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.

WES - inspiring and supporting diversity and engineering since 1919. 

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.

Strategic Themes

To achieve our mission, WES has developed strategic themes based upon our role as a supporter, collaborator and challenger:

  • Supporter – Connecting women engineers, providing the link between WES members and wider networks, providing technical and leadership development opportunities and sharing good practice with members and WES partners
  • Collaborator – Strengthening engineering, working with partners to plug the leaks along the pipeline from education to leadership, consulting with industry and companies and cooperating with government and policy makers
  • Challenger – Changing cultures, challenging partners to continue to further the diversity and inclusion agenda within their organisations and more widely across the sector

Our Work

We are a Charity and a Limited Company, and are governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by our Council 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. Our programmes and projects are focused on our members and on advancing our vision and mission. 

Our History, M&As and our Centenary

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.

In 2019 we will be celebrating our centenary. Join us in the celebrations! 

To find out more about our history, click here. To find out more about our Centenary, see outline plans below and more here.

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.