Mission Statement

ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.

Our Corporate Supporters

We are very grateful for the support of several corporate sponsors. At present, ACM-W has funding from both Oracle (through Oracle Academy) and Google for our scholarship program, and continuing support from Microsoft Research for the Celebrations. Thanks to their generosity in helping us to support, celebrate and advocate for women in computing.

Letter from ACM-W chair

There continue to be many exciting events and developments in the ACM-W world! Here’s just a summary to whet your appetite for the material in this month’s newsletter:

  • We are seeing ongoing growth in the number of chapters and are now just shy of 90 worldwide. The newsletter includes information about our new collaboration with NCWIT, funded by Google, to further increase the number of chapters and provide a national infrastructure for U.S. chapters.
  • You can read the report from the first Cuban Celebration of Women in Computing. It was a great success!
  • Very exciting news about the Athena Lecturer Award – thanks to Google, the award has been increased to $25,000, and you can read about the 2015 recipient, Jennifer Widom.
  • Finally, we’ve included a report from one of our scholarship recipients. In the coming months we will start bringing you news more regularly about the scholarship program.

I continue to be amazed by and thankful for the commitment of all of the people who volunteer their time to ensure the success of these ACM-W activities, and I am grateful for the support we get from staff at ACM Headquarters. As you read this month’s newsletter, I am sure that you, too, will appreciate all that these people do to advance ACM-W’s mission and help improve the situation for women in computing.

~Valerie Barr, ACM-W Chair

What's NEW

Check out news from chapters, celebrations and our international partners in Europe and India in the April 2015 issue of ACM-W Connections.

The ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award

The ACM-W Athena Lecturer Award celebrates women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to Computer Science. This year’s recipient is Jennifer Widom, noted for her fundamental concepts and architectures of active database systems, a major area of research in the database field today. Active databases allow application developers to embed logic into the database that allows actions to be executed when certain conditions are met. Active database systems have had a major impact on commercial database management systems.

This Award is an annual award made by the ACM-W, begun in 2006-7. It has honored a number of stellar women in a variety of fields whose nomination packages are put together by their home SIG. The past winners include Deborah Estrin, Karen Spärck Jones, Shafi Goldwasser, Susan Eggers, Mary Jane Irwin, Judith Olson, Nancy Lynch, Katherine Yelick and Susan Dumais. Each winner gives a keynote at the SIG conference of her choice and is awarded a gift from Google Inc., originally at $10,000 and raised to $25,000 this year.

“Jennifer Widom has had a profound impact on the database field,” said Judith Olson, who heads the ACM-W awards committee. “Her contributions have influenced both the direction of research and of commercial products. But just as important, she is passionate about teaching, be it in the classroom or through her highly successful series of MOOCs.”

Featured article

Fran Berman, the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Chair of the Research Data Alliance / US, and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, is interviewed by Sarah Loos, a senior Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University and former Student Trustee of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Berman's gives advice all reader's can apply, with a special focus on early career development. Read the full interview here .

Why You Should Join ACM-W

If you think it is important to recruit and retain as many women as possible in the computing field, you should join ACM-W! Together, we will help celebrate, inform and support women in computing:

  • Celebrate: One of the most popular ways to celebrate women in computing is by starting and/or attending an ACM-W Celebration of Women in Computing; the accomplishments of women in computing are at the heart of ACM-W's e-Newsletter and Blog. And ACM-W encourages its members to celebrate the work of prominent women by nominating them for Awards -- such as the Athena Award & Lecture -- as well as ACM Advanced Grade Membership.
  • Inform: Via ACM-W's student scholarship program, young women are informed about the research going on, and become acquainted with the researchers, in their field. Members of ACM-W Student Chapters are informed about the educational and career opportunities available to them.
  • Support: Lend your enthusiasm, inspiration, and support to ACM-W, and help make a difference in the global computing community!

When you join ACM, or renew your membership, check the box for ACM-W. You will be added to our email list and receive our ACM-W Connection newsletter.

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