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

The start of a new year for the projects of ACM-W brings such a sense of excitement!  Hopefully August provided an opportunity for our many volunteers to take a relaxing break and rejuvenate for what lies ahead as this promises to be another active year for our Celebrations, Chapters and Scholarships projects.

As we kick things off this September, we have a few changes on our ACM-W Council that I’d like to highlight.

  • Many thanks to departing committee chairs Adriana Compagnoni (Scholarships) and Lissa Clayborn (K-12). Adriana will continue to serve as a reviewer for scholarship applications and we much appreciate her dedicated service to that project.  Lissa is moving on to other opportunities and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.
  • A warm welcome is extended to Viviana Bono, an Associate Professor at Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy. Viviana will be chair of the Scholarships program.  We are grateful for her willingness to step into this role and look forward to working with her going forward.

Reminder: Participate in the Global Survey project

It is important that the Computer Science community have a strong representation in the global survey being conducted by the project A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences (https://icsugendergapinscience.org).  The goal is to collect responses from 45,000 scientists worldwide.  Participation is not limited by gender and all undergraduate students, graduate students and professionals who have worked in computing are encouraged to respond. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes of your time to complete and can be accessed in one of seven languages, by visiting http://statisticalresearchcenter.org/global18. Please encourage your colleagues and peers to do the same. 


Once again, ACM-W will have a booth in the exhibit hall at GHC 2018.  This year’s conference in Houston, TX is expecting more than 20,000 attendees.  If you are one of them, please come by our booth (#7816) and say hello!

Other ACM-W News

This newsletter also includes the following from our project committees:

  • The Student Chapters report introduces five newly formed chapters and also announces a new social media campaign that will enable chapter members to share their stories of their journey in computing.
  • The inaugural meeting of the Northwest Ohio ACM-W Chapter is highlighted in the Professional Chapters report. Congratulations on this milestone event!
  • The Celebrations report features information about conferences on deck for the month of October, which includes womENcourage 2018. The ACM-W Europe report presents program information for the conference.
  • Aruquia Peixoto, SIG Liaison on the ACM-W Council, provides two reports on her recent participation at ACM SIGGRAPH and the (WM)2 World Meeting for Women in Mathematics.
  • Finally, Liesbeth De Mol provides a report from the Computability in Europe conference, for which ACM-W was a sponsor.

Thanks for standing with us as we work to fulfill our mission.

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

What’s NEW

The ACM Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications are evaluated at 6 occasions each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences, with usually 3-6 awards given for each group of applications. The ACM Scholarships are made possible due to the generous support of Microsoft, Google and Oracle.

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!

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