The Women's Engineering Society is a charity and a professional network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. Working in partnership, we support and inspire women to achieve as engineers, scientists and as leaders; we encourage the education of engineering; and we support companies with gender diversity and inclusion.
Our vision is a nation in which women are as likely as men to choose to study and work in engineering, and one in which there are enough engineers to meet a growing demand
Inspiring and supporting girls and women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and technical leaders. To work collaboratively to assist educators, employers and influencers in creating a diverse engineering community.
WES has three primary aims:
- Women: Support women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and leaders and to reward excellence.
- Education: Encourage and promote the education, study and application of engineering.
- Sustainability: Work with organisations and influencers to promote gender diversity and equality in the workplace and sustain the historic legacy and future effectiveness of the Women’s Engineering Society.
We are a Charity and a Limited Company, and are governed by a Council and Executive Board according to our Memorandum of Articles. We have individual and Company Members and produce a quarterly printed journal, The Woman Engineer, as well as a monthly e-newsletter.
WES started life after World War I in 1919 when the pioneering women who worked in engineering and technical roles during the War campaigned to retain these roles when the war ended.
- WES - an overview
- WES History Now and Then Presentation taken from the WES conference 2005 (Powerpoint show 669 KB)
- WES Memorandum and Articles (updated November 2014)
We have a vast amount of archived material held at the IET Archives at Savoy Place, London. Find out more about our history and the archives here.