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 projects of ACM-W have reduced activity during the months of June, July and August.  This gives us an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year, which have been many.  Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • Twenty-two Celebrations were attended by over 5800 attendees in fifteen countries.
  • The creation of 33 new student chapters and 7 new professional chapters (including the first three within the US) brings the total number of ACM-W chapters to 233.
  • Generous support from Google, Oracle and Microsoft Research allowed 33 students to attend technical conferences through the ACM-W Scholarship program.
  • ACM and ACM-W became partners in the project A Global Approach to the Gender Gap in Mathematical, Computing, and Natural Sciences: How to Measure It, How to Reduce It (https://icsugendergapinscience.org/ ).

ACM-W thanks Microsoft!

Microsoft has been a steadfast supporter of the Celebrations project for many years. Recently, ACM-W received a donation of $77,000 from Microsoft that will provide funding of $3000 to each of the 2018-2019 Celebrations.  We are grateful for this generous support.

Reminder: Participate in the Global Survey project

It is important that the Computer Science community have a strong representation in the global survey portion of the Gender Gap project.  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. 

Other ACM-W News

This newsletter also includes the following from our project committees:

  • The Celebrations project reports on PHICWiC, the first event to be held in the Philadelphia, PA, USA area.
  • The deadline for submissions to participate in womENcourage 2018 is only days away. See the ACM-W Europe report for submission details.

The members of the ACM-W Council will be taking a well-deserved break for the next several weeks.  The next edition of Connections will be distributed in September.

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

Jodi Tims
ACM-W Chair

What’s NEW

The first ACMW PHICWIC (Philadelphia Celebration of Women in Computing) was a huge success, with over 200 registrants participating in a two-day celebration held at the University of Pennsylvania in April. The majority of participants were students from the PA/NJ/DE region, but we were also fortunate to host a large group of CAPWICers from VA & DC.

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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