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.

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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 Two Sigma 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.

Welcome from the ACM-W Chair

September marks the beginning of a new year of programming for ACM-W and this one promises to be an exciting one.  Our organization is growing and changing, reaching ever more widely across the globe.  In July, ACM-W China was established as the newest official regional committee.  Under the leadership of their chair, Hong Gao, we anticipate increased opportunity for women in computing across China to form student and professional chapters, attend Celebrations and experience the community of support that ACM-W provides.  Welcome, ACM-W China!

In our April newsletter, I announced an organizational restructuring plan for ACM-W.  During the past several months, we have been slowly transitioning to this new structure.  The establishment of ACM-W North America is well underway and being capably led by its chair, Monica McGill.  We also solicited applications for some new leadership positions within ACM-W.  We had several interested and qualified applicants for the positions – thanks to all that applied! 

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

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

What’s NEW

The ACM-W Rising Star Award is a new award that will recognize a woman whose early-career research has had a significant impact on the computing discipline, as measured by factors such as frequent citation of their work, creation of a new research area, a high degree of technology transfer and/or other positive influences and societal impact. The award will be given annually, and the recipient will receive a framed certificate and $1,000 stipend. Nominations will open on October 1, 2019 and close on November 15, 2019. This award was established based on a donation from Andrea Goldsmith. ACM-W would like to thank Dr. Goldsmith for her generous donation and commitment to promoting the success of women in computing! More information about the award can be found at https://women.acm.org/acm-w-awards/rising-star-award/

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.