October 13, 2015

8 organizations that support women in STEM


Ada and her incredible headdress. via Wikimedia Commons

Ada and her incredible headdress.(Wikimedia)

On Ada Lovelace Day, we celebrate the woman who gave the day its name, as well as all women (past and future) whose intelligence, hard work, and sheer mettle push forward innovation in the sciences. Ada’s Algorithm shows us the true staggering extent of the gendered opposition that Lovelace faced during her short but fruitful career, and while support for women in the sciences has grown since Ada’s era, it hasn’t grown by accident.

Here are links to eight of the many fine organizations providing continued support for aspiring women in STEM. Please consider learning more, following, and supporting their hard work.

1. Finding Ada

The founders of Ada Lovelace Day, this website is a hub for all Ada Lovelace Day events, questions, and all manner of resources the whole year round.

2. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy/White House Council on Women and Girls

A handy compendium of fact sheets, news, and resources on the Obama administration’s programs aiding and encouraging women and girls in STEM.

3. Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

AWIS bills itself as “the largest multi-disciplinary organization for women in STEM” and reaches “more than 20,000 professionals in STEM with members, chapters, and affiliates worldwide.”

4. Girls Who Code

This organization “aims to provide computer science education and exposure to 1 million young women by 2020”, and has a (no surprise) beautifully designed website that’s well worth exploring.

5. Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Established over six decades ago, the SWE’s mission is to “stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.”

6. Latinas In STEM

Founded by five MIT alumnae in 2013, this organization’s primary goal is “to spread awareness about STEM and inspire and encourage middle school and high school Latinas, especially within undeserved communities, to strongly consider pursuing a STEM career.”

7. National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP)

This organization, which is partially funded by the National Science Foundation, provides grants “to broaden the participation of girls and women in all fields of STEM education by supporting research, dissemination of research, and extension services in education that will lead to a larger and more diverse domestic science and engineering workforce.”

8. Organization for Women In Science for the Developing World (OWSD)

The OWSD is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental venture that “provides research training, career development and networking opportunities for women scientists throughout the developing world at different stages in their careers.”


Liam O'Brien is the Sales & Marketing Manager at Melville House, and a former bookseller.