Objectives/Mission

The Society of Women Engineers is the largest non-profit educational and service organization representing both student and professional women in engineering and technical fields. SWE was founded in 1950 with over 17,000 members in 90 professional sections and 300 student sections. The objectives of SWE are to inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the general public of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them, to assist women in readying themselves for a return to active work after temporary retirement. Serve as a center of information on women in engineering, and to encourage women engineers to attain high levels of educational and professional achievement. The mission of SWE 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, and demonstrate the value of diversity.

Strategic Priorities

SWE will provide opportunities for women to attain, enhance, and demonstrate leadership, professional, and technical excellence that results in career aspiration, advancement, achievement, and satisfaction. SWE will embrace and promote the value and power of diversity in specialties, age, race, ethnicity, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, and interests. SWE will share its acquired knowledge and promote programs that bridge the gaps in recruitment, professional development, and retention of women in engineering. SWE will inspire girls and women from diverse backgrounds and life stages to aspire to engineering for meaningful and rewarding careers.

Education and Outreach

The technical professions will benefit, and the quality of life will be enhanced by more women of all backgrounds pursuing the profession of engineering.

Inclusive Organization

SWE will be an inclusive organization focused on issues of interest to women of all backgrounds in engineering and technical careers.

Knowledge Source

SWE will be a worldwide leader and preferred partner in the creation and advancement of information about women in techincal careers.

Professional Leadership

Women will be acknowledged as demonstrating the skills required to be effective leaders in a global marketplace.

Value and Benefit

SWE programs and services across the organization will provide value and benefit and meet the diverse and changing needs of Society members and stakeholders.