During the first world war, women were encouraged into engineering to release men for the armed forces. As the war ended, these women were pressured to vacate their roles.
That's when our story began. To resist this pressure and promote engineering as a rewarding job for women, a small committee drawn from the National Council of Women founded WES in 1919.
Within a year, they’d launched The Woman Engineer journal and in 1923 held the inaugural WES annual conference. Both continue to thrive today, as does our vision of an engineering industry that employs the diversity of the society it serves to solve the solve the biggest societal issues of our time.
Our mission is to support women in engineering to fulfil their potential, and support the engineering industry to be inclusive.
We have a wide range of events, awards, campaigns, projects, programmes and activities that support and encourage women engineers at all stages of their careers.