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Women Engineers in Government Contractor Careers Affinity Group
The SWE Women Engineers in Government Contractor Careers Affinity Group (WEgcc AG) informally started in November 2022 as our leaders searched for ways to connect with other women in engineering at government-owned, contractor-operated facilities. This group is particularly unique in the opportunities, challenges, and growth paths that face employees, combining attributes seen in the industry and public sectors, and academia, as well as forming some aggregate of these traits that wasn’t well-represented by any singular group. Because government contractors and consultants work at these intersections between the federal government, academia, and industry, it’s not uncommon for this group to feel excluded on all sides. The mission of the WEgcc AG is to connect the community of women working in government contractor careers and provide support, engagement, and encouragement to all professionals working in engineering and technology at government-adjacent institutions. The WEgcc AG aims to provide support to all of its members in the form of networking, mentoring, and expanded access to SWE’s resources. Ultimately, the goal of the WEgcc AG is to build an integrated network of government-adjacent (contractors, consultants, and the like) engineering professionals committed to the growth and development of themselves, fellow members, and their broader communities. The WEgcc AG falls under the Business & Interests Affinity Group umbrella.
Posted on 07 Jun 2024
Social Science Survey Participation
Society of Women Engineers posted that Student seeks survey participants! Answer this short survey to share your experiences on the supports or barriers you’ve encountered when choosing engineering as your college major or profession. This survey is open to college students and professionals! Responses are completely anonymous.
Posted on 07 Jun 2024
Sitting to Take a Stand
Sit With Me invites everyone to validate and recognize the important role women play in creating future technology by taking a small but symbolic action: sit in a red chair and share your story. Sit With Me (SWM) is a fun, creative advocacy campaign for men and women, both technical and non-technical, to acknowledge and celebrate the critical need for women’s technical contributions. With its iconic red chair, SWM events allow everyone to participate in a meaningful conversation about the power of inclusion, which might otherwise be intimidating.
Posted on 27 May 2024
NCWITC4C at EdCon24
Join NCWIT Counselors for Computing (NCWITC4C) consultants at CYBER.ORG EdCon 24 in Orlando, Florida, on June 15th – 17th to discover how to effectively prepare students for cyber careers and expand access to cybersecurity education! This counselor-focused content track will share information about Cybersecurity CTE Courses, character education, and online safety in a series of sessions!
Posted on 27 May 2024
STEMM Opportunity Alliance Releases National Strategy at White House Summit
On the 1st of May, the STEMM Opportunity Alliance (SOA) announced STEMM Equity and Excellence 2050: A National Strategy for Progress and Prosperity at the 2024 White House Summit on STEMM Equity and Excellence, co-hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The overarching goal of the national strategy is to help 20 million people from historically excluded and marginalized communities enter, contribute to, and thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medical (STEMM) fields. SOA is a nationwide initiative committed to tapping America’s culturally rich, innovative, and diverse talent pool to expand the STEMM workforce. Along with unveiling the national strategy, SOA announced that its partners, which have more than doubled in size since the December 2022 launch (200+), have collectively committed more than $2 billion to realize the vision of the national strategy. “America’s diversity of thought, derived from our diversity of geography, background and identity, is one of our nation’s strongest assets,” said Sudip Parikh, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the Science family of journals. “Growing the STEMM workforce to its greatest potential enables us to create a world where every child, regardless of their background, sees participation in STEMM as their birthright.” Each SOA partner has aligned new or existing commitments and projects under the metrics laid out in the national strategy, all committing to multi-lateral, cross-sector collaboration to achieve systems-level change. Additionally, SOA announced 10 organizations to serve as anchor partners, each of whom will facilitate working groups within the strategy’s foundations, five pillars, and capstone. The anchor partners will build strong networks, drive toward ambitious, measurable goals, and realign SOA partners’ support, systems and accountability measures.
Posted on 08 May 2024
Best Books by and for Women in STEM
For women in STEM, seeing themselves in the media is rare. As of 2023, 72% of young women and girls said they wish there were more STEM women characters in movies and TV. But when they do, the impact is huge. Studies have shown that women’s mindsets are impacted by what they see in the media. For instance, it’s been shown that seeing powerful women in the media decreases negative self-perceptions and increases interest in leadership roles among women watching. The same effect occurs when women in STEM see characters who look like them in movies, TV, and books. While the overall number of women in STEM displayed in the media has stayed static in recent years, STEM characters who are women of color increased 13% between 2017 and 2022. As a result, women of color feel encouraged to pursue a career in STEM. In surveying girls about the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, 72% and 68% of respondents said characters Shuri and Riri had a positive influence on their STEM interest, respectively. In addition to fictional characters, there are multiple real women in STEM who have documented their stories on the page. Here are a few books to check out for high school and college women in STEM.
