Global SWE

Mission Statement

Adopted in 1986, the Society of Women Engineers stimulates women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expands the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrates the value of diversity.


Adopted in 1958: SWE is a non-profit educational service organization dedicated to making known the need for women engineers and encouraging young women to consider a engineering education. The organization’s four objectives are as relevant today as they were more than 50 years ago.

  • To inform young women, their parents, counselors, and the public in general of the qualifications and achievements of women engineers and the opportunities open to them.
  • To assist women engineers in readying themselves for a return to active work after temporary retirement.
  • To serve as a center of information on women in engineering.
  • To encourage women engineers to attain high levels of educational and professional achievement.

Key Issues

Education and Outreach:
The technical professions will benefit, and the quality of life will be enhanced by more women of all backgrounds pursuing the profession of engineering.

Inclusive Organization:
SWE will be an inclusive organization focused on issues of interest to women of all backgrounds in engineering and technical careers.

Knowledge Source:
SWE will be a worldwide leader and preferred partner in the creation and advancement of information about women in technical careers.

Professional Leadership:
Women will be acknowledged as demonstrating the skills required to be effective leaders in a global marketplace.

Value and Benefit:
SWE programs and services across the organization will provide value and benefit and meet the diverse and changing needs of the Society members and stakeholders.