National Networks for Women in STEM

We can’t do this alone. We all need each other. As female scientists, we are standing on the shoulders of the many women who came before us, removing incredible obstacles and paving the way for our generation. We can learn from our predecessors that this is a journey best undertaken together—working together with our peers, learning from mentors, and reaching out to and mentoring women who will come after us.

As women studying science, it’s our time to get involved too—on the national and local levels. What great things can our new generation accomplish together?

One of the largest recognized barriers to the success and advancement of female students is a feeling of disconnection from others in their fields due to an absence of female role models.

Earth Sciences Women’s Network, ESWN

From their web site:

ESWN is an international peer-mentoring network of women in the Earth Sciences, many of whom are in the early stages of their careers. Our mission is to promote career development, build community, provide opportunities for informal mentoring and support, and facilitate professional collaborations.

Association for Women Geoscientists, AWG

From their web site:

The Association for Women Geoscientists is an international organization devoted to enhancing the quality and level of participation of women in geosciences and to introduce girls and young women to geoscience careers. Membership is open to anyone who supports AWG’s goals. Our members include:

  • professional women and men from industry, government, museums, academia, and K-12 teachers
  • students
  • retirees
  • others interested in supporting our goals

Our diverse interests and expertise cover the entire spectrum of geoscience disciplines and career paths, providing unexcelled networking and mentoring opportunities. Our membership is brought together by a common love of earth science and the desire to ensure rewarding opportunities for women in the geosciences.

Emily Fischer & Sara Callahan @ Ute Trail

2012 ESWN Board members gather for a meeting


Association for Women in Science, AWIS

From their web site:

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) dedicated to achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors.


From their web site:

The Scientista Foundation is a national organization that empowers pre-professional women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through content, communities, and conferences. Currently the largest network of campus women across STEM disciplines, Scientista serves to connect all communities of women in STEM at campuses across the nation, giving such important organizations more visibility and resources, and building a strong, cohesive network of women in science that can act as one voice.

American Association of University Women, AAUW

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

Society of Women Engineers, SWE

From their web site:

For more than six decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Our organization is centered around a passion for our members’ success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today’s exciting engineering and technology specialties.

We invite you to explore the values, principles, and priorities that guide our initiatives and learn how together, we can continue to make a lasting impact on the future.


Be sure to also check out our listing of National Networks by Discipline