SWE and WITI
SWE and WITI
Among the oldest and well-known services available to women in the sciences is the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). SWE, a non-profit educational service organization, is dedicated to supporting women in the engineering profession. Founded in 1950 when a group of women engineers from different states met independently in New Jersey, SWE has become an organizational support system for women active in the field as well as those who wish to enter it. Central to SWE’s philosophy is the belief in mentoring. SWE also offers developmental workshops, technical sessions, and business support meetings. Today SWE has members in all 50 US states as well as in many other nations.
There are currently 37 WITI chapters worldwide, offering a variety of resources related to training and support. Some of these resources include the WITI National Conference Series, Conference Tracks, WITI Fast Track Expos and the WITI “Xecutive” Coaching, all professional programs dedicated to the professional development of women in science careers.
As women continue to advance in the fields of science, technology, and engineering, the level of support for women technicians will also continue to grow. SWE and WITI are two examples of the wide range of choices available to women technologists.