percent of white women. Data from the National Science Foundation demonstrates that in 2010, 8 percent of black women earned degrees in a STEM field, compared to 10 percent of white women. These studies are critical in identifying and defining the issues that lead to the ...

Current Congressional Bills that Impact Engineers and Scientists

SWE is committed to transforming the STEM workforce in order to maximize contributions from women. We are tracking the following list of bills that will enable family-friendly policies, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, create safe work environments and provide women in STEM with resources to start their own businesses.Family and Medical Leave Act of 2013 (S.1810, H.R. 3712): Provides paid family and medical leave benefits to certain individuals.Paycheck Fairness Act (S.2...

Congress in Action: Maintaining the Gender Pay Gap

Congress returned from their August recess on September 8 and was adjourned by September 19th. While in session, the Paycheck Fairness Act was discussed in the Senate. It died there.Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act (S.2199) in April 2014. It seeks to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to more effectively eliminate the gender gap in wages created by discrimination on the basis of sex. In it, employers are required to provide bona fide pr...

SWE and AWIS Amplify Message with Strategic Public Partnership

The Society of Women Engineers and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) are pleased to announce a partnership uniting 50,000 voices to advocate on behalf of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The two organizations will collaborate on timely public policy initiatives designed to better the lives of the roughly 1.8 million women working in these fields while working for a positive shift in the public consciousness concerning equality in STEM workplaces....

FY14 Year-End SWE Scorecard

The SWE Scorecard provides quarterly updates on our progress toward achieving our strategic goals. The FY14 Year-End Scorecard highlights the accomplishments of our section, region and Society leaders and members toward meeting the goals set forth this past fiscal year. The FY14 goals included:Professional Excellence: SWE will develop women engineers at all stages of their personal and professional lives.Globalization: SWE will be recognized as a global, inclusive organization, prom...

WE14 Town Hall Call for Questions

Whether you're attending the conference in person or participating through virtual access, we want to hear your questions at the upcoming WE14 Town Hall. Submit your questions in advance and add your voice to strengthen our discussions and drive our debates. Send your questions to us through Facebook, via email at or through Twitter using the #AskWE14 hashtag.

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