American Medical Women’s Association
The American Medical Women's Association is an organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women's health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and through building strategic alliances. VISIT WEBSITE»
Association for Women in Science
The Association for Women in Science is dedicated to achieving equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. VISIT WEBSITE»
Association of Women Surgeons
The Association of Women Surgeons is committed to supporting the professional and personal needs of female surgeons at various stages in their career - from residency through retirement. Since our founding in 1981, AWS has set up many programs with the specific objective of promoting the professional growth and advancement of our members. By working together, and with organizations like the American College of Surgeons, AWS hopes to bring down barriers that remain for women in surgery.
With over 1700 women surgeons as members, AWS is one of the largest organizations dedicated to enhancing the interaction and exchange of information between women surgeons. VISIT WEBSITE»
Committee on Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE)
The Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) is a standing committee of the National Research Council (NRC). Its mandate is to coordinate, monitor, and advocate action to increase the participation of women in science, engineering, and medicine. Established in 1990 as CWSE, the committee expanded its scope in 2007 to include medicine. VISIT WEBSITE»
Graduate Women in Science (GWIS)
In 1921, women graduate students from Cornell University formed the first SDE/GWIS chapter-Alpha Chapter- just one year after women won the right to vote! The group was originally formed as a fraternal organization, to begin an "old girl's club" providing women in science the opportunity to interact in the informal and powerful ways that men in science did. But over the years, the mission statement of SDE/GWIS has expanded to today’s relevant statement. We are 1500 strong with 15 regional chapters. Check out our fellowships program, our chapter activities, our honorary members and many other activities. We are “United in Friendship Through Science” and enjoy the comradelier of other women scientist. VISIT WEBSITE»
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Women's League
The MIT Women's League is a vibrant social and service-based organization founded in 1913 to foster connections among the women at MIT. All women who are a part of the MIT community — students, staff, faculty, or their spouses — are welcome to partake in a multitude of annual activities, interest groups, or volunteer offerings that serve to benefit both the membership as well as the greater campus community.
With more than 1,300 members of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures, the League has continued to evolve throughout its rich 95-year history, reinventing itself over time to remain relevant to its diverse membership. For many, the League serves as a place to cultivate new friendships and interests; to maintain a sense of sisterhood among women both on and off campus; to inspire greater participation in the life of MIT's thriving and multifaceted campus; and to find role models and mentors. VISIT WEBSITE»
Medical Women's International Association (MWIA)
The Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) representing women doctors from all five continents. The association was founded in 1919 and is therefore one of the oldest professional bodies at the international level. It is non-political, non-sectarian and non-profit making. At the time when MWIA was founded, women doctors were a curiosity, and there was a need for a forum to discuss common concerns. Women physicians being the minority is no more, as women constitute at least 50% of many medical schools. As women become the majority of practicing physicians, a new set of concerns will emerge. VISIT WEBSITE»
Third World Organization for Women in Science (TWOWS)
TWOWS is the first international forum to unite eminent women scientists from the South with the objective of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership. VISIT WEBSITE»
Women in Cancer Research (WICR)
AACR-Women in Cancer Research (WICR) is a group within the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). WICR is open to membership by all AACR members - male and female - who support its mission to foster the professional advancement and scientific achievements of women in the field of cancer research. VISIT WEBSITE»
Women in Cell Biology (WICB)
"WICB" began in the early 1970s as a group of women cell biologists, sensitized by the women’s movement of the time, who began to notice the under-representation of women in academia in general and cell biology in particular. A mimeographed newsletter began circulating, and ad hoc meetings were held at ASCB meetings, with notices posted in women’s washrooms. Two engaging histories of the WICB pioneers and their adventures have been written by Laura Williams, August and October 1996. VISIT WEBSITE»
Women in Endocrinology (WE)
Women in Endocrinology is an organization devoted to promoting and facilitating the professional development and advancement of women in the field of Endocrinology. This website exists for the purpose of keeping the geographically diverse membership of WE informed of our activities, as well as to form an informational resource for the general public and potential members. VISIT WEBSITE»
Women in Medicine (WIM)
The AAMC's Women in Medicine program assists dean's offices, Women Liaison Officers (WLOs), and individual faculty members in addressing gender-related inequities and improving the pathways for women to contribute fully to academic medicine.
