SWE Public Policy initiatives support the Society’s mission by engaging our members in policy issues that impact the advancement of women in engineering. Our goals are to provide SWE members with timely information and tools to enhance their understanding of the issues and encourage volunteer participation at the federal level. We also aim to educate other professional societies and policymakers on applying Title IX to STEM fields.
Take Action & Additional Resources
Primary Public Policy Goals:
To educate SWE members about public policy happenings via posts on All Together, articles in SWE Magazine, and sessions at the Annual Conference.
- To provide tools to participate in public policy.
- To have SWE volunteers engaged in public policy at the federal level
- To educate other professional societies and policymakers on how Title IX can be applied to STEM fields
SWE’s priority is to lead the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and diverse communities to engage SWE members, other professional societies, and policymakers on how Title IX can be applied to STEM fields.
SWE Public Policy Focus Areas:
- Strengthening America’s schools as presented in SWE’s general position statement, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education and the Need for a Technologically Literate Workforce.
- How Title IX can be applied to STEM fields as presented in SWE’s general position statement, The Application of Title IX to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Fields.
- Strengthening the STEM workforce by ensuring equal opportunity for women in STEM education and careers as stated in SWE’s general position statement, SWE General Position Statement on Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action.
- Policies that advance women in the workforce: Women need to integrate the various aspects of their lives to be successful on their own terms, for both career and family, as presented in SWE’s general position statement, The Need for Work & Life Integration Policies to Retain Women in STEM.
Watch: SWE's Public Policy Training
SWE Federal Bill Tracker
State Level Resources
SWE is pleased to link some external resources for advocacy at the state level:
- State Policy and Advocacy Resources from the STEM Education Coalition
- STEM Vital Signs (STEM stats by state) by the Education Commission of the States
- Advocating for Science and STEM Education Created by BOSE Washington Partners for the National Science Teachers Association
- Full Toolkit: STEM Learning Ecosystems Advocacy Toolkit from the STEM Education Coalition
Past Input & Resources
- The STEM Gap: Remaining Challenges to Women’s Full Participation
- Letter to the Committee on Appropriations regarding recommendations for appropriations related to STEM education programs
- Letter regarding recommendations for appropriations related to STEM education programs
- Sign-on Letter for Elementary and Secondary Education Act
- Feedback on COMPETES