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.

Download and distribute the ACM-W brochure.

Our Corporate Supporters

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

Letter from ACM-W chair

Welcome to the July issue of ACM-W Connections.

I’m writing this while in Arequipa, Peru, at ITiCSE 2016 (Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education). We have quite a number of ACM-W volunteers here, including Reyyan Ayfer, chair of ACM-W Europe, Z Sweekyk, Barbara Owens, our ACM-W liaison to the ACM History Committee, Beth Hawthorne who just finished her service as chair of the ACM-W Community Colleges ctte., Mary Anne Egan who has been very involved in our New York Celebration, and Catherine Lang who has helped run the Australasia Celebration. We’ll have to try to get a picture for a future issue of Connections! Meanwhile, you can read about the Southern California Celebration event that took place in April.

ACM-W updates:

We had a very successful ACM-W Council meeting last month at ACM Headquarters. We have a few news items to share from that meeting:

  • In an effort to underscore ACM's support for diversity in computing, and in recognition that ACM-W is funded by ACM and committed to building up membership in ACM, the ACM-W Council and ACM Executive Committee will now be referring to each Celebration event as an ACM Celebration of Women in Computing, and referring to our scholarships as ACM Scholarships for Women Computing Students to Attend Research Conferences. We recognize that this is a change, and we have asked all Celebration coordinators to begin the process of modifying their event web pages and other materials accordingly, showing both the ACM-W and ACM logos.
  • Melanie Wu, chair of our Communications Ctte., spent a lot of time at HQ with ACM staff who will be helping us roll out a much better communications program. Over the next few months, look for changes to our web site and improved use of social media.

As always, we want to thank the many staff members at ACM HQ who help ACM-W behind the scenes.

In other news, an ACM Celebration of Women in Computing was held in Valencia, Spain, on July 1. I hope that we’ll have more news about that in a future issue of Connections.


As usual, August will be our month off. Look for the next issue of Connections around September 15.

In the meantime, consider nominating someone for the AAAS mentoring award (http://www.aaas.org/page/aaas-mentor-awards) or for ACM Distinguished Member (http://www.acm.org/membership/distinguished).

Thanks, as always, for your work on behalf of women in computing!

~Valerie Barr, ACM-W Chair

What's NEW

News From ACM-W Celebrations

The Southern California Celebration of Women in Computing occurred April 9-10th at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. This biennial event was the third such celebration of its kind. An estimated 206 attendees registered from the event with approximately 180 of those being undergraduate students from Southern California schools (with the largest cohorts coming from UC Irvine and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo).

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 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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