CHICAGO, Sept. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has established itself as the primary resource for knowledge, information and trends on women in engineering with the launch of its newest tool, research.swe.org. The website was created to provide clarity among the wealth of data available, and deliver a centralized data source for members and individuals interested in locating information about women in engineering.
The website features trends and data on women in engineering and the STEM landscape across the globe from the K-12 level, to collegiate to professional. Additionally, the website will feature SWE's own research to supplement the knowledge base around issues affecting female engineers' success. Being able to provide data and information to inform decisions that affect women in the education sector and the workplace is an important part of SWE's goal to advocate for the success of women in engineering and technology.
"SWE's strong membership base and historical knowledge position us as an authority on female engineering issues," said Roberta Rincon, PhD, manager of research at SWE. "We intend to build upon this knowledge and provide access to our work through this new site."
One of SWE's most recent research pieces focuses on female attrition in the STEM workplace – the first gender-based workplace culture study of its kind conducted in the STEM space in the U.S. The data sheds light on differences between female and male personal and workplace priorities, including the gaps that are driving females to leave the workforce. SWE plans to release a similar study in fall of 2016 that focuses on workplace experiences, and gender and racial bias.
"As the world's largest advocate for women in engineering and technology, it's important to show the progress we have made, but also to show that there is still work to do in terms of creating an inclusive environment in engineering where women can thrive," said Karen Horting, CEO and executive director of SWE. "Our research efforts coupled with this new tool are a big step in SWE becoming the resource on women in engineering."
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is the world's largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. The not-for-profit educational and service organization is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. To ensure SWE members reach their full potential as engineers and leaders, the Society offers opportunities to network, provides professional development, shapes public policy and provides recognition for the life-changing contributions and achievements of women engineers. As a champion of diversity, SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in their personal and professional lives. For more information on SWE, please visit www.swe.org or call 312.596.5223.
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