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Our online media kit offers media professionals the latest information about the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), including staff biographies, history, annual reports and our position and influence in industry-related public policy initiatives. For more information about SWE, please email Chris Martin, or call 630-305-0003 and ask for Chris.

SWE's Background and Mission

SWE was established in 1950 and celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2015 and has over 40,000 members across the globe. SWE is the world’s largest advocate for all women in engineering and technology, offering a vast pool of resources to nurture personal and professional development. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career for women through an array of training and development programs, networking opportunities, scholarships, outreach and advocacy activities.

SWE mission is to:

  • 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
  • Demonstrate the value of diversity
  • SWE champions the value of diversity by being the catalyst for change.
  • SWE inspires women to achieve their full potential as engineers and leaders.
  • SWE will be there for women as they seek to be their authentic selves in all stages of their careers and lives.
  • SWE is a resource to young girls and collegiates exploring future careers in engineering and technology.

COVID-19 Updates

Recent News Releases

SWE’s Annual Conference and Career Fair Goes Virtual
September 21, 2020
Women and Men in Engineering and Technology Recognized for STEM Achievements & Community Contributions 3M’s Jayshree Seth PhD Receives SWE’s Highest Honor
September 21, 2020
SWE Announces New 2021 WE Local Dates
September 21, 2020
The Society of Women Engineers Awards Over $1 Million in Scholarships
September 21, 2020
Giving Video Commencement Speech Is Not Rocket Science, But It Pays to Have Experience at NASA
September 21, 2020
The Society of Women Engineers Inspires Girls to Design, Create and Engineer
November 9, 2019

What: The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) will host Invent it. Build It. during WE19 Nov. 9, 2019 in Anaheim, Calif. Anaheim-area attendees will spend the morning at the STEM EXPO, where they can learn about local engineering clubs, engineering camps, competitions, after-school programs, scholarships and more. In the afternoon, Invent it. Build it. is Read more…

State of Women in Engineering Revealed at WE19 in Anaheim
November 7, 2019

What: The Society of Women Engineers will host its Fourth Annual State of Women in Engineering panel discussion at WE19–the world’s largest conference and career fair for women engineers– in Anaheim, Calif. The State of Women in Engineering will provide clarity to the wealth of data that is available and shed light on some of Read more…

Women Engineers Set to Live, Learn, and Lead in Anaheim
October 1, 2019

CHICAGO (Oct. 1, 2019) – Anaheim sets the stage this year for the largest conference and career fair for women engineers. The Society of Women Engineers’ WE19 will attract thousands of women engineers to the Anaheim Convention Center Nov. 7-9, 2019. Only 13 percent of employed engineers are women; WE19 provides a platform for this Read more…

Kaitlyn Ludlam Receives SWENext Global Ambassador Award
October 1, 2019

CHICAGO (Oct. 1, 2019) –Fleming Island, Fla.-resident and Fleming Island High School student Kaitlyn Ludlam has been honored with the SWENext Global Innovator Award for demonstrating a commitment to bettering the lives of women in STEM, volunteering in outreach initiatives, and pursuing a career in engineering. Ludlam will be honored alongside her peers at a Read more…

SWE Installs Long-Time Mentor and Member, Cindy Hoover, as FY20 President
July 18, 2019

CHICAGO – Vice President and Chief Engineer for Operations at Spirit AeroSystems, Cindy Hoover, will officially accept the title of president of the largest non-profit advocate for women in engineering, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Hoover will be inaugurated with the FY20 Board of Directors and Board of Trustees at a reception on Thursday, Read more…

SWE in the News

WE19 and Beyond

WE19 is the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in engineering and technology, connecting thousands of people who share an engineering outlook.

Countdown to WE20


WE Local

WE Local is a localized version of the national conference, allowing access to professional development and networking right in your backyard. WE Local will attract an audience of women at all stages of their engineering careers – from the collegiate level and upwards. WE Local features networking opportunities, outstanding professional development, a career fair and inspiration.

Upcoming Events

  • WE Local India: April 22-23, 2021
  • WE Local Europe: May 26-28, 2021
  • WE21 in Indianapolis, IN: October 21-23, 2021