Medical school deans may appoint one or two WLOs to the AAMC. Currently 125 U.S. schools have appointed 225 WLOs and 16 Canadian schools. WLOs play a major role in fostering women's networking and in developing and sharing resources within and among medical centers.
The WIM office offers two popular annual professional development seminars for women faculty. One seminar targets early career instructors and assistant professors. The other seminar focuses on mid-career assistant professors with at least four years experience and associate professors. The three-day seminar topics include: conflict management, academic financial management, negotiating skills, and writing for professional journals. In addition to these seminars, the WIM office sponsors sessions during the AAMC annual meeting. VISIT WEBSITE»
Committee on Women in Neurosciences (WIN)
The Committee on Women in Neurosciences is a subcommittee of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), which works to promote public information and general education about the nature of scientific discovery and the results and implications of the latest neuroscience research. SfN also supports active and continuing discussions on ethical issues relating to the conduct and outcomes of neuroscience research. VISIT WEBSITE»
American Association of Immunologists
(AAI) Committee on the Status of Women
The Committee on the Status of Women (CSOW) is a standing committee of the AAI. The nine members of this committee are appointed by the AAI Council for staggered three-year terms. The committee is responsible for generating and developing programs that assure equal treatment of all professional immunologists on the basis of merit. VISIT WEBSITE»
National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)
Since 1972, the Center has expanded the possibilities for women and girls in this country. The Center uses the law in all its forms: getting new laws on the books and enforced; litigating ground-breaking cases in state and federal courts all the way to the Supreme Court; and educating the public about ways to make the law and public policies work for women and their families. An experienced staff of more than 50 takes on the issues that cut to the core of women's and girls' lives in education, employment, family economic security, and health — with special attention given to the needs of low-income women and their families.
Northwest Women's Law Center
By using the law, one of the most powerful tools in our democratic society, the Northwest Women’s Law Center improves women's social, economic and legal status. We bring ground-breaking lawsuits to change the law, advocate for legislation that advances women's rights, and educate women and the community about women's legal rights.
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law.
The Committee's major objective is to use the skills and resources of the bar to obtain equal opportunity for minorities by addressing factors that contribute to racial justice and economic opportunity. Given our nation's history of racial discrimination, de jure segregation, and the de facto inequities that persist, the Lawyers' Committee's primary focus is to represent the interest of African Americans in particular, other racial and ethnic minorities, and other victims of discrimination, where doing so can help to secure justice for all racial and ethnic minorities.
The American Bar Association
The American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional association in the world. With more than 400,000 members, the ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. VISIT WEBSITE»
National Employment Lawyers Association
The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace.
NELA is dedicated to promoting the interests of individual employees and assisting the lawyers who represent them. NELA encourages the professional advancement of its members through publications, technical support, and educational programs. Exclusive membership benefits include access to NELANet, our website and members-only conferences, as well as online directory, on demand continuing legal education and other member services. Our quarterly magazine, The Employee Advocate, features recent developments in the law, updates on legislative activities, member victories, practice tips, and articles of interest to the plaintiff employment practitioner. VISIT WEBSITE»
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
With approximately 100,000 members, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners nationwide, the AAUW advocates education and equity. Since its founding in 1881, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in our public policy efforts, programs, the AAUW Leadership and Training Institute, and diversity initiatives.
U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.
We serve student populations facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems. An important responsibility is resolving complaints of discrimination. Agency-initiated cases, typically called compliance reviews, permit OCR to target resources on compliance problems that appear particularly acute. OCR also provides technical assistance to help institutions achieve voluntary compliance with the civil rights laws that OCR enforces. An important part of OCR's technical assistance is partnerships designed to develop creative approaches to preventing and addressing discrimination. VISIT WEBSITE»
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.
These rights include:
- Your First Amendment rights - freedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.
- Your right to equal protection under the law - protection against unlawful discrimination.
- Your right to due process - fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.
- Your right to privacy - freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.
The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities. .
If the rights of society's most vulnerable members are denied, everybody's rights are imperiled.
Equal Rights Advocates
Equal Rights Advocates is fighting for women
Equal Rights Advocates has led the legal fight for women’s equality for more than 30 years. Since 1974, ERA’s mission has been to protect and secure equal rights and economic opportunities for women and girls through litigation and advocacy.
