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 ASCE recommends these resources to help engage, recruit and retain women in the profession.

Becoming Leaders: A Practical Handbook for Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology

Becoming LeadersF. Mary Williams and Carolyn J. Emerson

ASCE Press
2008 / 212 pp.

Copublished by ASCE Press, ASME Press, and the Society of Women Engineers

With a foreword by Patricia D. Galloway, CEO of the Pegasus Global Holdings and 2003-2004 ASCE President, and an afterword by Greta Raymond, Vice-President, Environment, Safety, and Social Responsibility, Petro-Canada.

You are a woman pursuing a successful career in engineering, science, or technology, and you are prepared to work hard for this. But you must also work smart. Becoming Leaders is about working smart and about making the choices that are right for you, your talents, and your life, wherever you are in your career.

Williams and Emerson consulted the best research on a wide range of topics of interest to women in different stages of their careers. They present important, timely information alongside practical tips. Chapters can be read in any order, with roadmaps for students, career women, faculty, and managers. Written both to support career success and to encourage leadership self-awareness, Becoming Leaders is a book you'll turn to again and again, for advice, for information, and most of all for inspiration.

Changing Our World

True Stories of Women Engineers
Sybil E. Hatch, P.E.
ASCE Press, 2006

Changing Our World CoverThrough real-life stories, the full-color Changing Our World: True Stories of Women Engineers celebrates the contributions of women engineers to every aspect of modern life. Explore the lives and careers of hundreds of women engineers of all ages and backgrounds—extraordinary women who serve as role models to tell the untold story of engineering. These inspirational stories will give you a fresh perspective on engineering. As a fundamental resource for educational outreach programs, Changing Our World offers young women inspiration and encouragement to pursue careers in engineering. When placed in school libraries and counseling centers, the book provides girls and their parents with an exciting exploration into what is possible.

Publication of Changing Our World represents a significant milestone for the Extraordinary Women Engineers Project—a collaborative effort of many different individuals and organizations to address the long-standing underrepresentation of women in the engineering profession. The book won the Design and Effectiveness Award in the Illustrated Text category from the Washington Book Publishers, on May 31, 2006.

About the Author: Sybil E. Hatch, P.E., is founder of Convey, Inc., which provides marketing communications for the planning, architecture, engineering, and construction industries.

Learn more or purchase the book today.

Engineer Your Life!

Engineer Your Life logoASCE is helping shape the conversation about engineering!

In 2008, ASCE led a coalition of more than 60 partners from the engineering and educational communities to help shape the conversation about engineering by embarking on Engineer Your Life!, an awareness campaign designed to encourage academically prepared girls to enroll in engineering programs. Engineer Your Life promotes inclusiveness in the field of engineering by inviting young women to find their place in the profession. By hearing messages that highlight exploration, creativity and making a difference in the world, young women are responding to a new conversation about their future. For more information on Engineer Your Life visit

Engineering Legends: Great American Civil Engineers

Engineering Legends32 Profiles of Inspiration and Achievement
Richard G. Weingardt, P.E.

ASCE Press
2005 / 192 pp.
Foreword by Henry Petroski, Ph.D., P.E.

Behind every great American civil engineering accomplishment, there is a great American civil engineer. Throughout history civil engineers have made an enormous impact on the progress and development of this nation. While their engineering achievements are regularly recognized, the engineers themselves are rarely discussed.

Engineering Legends provides a unique view into the history and progress of 32 great American civil engineers, from the 1700s to the present. It explores the personal lives and professional accomplishments of these outstanding engineers, providing an in-depth look at the people behind these achievements. The book also illustrates the diversity surrounding these engineers, such as their differing backgrounds, their reasons for becoming engineers, obstacles they faced, and their work in different disciplines of civil engineering.

Practicing and aspiring civil engineers will be inspired to suceed by the stories of these American civil engineering legends. 

Webinar- Talking to Girls About EngineeringWebinar: Talk to Girls About Engineering

Learn how to talk to high school girls about engineering careers.

View a 45 minute instructional Webinar, hosted by ASCE and WGBH, Boston's PBS affiliate. This Webinar provides practical tips from the Engineer Your Life campaign. (Currently available for PC users; MAC users may access audio only).


 Introduce-a-Girl-to-Engineering-Day-PosterIntroduce a Girl to Engineering Day

For the past eleven years, women engineers have introduced more than one million girls and young women to engineering. More than just one day, Introduce a Girl to Engineering is a national movement that shows girls how creative and collaborative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world.  

