Women in Defense

In 1979, seven women thought up the idea of a network that would help women advance their careers in defense. Women in top defense-related jobs were scarce in the 1970s and early 1980s. The concept evolved into Women In Defense, a membership organization, which drew from the defense industry, the military, and government, and included men. Its founders were: Margo Anderson, Karen Hopkins, Betty Kimmel, JoHanna Kinley, Diane Lafferman, Lillian Morris, and Rebekah Nottingham.

Women In Defense was incorporated in 1985 as a non-profit membership organization in the District of Columbia. It became an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association in 2004. From the organization’s earliest days, WID leaders helped women advance in their national security-related careers by awarding scholarships through its program HORIZONS.

The association cultivates and supports the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security and provides an environment for professional growth through networking and professional development.

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