About WES - who we are

The Women's Engineering Society is a charitable company, founded in 1919 to support women in engineering. Over 100 years later, we still operate as a Membership Society, promoting the education of women in engineering and advancing the education of the public concerning the study and practice of engineering among women. We founded International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), held on 23 June annually as an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available in this exciting industry.

WES - inspiring and supporting diversity and engineering since 1919. 

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    Our Work

    We are a Charity and a Limited Company, and are governed by a Board of Trustees according to our Articles. Individuals can join WES as Members and companies and organisations can join WES as Partners. We produce a quarterly printed journal, The Woman Engineer, as well as a monthly e-newsletter. Our programmes and projects are focused on our members and on advancing our vision and mission. 

    Our History, Articles and our Centenary

    WES 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.

    In 2019 we celebrated our centenary. To find out more about our history, click here

    We have a vast amount of archived material held at the IET Archives at Savoy Place, London. Find out more about our history and the archives here.