Association for Women in Science

Association for Women in Science (AWIS). Founded in 1971, the AWIS is the largest multidiscipline organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) that advocates for full participation of women in all STEM disciplines across all employment sectors. AWIS reaches more than 20,000 professionals, 30 percent of whom are in private industry. Membership is open to anyone who supports the vision and mission of AWIS. The association has two programs that focus on promoting women in technology in the private sector: Women in Advanced Manufacturing and Talent and Leadership Development. Women in Advanced Manufacturing advocates for and promotes the roles of women in manufacturing, offers professional development opportunities, and provides training on implicit bias to manufacturing companies, particularly since manufacturing pays 17 percent better than other industries. It also researches disparities that affect women in the technology sector: for example, women in the United States represent 25 percent of STEM professionals, but hold less than 10 percent of all patents. The Talent and Leadership Development program offers mentoring, coaching, and leadership opportunities so women can continue to grow throughout their career. Membership costs $65 to $1,000.