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

I anticipate that 2015 will be a year of numerous exciting announcements from ACM-W as we continue to grow and increase our reach and activities around the world. The first bit of exciting news has to do with our Celebration activities, but I won’t say more here – please read the announcement from Jodi Tims in her monthly update.

This issue also includes a report about the all-India event that was co-hosted by ACM India and ACM-W India, an update on the upcoming ACM-W Europe womENcourage event; and a reminder for student chapters about the ACM chapter awards.

In this issue was also have a fabulous interview with Dr. Fran Berman that was done by ACM-W volunteer Sarah Loos. In addition to wearing her many professional hats, Fran has been a staunch supporter of and advocate for women in computing, has participated several times in our New York Celebration of Women in Computing, and we thank her for taking the time to sit down and talk so candidly with Sarah. Though focused on the early career issues that face a new PhD, the interview is full of advice that will be useful for every reader.

For those of you in cold climates, I hope that you are managing okay during this fierce winter. I understand from Reyyan Ayfer, chair of ACM-W Europe, that there was snow in Ankara, Turkey! And check out our Facebook page – after a recent flurry of activity, we now have over 1870 people who Like our page, with more people joining almost daily. If you haven’t taken a look yet, we post news and information about women in computing, and promote ACM members whenever we can!

~Valerie Barr, ACM-W Chair

What's NEW for 2015

It is time to plan for 2015. Check out news from chapters, celebrations and our international partners in Europe and India in the January 2015 issue of ACM-W Connections.

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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