The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a national advocacy organization championing the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) across all disciplines and employment sectors. At the national level, AWIS touts a membership of more than 3,500 individual members and 50 chapters and affiliate groups across the country.
In 1971, at the annual FASEB meeting, flyers were posted inviting women scientists to a champagne mixer and meeting to encourage the exchange of ideas and solutions to overcoming job discrimination, lower pay, and professional isolation. Those 27 women who took the initiative to make science a better place for women founded the Association for Women in Science (AWIS), today’s premiere leadership organization advocating the interests of women in science and technology. For nearly 40 years, the Association for Women in Science has fought for equity and career advancement for women – from the bench to the board room.
AWIS unites women and men through our nationwide network of chapters and partnerships with aligned professional organizations.
Our success is dependent upon the diversity of our members, our corporate and institutional partners and our sponsors — all of whom are committed to the advancement of women’s leadership in STEM.