My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Association for Women in Science, Washington, DC, USA
Being a member of AWIS is a voluntary financial and professional commitment renewed for many years now with much enthusiasm. The organization has changed in many ways over the years, responding to and leading member interests. The leadership of board members has demonstrated an acute awareness of the changing nature of the role women are playing in science and engineering. As the fields evolve so to do the battles. As the national STEM enterprise has evolved, so to have the issues. Where once it would have been acceptable to exclude women from most fields, now it is no longer the rule and increasingly no long the social practice in many fields. AWIS has shown leadership in helping educational and training institutions to be more responsive and responsible for the experience of women scientists and engineers. AWIS has challenged professional organizations of scientists and engineers to open their doors and honors to more transparent and honest engagement of women. AWIS has brought together thousands of women scientists and engineers in support of one another, support that often takes the form of encouragement and advice, and occasionally the form of assertive declarations for justice and fairness.
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Hearing the stories of success, the stories of individuals working in concert to overcome some crazy obstacle has compelled me and others to work each day to make the science and engineering workplace more humane and accessible.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Encourage even more people to join and share in the experience.
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To me, AWIS is open for all without regard to ones disciplinary field, the stage of ones career, the location or nature of the organization or institutions where one studies, works, or trains.