SWE Forum: WE Locals, Congressional Visits, and Women’s History

SWE's engagement in the winter months include a powerful mix of WE Local events, the themes of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, along with public policy and congressional visits.
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State of Women in Engineering 2019 Issue CoverThe winter months include a powerful mix of WE Local events, the themes of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, along with public policy and congressional visits. These threads were expressed through a variety of media, from enthusiastic tweets to Facebook posts, to training blogs and webinars in preparation for congressional visits, to compelling articles and personal stories. Engagement took place in a variety of environments as well, from face-to-face to virtual to formal publications, each addressing the issues of the day.

Insightful comments

Regarding the small number of women at a prominent industry conference:

From Shelley: “We thought it would happen organically,” said Elizabeth Rogan, chief executive of the OSA, “but it didn’t.” I am shocked…SHOCKED that doing nothing didn’t work! At least they’re realizing there’s a problem. I have had pretty disappointing experiences … which is why I spend my time and energy in SWE.


On SWE’s partnering with the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum to create a Women’s History Month exhibit:

From Amy: I just read a book on Hedy Lamarr, another inventor in the 40s for frequency hopping to guide torpedoes, this technology is also used in our cell phones. Incredible women!!


On SWE’s Congressional Outreach Day coinciding with the Hidden Figures Bill:

From Rep. Daniel Lipinski, @RepLipinski: I’m proud to be a friend to @SWEtalk & an advocate for them in Congress. I look forward to supporting the Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act in the House to honor all of the women who contributed to the success of NASA during the Space Race.


On the significance of SWE’s advocacy to legislators: From SWE President Penny Wirsing, @SWE_President: Making a difference for women in engineering.