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16 Organizations Helping Women to Advance at All Levels in STEM 

Reading some of the powerful and inspiring posts shared last month for Women’s History Month encapsulated how far we have come to create a more diverse, inclusive workforce. But it also made me think about where we are going and the resources that exist to help cultivate the next generation of women in STEM.

Below is a look at some leading organizations that are helping to advance women at all points of their career path in finding their passions for science and technology. This list encompasses many incredible organizations that are focused on everything from youth programs, to early career and advanced leadership at the C-Suite level.

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Youth Development

  1. Black Girls Code - Black Girls CODE is devoted to showing the world that Black girls can code and do so much more. Black Girls CODE's ultimate goal is to provide African American youth with the skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings that were expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040. By teaching the girls programming and game design, they hope to have started the lifelong process of developing in them a true love for technology and the self-confidence that comes from understanding the greatest tools of the 21st Century. 

  2. Girls Who Code - Girls Who Code is an international nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. With their seven-week Summer Immersion Program, after school Clubs, College Loops program and New York Times best-selling series, they are leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities. Girls Who Code has reached 300,000 girls around the world.

  3. Girl Scouts (STEM Programming) - The Girl Scouts introduce girls of every age to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to show them how they can improve the world and have taken the time to develop a unique, "fun with purpose" K–12 curriculum to inspire girls to embrace and celebrate scientific discovery in their lives. The Scouts’ STEM focused efforts include STEM related achievement badges, partnership opportunities and research.

  4. Career Girls - CareerGirls.org is a comprehensive video-based career exploration and readiness tool for girls. Its free to use, extensive online collection of career guidance videos focuses exclusively on diverse and accomplished women — over half of whom are in STEM fields.

Early Career

  1. Fullstack University’s Grace Hopper Program - The Grace Hopper Program at Fullstack Academy is an immersive software engineering course for women+ (including trans and non-binary folks) students with no up-front tuition cost. The program works to empower women+ in technology through affordable education, quality instruction, and individualized mentorship that provides a world-class educational environment with an advanced curriculum developed and taught by experienced instructors.

  2. Ada Developers Academy - Ada Developers Academy is a nonprofit, tuition-free coding school for women and gender diverse adults serving low-income people, underrepresented minorities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Its highly immersive program combines classroom training and a paid, learning internship to teach students both how to write code (practical tools and computer science fundamentals) and how to be a software developer (leadership, inclusivity and career).

  3. DressforSuccess.org - Dress for Success is a global nonprofit that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 150 cities in 25 countries and has helped more than 1.2 million women work towards self-sufficiency.

  4. Mother Coders – Mother Coders is a nonprofit expanding the tech talent pool by helping moms build the skills, knowledge and professional network needed to compete in the tech industry. Their part-time tech training program even includes onsite childcare for moms who want to learn basic web development, expand their understanding of the technology landscape and network with peers and industry professionals.

General Organizations Supporting Women in STEM

  1. Center for Creative Leadership – Advancing Technical Women - A global provider of executive education, the Center for Creative Leadership uses research to develop people into better leaders — transforming individuals, teams, organizations and societies. The organization’s 12-week Advancing Technical Women program supports early-to-mid career women in STEM and women in tech roles from all industries who aspire to a management position or who want to advance within their career path. 

  2. WeAreTechWomen - Over the past four years, WeAreTechWomen has worked with over 40 multi-sector corporate organizations to attract, retain and develop their female tech talent. They have also provided over 3,000 women with opportunities to up skill through events and conferences. The organization has celebrated the achievements of more than 150 future tech leaders through its TechWomen100 awards. WeAreTechWomen currently has a membership of 15,000 diverse female members women working across a multitude of industries and tech disciplines.

  3. National Women’s Business Council - The National Women’s Business Council is a non-partisan federal advisory committee serving as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the President, the U.S. Congress (to the Committees on Small Business of the Senate and House of Representatives), and to the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (through the Assistant Administrator of the Office of Women’s Business Ownership) on issues of importance to women business owners and entrepreneurs.

  4. Society for Women Engineers - For more than six decades, the Society for Women Engineers has given women a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. The organization is centered around a passion for their members' success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today's exciting engineering and technology specialties.

  5. Advancing Women in Engineering and Technology (Canada) - AWET is a joint project initiative in Canada with the goal to increase the participation of women in the engineering, geoscience, technology and technician occupations through the implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies to recruit, retain and support career development of women to lead a system level cultural shift within these professions.

  6. Women of Color in Communications - Founded in 2011, ColorComm, Inc. is the nation’s leading women’s platform addressing diversity and inclusion across the communications, marketing, advertising and media industries. ColorComm Network is a national professional membership organization with chapters located in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and London. The organization has served more than 40,000 professionals and produces over 100 local programs a year.

  7. Zonta International - Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 28,000 members, “Zontians” all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs aimed at fulfilling Zonta's mission to improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local level.

  8. SheCanCode – London based, SheCanCode is on a mission to close the tech gender gap by helping to support women at all stages of their careers, whether that be entering, transitioning, remaining, or returning to the tech industry by providing valuable thought leadership, resources and training. The organization works with companies to reach and engage with the women in the community, as well as support and lead their diversity recruitment strategy to increase the numbers of female tech talent in their workforce.

What are some of your favorite organizations? How have any of these organizations contributed to helping you realize your goals?