Founded in 1971, The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is now the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Its National Network reaches more than 15,000 professionals in STEM with members and chapters nationwide. Membership is open to any man or woman who supports the vision and mission of AWIS.
MISSION - AWIS champions the interests of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors. Working for positive system transformation, AWIS strives to ensure that all women that all women in these fields can achieve their full potential.
Among the many Milestones in AWIS History are the following:
1972 - AWIS advocates for the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments banning sex discrimination in schools
1974 - AWIS wins case against NIH for low representation of women on review panels.
1978 - AWIS joins women’s group to ensure passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which bans employment discrimination against pregnant women.
1992 - AWIS publishes A Hand Up, Women Mentoring Women in Science and becomes a member of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents.
1997 - AWIS wins the Presidential Mentoring Award for Creating Tomorrow’s Scientists: Models of Community Mentoring.
1998 - AWIS is instrumental in developing legislation establishing the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology (CAWMSET).
2003 - AWIS chairs Science and Environment Task Force of Women’s Appointment Project.
2005 – AWIS President leads delegation of women scientists to China.
2009 – Nobel Prize in Medicine is awarded to Carol Greider, an AWIS member.
2009 – 2012 – AWIS received NSF Grant to partner with disciplinary societies to improve recognition for women in minorities in STEM leading to collaboration with 7 partner societies in 2010 and 11 more in 2012.