United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women (CAW)
Grounded in the vision of equality of the United Nations Charter, the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) advocates the improvement of the status of women of the world, and the achievement of their equality with men –as equal actors, partners, and beneficiaries of sustainable development, human rights, peace and security. Together with Governments, other entities of the United Nations system, and civil society, including non-governmental organizations, DAW actively works to advance the global agenda on women's rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women, and ensure that women’s voices are heard in international policy arenas.
Rosalind Franklin Society (RFS)
The Rosalind Franklin Society recognizes, fosters, and makes known the important contributions of women in science. In so doing, the Society honors the achievements of Rosalind Franklin who helped solve the structure of DNA, one of the most important scientific accomplishments of the 20th century. Franklin symbolizes progress for women in science -- her contributions were not recognized during her lifetime or for many years after her death but today her work is highlighted in textbooks around the world. To celebrate the life, work, and symbolic power of this remarkable heroine of science, the Society recognizes the work of outstanding women scientists, fosters leadership opportunities, and motivates and educates generations of women who have a calling to science.
League of Women Voters (LWV)
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, has fought since 1920 to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy. The League's enduring vitality and resonance comes from its unique decentralized structure. The League is a grassroots organization, working at the national, state and local levels.
There are Leagues in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong, in addition to the hundreds of local Leagues nationwide. The League of Women Voters of the United States and the League of Women Voters Education Fund operate at the national level with grassroots support from state and local Leagues.VISIT WEBSITE»
National Women's Health Network (NWHN)
The National Women's Health Network improves the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support consumer decision-making. The Network aspires to a health care system that is guided by social justice and reflects the needs of diverse women.
National Organization for Women (NOW)
NOW is the largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the United States. Our purpose is to take action to bring women into full participation in society — sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination.
NOW is one of the few multi-issue progressive organizations in the United States. NOW stands against all oppression, recognizing that racism, sexism and homophobia are interrelated, and that other forms of oppression such as classism and ableism work together with these three to keep power and privilege concentrated in the hands of a few.
Government, our judicial system, big business, mainstream media and other institutions treat many groups in our society like second-class citizens. Pitting us against each other is an essential mechanism for maintaining the status quo. Together, we can create the change we've been dreaming of — our unity is our strength.
National Women’s History Project (NWHP)
An Educational nonprofit organization, NWHP’s mission is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs.
With an emphasis on positive role models and the importance of women from all backgrounds, the NWHP has developed a nationwide constituency of teachers, students, parents, public employees, businesses, organizations, and individuals who understand the critical link between knowing about historical women and making a positive difference in today’s world.
The NWHP is the catalyst, the content provider, the behind-the-scenes director of a myriad of activities promoting women as leaders and influential forces in our society. Every year the NWHP, in conjunction with academic institutions, holds workshops and conferences that highlight the role of women in particular areas, such as the Women of the West.
2009 Theme: Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet
The National Women’s Studies Association
Established in 1977, NWSA is a professional organization dedicated to leading the field of women's studies and gender studies, as well as its teaching, learning, research, and service wherever they be found.
Our members actively pursue a just world in which all persons can develop to their fullest potential – one free from ideologies, structures, or systems of privilege that oppress or exploit some for the advantage of others. In support of their work, we believe:
- Women's studies is vital to education;
- Women’s studies is comparative, global, intersectional, and interdisciplinary;
- Scholarship, activism, and teaching are inseparable elements of a single whole.
Global Fund for Women (GFW)
GFW is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice. We advocate for and defend women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups around the world.
We are part of a global women's movement that is rooted in a commitment to justice and an appreciation of the value of women's experience. The challenges women face vary widely across communities, cultures, religions, traditions and countries. We believe that women should have a full range of choices, and that women themselves know best how to determine their needs and propose solutions for lasting change. The way in which we do our work is as important as what we do. This philosophy is reflected in our flexible, respectful and responsive style of grantmaking.
WomenWatch is the central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system, including the United Nations Secretariat, regional commissions, funds, programs, specialized agencies and academic and research institutions. It is a joint United Nations project created in March 1997 to provide Internet space for global gender equality issues and to support implementation of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action.