About WES - who we are

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
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

Our Mission

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.

Objectives
WES has three primary aims:

  1. Women: Support women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and leaders and to reward excellence.
  2. Education: Encourage and promote the education, study and application of engineering.
  3. 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 Archives

We have a vast amount of archived material held at the IET Savoy Place Archive in London. Find out more about our history and the archives here.