A 50-year History of Championing Women in Science & Over 30 Grassroots Chapters

We are dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors.

Our Mission

To ensure that all women in science can achieve their full potential. AWIS champions the interests of women in science across all disciplines and employment sectors.​

Our Vision

To be the voice for driving change and equity for all women in science.

Jessi Smith is smiling wide, wearing bright red glasses and a blue button-down shirt. There's a brick wall behind her.

“The “W” in AWIS stands for women. Our community knows that the collective “W” includes women of color, women from different socioeconomic backgrounds, women with disabilities, women who are caregivers, and women who are cisgender (when biological sex at birth matches gender identity), as well as those who identify as transgender (when biological sex at birth and identity are different), nonbinary, gender-fluid, and/or queer. We include everyone in our “W.” Indeed, we might even think of the “W” in AWIS as meaning “whole-person.”

Jessi L. Smith, PhD, AWIS member since 2013

How You Can Help

Do you believe in our mission to champion women in science? You can make a lasting impact for current and future women scientists. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Make a Donation — Support our advocacy, education, and career advancement efforts with a monetary gift. AWIS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so your gift is tax-deductible.
  • Become a Member — AWIS members create a safe, supportive community for women scientists. As an AWIS member, you can invest in yourself and fellow women in science.
  • Become a Partner — Higher education institutions, corporations, and other organizations partner with AWIS to connect with and champion our global network of women scientists.

 

For additional information about how you can support AWIS, please email awis@awis.org or call us at 202-827-9798.

Recognized Impact and Reach

More About Our Members

Please note: This data is self-reported by members, and they can choose not to answer these questions on their profile.

AWIS Members by Discipline

Biological/Agricultural Science
36%
Chemistry
8%
Computer Science and Math
9%
Earth and Geoscience
9%
Engineering
9%
Health and Medical
19%
Social Sciences
6%
Physics and Astronomy
7%

AWIS Members by Employment Sector

Academia
44%
Industry/Business
37%
Government/Military/Public Service
15%
Other
4%

AWIS Members by Career Stage

Student
37%
Postdoc/Early Career
29%
Mid Career
21%
Senior Career
10%
Other
3%

AWIS Members by Race/Ethnicity

Asian/Asian American
20%
Black/African American
8%
Hispanic/Latina
8%
White
55%
Mixed/Other
9%

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

We strongly believe that organizations function more effectively with diversity of thought, and the inclusion of varying voices.  Each of us has unique strengths and attributes and embracing these differences is important to make our organizations exceptional places to work. Since 1971, AWIS has embraced and respected the value of a diverse and inclusive community reflective of the rich experience of our membership, board, and employees.