Posted on 08 May 2024
Women in STEM: Closing the Gender Gap Through Effective Mentorship Programs
SWE's recent case study underscores the critical role of female STEM mentorship programs. Mentorship programs function as gateways to professional networks and provide essential support resources for women in STEM. Women remain vastly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Recent statistics paint a concerning picture: globally, only 35% of STEM students are female, and this number drops to a mere 28% for doctoral students. Addressing this imbalance and closing the gender gap in STEM participation and success have become a global priority. In 2022, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) hosted research roundtable discussions with individuals from Austria, Germany, and the United States to gather insights and recommendations to address the gender gap in STEM education and the workforce. These roundtables highlighted the significant impact effective mentorship programs have in supporting women in STEM - both on a global international scale and as an emerging powerful tool for empowerment and support. Recognizing the crucial role of female STEM mentorship programs, SWE conducted a qualitative study involving interviews with international participants in identified female mentoring programs at universities in Austria and Germany. The selected programs were aimed at retaining women in STEM graduate studies and faculty. The research objective focused on understanding what factors make a university STEM mentorship program truly impactful for women and examined “What are the key factors that contribute to the effectiveness of university STEM mentorship programs in promoting the advancement and success of women in engineering and technology fields within the specific contexts of Austria and Germany?” Findings from SWE’s case study report shed light on female mentorship program effectiveness, program design, best practices, and lessons learned.
Posted on 30 Apr 2024
Lessons Learned?
The female empowerment portrayed in the book and television series Lessons in Chemistry may have been ahead of its time. The experiences of a woman chemist facing sexism in science in the mid-20th century seems an unlikely topic for 21st-century popular culture. Yet, Bonnie Garmus’ Lessons in Chemistry1 focuses on just that and has experienced tremendous success. The book, published in 2022, spent 51 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list as of November 2023, was named Amazon’s Best Book for April 2022, and was Barnes & Noble’s Book of the Year for 2022. And in November 2023 Apple TV released a limited television series based on the book. Lessons in Chemistry aims to depict, in an approachable and humorous way, the difficulties women experienced if they attempted to enter the world of science in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Elizabeth Zott, a talented, aspiring research chemist, enters a graduate program in chemistry in the late 1950s but soon falls victim to sexual misconduct and the university’s unwillingness to do anything about the misbehavior of a male professor. She leaves for a job at a research institute, where she becomes romantically involved with a brilliant, successful, but unorthodox male chemist. With his support, both psychological and institutional, her career as a researcher begins to show signs of taking off. Unfortunately, he dies in an accident and Zott is subsequently fired by the research institute, whose staff resented her and refused to see her as anything more than a parasite feeding off her late partner’s success.
Posted on 30 Apr 2024
NCWIT SMART Scholarship 101; May 8, 2024
This webinar is for undergraduate and graduate students who aspire to make a difference in the world of STEM. Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock the doors of opportunity within the Department of Defense! Join NCWIT for an informative event about the esteemed Department of Defense (DoD) SMART Scholarship program. At 2 pm PT | 3 pm MT | 4 pm CT | 5 pm ET, delve into the comprehensive benefits and unparalleled opportunities offered via SMART Scholarship, an initiative designed to empower the next generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) leaders. A panel of speakers will share invaluable insights into the program’s structure, eligibility criteria, and application process. Participants will discover how the SMART Scholarship program fosters a dynamic environment where scholars engage in cutting-edge research, collaborate with learning experts in their fields, and contribute to critical defense initiatives. From full tuition coverage to stipends, internships, and post-graduation employment opportunities, the benefits of the SMART Scholarship are extensive.
Posted on 30 Apr 2024
Hon. Paula Stern asks Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger about diversity in the tech workforce
The Council on Foreign Relations hosted Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger to discuss developments in the tech industry, the implications of geopolitical conflicts on global trade, and leadership lessons learned.
In this clip, I, on behalf of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), ask Mr. Gelsinger about any initiatives at Intel that may be helping to retain women and other underrepresented groups in the tech workforce.
Posted on 10 Apr 2024

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