Women in Science Initiatives UK/Worldwide


The WISE campaign aims to “attract, retain and develop female talent in STEM”. They therefore work with both girls and women of all ages. For girls, they promote apprenticeships and careers in STEM. An example of their outreach work with teenagers is the project Science: It's a People Thing . For women, they provide leadership training courses, funding and mentoring. WISE also recognises organisations that share the same ethos, through the WISE Award.


ScienceGrrl is a UK wide initiative; its director is Dr Heather Williams, Manchester. ScienceGrrl "is a broad-based, grassroots organisation celebrating and supporting women in science; a network of people who are passionate about passing on our love of science to the next generation."

The nationwide aims/work of ScienceGrrl: ScienceGrrl "has the opportunity to influence and inspire a wide variety of people. We believe our activities will be most productive if we foster collaborations and work in partnership with those who share our vision." The aims are in particular: Connecting and collaborating with educators, Communicating and engaging with policy makers, Celebrating and increasing the profile of women scientists in wider culture. (See here for more detail in general and on each item).

Women in Management

WiM is a national, volunteer-led organisation. It was established in 1969, with the aim of addressing the issues affecting women managers. They provide an online network for members, and also run events and development activities in different regions of the UK. Information about the local sector can be found here .

Chwarae Teg

Chwarae Teg promotes building a Wales where women achieve and prosper” in government, academia and industry. Their work centres around three main areas:

  • Working with women to enhance their confidence and skills. This includes their fully funded Ascent programme for career progression.
  • Working with employers to make the workplace environment more inclusive
  • Working with the government and policy makers to provide gender-related advice based on their research
Their project work also involves getting children interested in STEMM careers. See here for details.

Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day is "an international day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths". Its founder, Suw Charman-Anderson, believes that a current major issue is the "invisibility" of women in STEM roles, and the impact this has on gendered perceptions of these subjects. (See also Swansea Activities.)


The BCSWomen group is part of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. It was formed by Dr Sue Black to encourage and support networking amongst women in a male-dominated field. The group therefore hosts a range of social, career-related and technical events across the UK. There is also an online mailing list for informal discussions. An annual subscription to BCS is a prerequisite to officially joining the group, but they are also actively involved in open events such as the BCS Lovelace Colloquium and the London Hopper Colloquium.

Anita Borg Institute

The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) promotes and facilitates women's attainment of leading career roles in IT. They use data-driven research to analyse the current gender culture in organisations linked with technology. They also develop tools and programs for addressing gender bias in industrial and academic workplaces.

Lean In

The Lean In organisation was founded by Sheryl Sandberg, the CEO of Facebook. It takes its name from her book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, which is itself based on the TED talk that Sandberg gave in 2010. The talk outlines ways in which women are currently held back in the workplace, and gives practical strategies for achieving goals in this climate. An online version of the talk can be found here.

In collaboration with the Anita Borg Institute, Lean In provides an online network and resources for people to set up local peer groups or Circles. Circles can be used for sharing experiences, advice, information and ideas. For information about starting or joining a Circle, please follow this link.

Computer Science Online

The Computer Science for Women page is a very informative resource with the aim of both sparking young girls' interest in Computer Science and helping women to pursue an education and/or career in the field. It provides background information on the underrepresentation of women in CS, ideas for promoting the subject, an extensive list of programs and scholarships, career information and links to other sites relating to women in Computer Science.

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