In our third of four #GivingTuesday Program Profiles, we are featuring our efforts to advocate for gender diversity in the STEM workforce in Washington, DC. This work ensures women can advance at all stages of their careers. Support Capitol Hill Day with your #GivingTuesday donation!
Through our annual Capitol Hill Day, SWE convenes members and organizational partners to increase awareness around the advancement of women in STEM professions.
We also educate congressional members and staff about how a commitment to attaining a diverse and inclusive U.S. STEM workforce will help maintain U.S. competitiveness through innovation. Some of our goals for the 2017 Capitol Hill Day include:
- Provide a congressional visit training to SWE members and partners.
- Advocate for the adequate investment in basic and applied research across the federal research agencies.
- Increase knowledge that STEM education for girls (especially those from rural and economically disadvantaged populations) and those who are traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields fuels the economy of the United States.
- Ensure that Title IX is appropriately applied across federal agencies and that non-compliance is addressed in a meaningful and expeditious manner.
- Embrace policies that help female engineers and STEM professionals to balance life and work, such as equal pay, sufficient maternity and paid family leave and adequate childcare resources.
Want to be involved? Check out the SWE Legislative Action Center and on #Giving Tuesday (11/29) login to your SWE Member Account and click Donate to SWE or follow this link here to make your #GivingTuesday gift.
Advocacy work is most successful through strong partnerships. We are grateful that we are not alone in this work and proud to list the following organizations that participated in our 2016 Capitol Hill Day programming:
American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES)
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
ASME, Anita Borg Institute (ABI)
Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
International Society of Automation (ISA)
IEEE-USA, National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT)
National GEM Consortium
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME)
The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)
Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)