The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a non‐profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and receive the recognition and credit for their life‐changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.  For information regarding membership, see Membership.  If you would like more general information about the SWE Organization, their website is

Mission (adopted in 1986)

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.

SWE Objectives (Adopted in 1950)

–  Inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the general public of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them.
–  Assist women in readying themselves for a return to active work after temporary retirement.
–  Serve as a center of information on women in engineering.
–  Encourage women engineers to attain high levels of education and professional achievement.


  • Integrity

We aspire to the highest level of ethical behavior as evidenced by honesty and dignity in our personal and professional relationships and responsibilities.

  • Inclusive Environment

We embrace diversity in its broadest interpretation and commit to creating an inclusive environment for all our members and stakeholders.  We value the contributions of a diverse membership, which enables SWE to achieve its full potential.

  • Mutual Support

We provide an organization that fosters mentoring, and the development of professional and personal networks.

  • Professional Excellence

We conduct our activities in a professional manner, demonstrating and demanding the highest standards of business practices.

  • Trust

We share a common definition of success with open, transparent access to common information, building mutual respect and confidence in the competence of those with whom we lead, serve and partner with.