7 Great Organizations for Women in Science

We have gone on the hunt to find organizations that are dedicated to supporting, educating and empowering women in science. These inspiring associations are spreading the word and raising awareness about the fact that, hey, women do science too (and they’re actually pretty good at it!).

Women in Science Research Network (UK)


The Women in Science Research Network, or WISRNet for short, is a collaborative project led by Kingston University, The Rothschild Archive and Liverpool University. It is a cross-disciplinary network of academics, archivists and practicing scientists that have come together to contribute to wider studies of gender and diversity in the workplace. WISRNet believes: “By sharing cross disciplinary methodologies we will explore what each group might learn from the other and engage in a wider history of how gender affects authority, expertise, recognition and involvement in science.”


WISRNet has a blog and is also on Twitter, so stay connected!


Scientista (US)


The idea for Scientista began as an online magazine in 2009 during Julia Tartaglia’s junior year at Harvard University. Combining her love for science and interest in digital media, she started WISE Words (Women Innovating Science and Engineering), because she felt that more could be done to encourage, empower and highlight women in STEM.


Two years later, WISE had established a solid following, and Julia decided to take it to the next level. Thus, Scientista was born! The organization strives to connect existing communities of women in science at campuses across the US, to build the largest cohesive network that can act as one voice. Scientista is a social movement aspiring to revolutionize STEM culture by addressing the lack of resources, community, and role models for college women. Co-founder, Christina Tartaglia states: “We can change the stereotype of what a female scientist is!”


Stay in touch by following them on Twitter.


European Platform of Women Scientists (Belgium)


The European Platform of Women Scientists (EPWS) was established in 2005 to represent the aspirations, concerns, interests and needs of women scientist in Europe. EPWS seeks to build a structural link between women scientists and European policy-makers to achieve equal and full participation of women in science and science policy. To date, over 100 networks of women from over 40 countries have become affiliated with EPWS.


Connect with EPWS on Twitter!


Expanding Your Horizons Network (US)


Established in 1974 as the Math Science Network, the Expanding Your Horizons Network exists to inspire girls to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in STEM. EYHN is known for their mentorship program, hosting conferences, and engaging underrepresented communities to inform young women and transform their perspective about career paths and potential success in STEM fields. They are present in some 33 US states, 3 countries, and have already impacted 24,000 young girls so far.


Follow Expanding Your Horizons on Twitter to stay updated!


AWIS (US)


The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) advocates for women in STEM, striving to ensure that, among other things, female scientists are recognized for their achievements, promoted without bias and compensated fairly. AWIS celebrated 40 years in 2013, and is active in many ways, including public engagement, research and analysis, talent development, events and publications. AWIS member Holly Soutter, PhD, adds: “My focus is networking and career development for women in science. That's why I like the multi-disciplinary nature of AWIS as the women are from all sectors of the workforce.”


Get connected and stay informed on AWIS initiatives!


Latinas in STEM (US)


Founded in 2013, Latinas in STEM was founded by five MIT alumnae to motivate young Latinas to pursue STEM education and careers. They believe it is key to not only educate young girls, but their parents as well, so that there is a support system in place for these young, emerging scientists. The organization is active via middle- and high-school outreach programs, parent seminars and mentorship for young professionals. It also partners with other great organizations like Girls Today Women Tomorrow, Parent Institute for Quality Education, and the global technology entrepreneurship program, Technovation.


Organization co-founder, Noramay Cadena, was the first person in her family to attend college, and a single mother of a toddler when she began at MIT in 1999. She shares, "Role models—'relate-able' people who look like the audience you're trying to reach—are critically important. We will showcase Latina professionals across the country (U.S.), share their stories, and inspire new generations of young girls to pursue critical STEM careers."


Follow Latinas in STEM on Twitter to stay informed of their latest activities. They are also on Instagram!


WiN Global (Worldwide)


Women in Nuclear (WiN) is a non-profit organization with chapters all over the world seeking to promote interest in nuclear science and engineering, and facilitate an open dialogue with the public to raise awareness of nuclear contributions to society. Over 25,000 members worldwide have joined a local chapter since WiN Global was established in 1992, and it is continuously contributing to numerous scientific industries ranging from medicine to public policy.


Susan Brissette, head of WiN Canada and a 2013 WiN Honoree said, “Our industry needs advocates and WiN members are ideally placed to help support the advancement of nuclear and radiation technology in their respective countries.”


This year, the annual conference will go Down Under to be hosted by WiN Australia. See if your country has a local WiN chapter, and like WiN Global on Facebook to stay updated on their worldwide activities!


These groups are doing some great work to advance women and girls in science! What organization really inspires you to get involved with the cause? Share your thoughts by tweeting us @4womeninscience, using the #womeninscience hashtag.


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