Making an Impact

For over 50 years, AWIS has provided scholarships, programs, and advocacy to help advance women in science. Below are some recent initiatives.

Helping more scientists #DiscoverWhatsNext

Society has made strides toward gender equity, but there are still improvements to be made. AWIS will continue to advocate for safe and welcoming workplaces with equitable hiring, pay and advancement as we strive to achieve our mission of full participation for women in the scientific workforce. We appreciate the engagement of our members, chapter leaders, board members, volunteers, partners, and donors whose support makes all the difference. THANK YOU!

More Focus

To ensure that our organization is focused on the right areas to increase our mission impact, AWIS convened a Strategic Plan Taskforce. This group gathered input from members, partners, staff, and volunteer leaders, refined the AWIS mission and vision, established core values, created a robust DEIB framework, and synthesized all feedback into a new Strategic Plan with four focus areas for 2023-2026.

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A dozen AWIS members pose in front of Capitol Hill during their visit in May 2023
Photo courtesy of Cosette Schneider

More Advocacy

For the first time since 2018, AWIS led a dozen members to Capitol Hill to engage in-person with the leaders of several STEM caucuses and committees. We worked to develop relationships with their offices and ensure that they understand both the barriers that women face and the importance of equity in STEM. We also gathered local advocacy resources to support those who want to drive policy changes in their state and materials to explain why DEI training is essential to ensure safe, productive environments for STEM professionals and students.

More Career Resources

AWIS added 50 articles to a new Career Advice section of the AWIS Career Center to give jobseekers guidance for every step of their career. They can also explore career insights, request a free resume review, hire a career coach, and explore thousands of job postings. We hosted over 500,000 job searches last year and almost 1500 people signed up for AWIS virtual career fairs.

Several AWIS members from Northern California celebrating at their annual award gala
Photo by @with_grace7 on Instagram

More Connections

In 2023, we added a speakers’ bureau and over 50 researchers, educators, and industry leaders have signed up to share their expertise. AWIS also added over a dozen corporate and institutional partners and 3 new chapters to our growing our community of 6,000+ members. While local chapters facilitate face-to-face networking and mentoring, our online discussion board allows members to search and connect with others across the country. 

More Growth Opportunities

Over 2,000 people registered for AWIS professional development webinars. Thanks to funds from the Danaher Foundation, AWIS hosted inspiring, science icons like Emily Calandrelli and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha who shared their advice for other women scientists and activists. Over 350 women serve as chapter leaders, committee members, or volunteer for the AWIS writing team.

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Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash

More Scholarships

Members consistently tell us that recognition and scholarships help boost their confidence and their careers. Thanks to a generous grant from the Danaher Foundation, AWIS awarded almost $50,000 in scholarships in 2023. In addition, nine members were recognized during the Annual AWIS Awards for their contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) and over 200 women in STEM were highlighted on AWIS social media channels.