The Society of Women in Engineering has historically helped shape the progress that women in STEM have seen in recent decades. It is through organizations like SWE (The Society of Women in Engineering) that we can now have discussions about the future of women in technology and women in STEM. According to the United States Census Bureau, women now make up 27% of all STEM workers. This, according to the Census Bureau, is up nearly 19% since 1970. Today, we look at how SWE is working to bridge this gap in STEM through its branches across the United States. I also interviewed a member of SWE and how she believes that SWE prepares her for her future as a woman in STEM.
According to SWE’s website, SWE has “given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Our organization is centered around a passion for our members’ success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today’s exciting engineering and technology specialties.” When visiting SWE’s website, you are welcomed with tons of great information. SWE has something for just about everything and everyone when it comes to women in engineering. Check out how to become a member. Look for new programs or lectures to attend, or if you are interested in applying for women in STEM-related scholarships, check out The Society for Women in Engineering’s website here for more information.
I interviewed a member of SWE at Michigan State University to find out what it is like to be a member of the organization. Sara Purdue is a sophomore at Michigan State University who is majoring in mechanical engineering. Sara described the organization as a “community” siting that “SWE gave her and her peers a sense of belonging, where girls could come together and talk about common interests and common future goals.” Michigan States’ SWE Club has over 200 members making it one of the largest club organizations on campus. With the addition of the brand-new STEM building complex at Michigan State University, members of SWE are excited for what the future may hold in East Lansing.