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About WES - who we are

The Women's Engineering Society is a professional, not-for-profit network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. Working in partnership, we campaign to encourage women to participate and achieve as engineers, scientists and as leaders.

WES has four primary aims:

1)    To support members of WES and women in general to achieve their potential as engineers, scientists and technologists and to reward excellence
2)    To encourage and promote the study and application of engineering
3)    To help engineering companies to promote gender diversity and equality in the workplace
4)    To lobby Government, organisations and policy makers to strive for equality and diversity, both in the workplace and in the promotion of engineering as a career

To see how we fulfil these aims please see the document HERE.

We are a Charity and a Limited Company, and are governed by a Council and Executive Board according to our Memorandum of Articles. We have individual and Company Members and produce a quarterly printed journal, The Woman Engineer, as well as a monthly e-newsletter.

2014 is our 95th Year- we started life after World War I in 1919 when the pioneering women who worked in engineering and technical roles during the War campaigned to retain these roles when the war ended. We are a continually evolving organisation and our plans are described in our Business Plan (PDF).

At the bottom of this page is a list of recent publications and advertising material created by WES for use at science fairs, expos, school careers fairs etc. Please contact the WES office ([email protected]) if you would like us to send you any of this material for promotional use.

  • WES, an overview
  • WES History Now and Then Presentation taken from the WES conference 2005 (Powerpoint show 669 KB)
  • WES Articles of Association As amended by Special Resolution passed on 27th September, 1970, with the sanction of the Board of Trade, and as further amended by Special Resolution passed on 19th October 1991 (PDF 200 KB)

WES Archives

We have a vast amount of archived material held at the IET Savoy Place Archive in London. A list of what is available in the archive can be found HERE. The online catalogue can be found HEREand to see descriptions of the WES collection, simply type UK0108 NAEST 092 into the search field.

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