Webinar: Advancing Women Engineers in the Political Arena 

2012 ProjectThe under-representation of engineers in public office has a profound impact on policymaking and will continue to do so if more engineers are not involved in the process and encouraged to run for public office. Due to their vast knowledge on issues that affect the public well being, engineers have a great deal to offer the political arena, including championing much-needed improvements to the infrastructure in this country. Enter ASCE’s Key Contact Program, providing ASCE members with information resources to engage in the public policy process, and the 2012 Project, a non-partisan, national campaign to increase the number of women in legislative office by identifying and engaging accomplished women from under-represented fields and industries like engineering.

Hosted by: Cathey W. Steinberg, Patricia Reid Lindner, and Jean Sinzdak

Learn more about the 2012 Project  

Women Hispanic Civil Engineers' Experience

Leadership Manage. Eng. 10, 149 (2010); (1 page)

Melinda Luna, C.F.M., M.ASCE, P.E.

Women in Engineering: Pioneers and Trailblazers

Pioneers and TrailblazersEdited by Margaret E. Layne, P.E.

ASCE Press
2009 / 260 pp.

Women in Engineering: Pioneers and Trailblazers introduces the visionary women who opened the door for today's female engineers. Pioneers such as Emily Roebling, Kate Gleason, Edith Clarke, and Katherine Stinson come to life in this anthology of essays, articles, lectures, and reports. The significant contributions women have made to engineering, in areas as diverse as construction management, environmental protection, and industrial efficiency, are finally placed in their proper historical context. Studies on women engineers in the 1920s and in the years following World War II underscore how far women have progressed in engineering—and how far they have to go.

With selections that span a century of historical and social analysis, Women in Engineering: Pioneers and Trailblazers and its companion volume, Women in Engineering: Professional Life, present a range of perspectives on women in engineering that will be of interest to historians, engineers, educators, and students.

Women in Engineering: Professional Life

Professional LifeEdited by Margaret E. Layne, P.E.

ASCE Press
2009 / 270 pp.

 Women in Engineering: Professional Life illuminates the professional lives of today's women engineers through articles, lectures, reports, and essays dating back to the 1920s. The selections in this groundbreaking anthology examine the current state of employment opportunities for women, the gender gap, and opportunities for career advancement for women in engineering. This volume includes reports from the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor encouraging women to pursue engineering careers during and after World War II; career advice from pioneer Elsie Eaves; and a retrospective of the Society of Women Engineers' guidance activities.

With selections that span a century of historical and social analysis, Women in Engineering: Professional Life and its companion volume, Women in Engineering: Pioneers and Trailblazers, detail the triumphs and challenges women have faced in the engineering field and bring to vivid life their contributions to engineering, and to history. 

Diversity by Design:  Guide to Fostering Diversity in the U.S. Civil Engineering Workforce

Diversity by DesignBy Sybil Hatch.  With the rapidly changing national demographic, the increasing global competition, and the demand for new talent, the need for diversity in the civil engineering profession has become increasingly important.

 Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)

ASCE is a member of WEPAN

WEPAN logoWomen in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) is a national not-for-profit organization with over 600 members from engineering schools, small businesses, Fortune 500 corporations, and non-profit organizations. WEPAN works to transform culture in engineering education to attract, retain, and graduate women. With a clear focus on research-based issues and solutions, WEPAN helps its members develop a highly prepared, diverse engineering workforce for tomorrow.

WEPAN’s network of members on 150 college and university campuses reaches 42,890 female engineering students or 60% of the female engineering students through campus-based programs and initiatives (WEPAN membership data and American Society of Engineering Educators [ASEE] Data Management System data). WEPAN’s Institutional Members have an average 15% higher enrollment of women in engineering, than non-member campuses.

Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering

JWMSE logoDesigned as a unique and much-needed resource for educators, managers, and policymakers, the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering publishes original, peer-reviewed papers that report innovative ideas and programs for classroom teachers, scientific studies, and formulation of concepts related to the education, recruitment, and retention of under-represented groups in science and engineering. Discipline-specific issues related to women and minorities are consolidated to address the entire educational environment from K through post-graduate and on to continuing education. Included are explorations of feminist teaching methods, black student/white teacher interactions, cultural phenomena that affect classroom climate, and new questions to ask of science. The journal includes pertinent book reviews and "reports from the field" by women and men of color in academe, business, industry, and federal and state agencies.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Society of Women EngineersFor more than six decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Our organization is centered around a passion for our members' success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today's exciting engineering and technology specialties.

We invite you to explore the values, principles, and priorities that guide our initiatives and learn how together, WE can continue to make a lasting impact on the future. 

4Δ Change

Outreach 4 Change4Δ is a collaboration of four leading professional societies: the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

Created with funding from the National Science Foundation (grant HRD0937306), 4Δ is designed to make engineering a possibility for girls of all races and ethnicities. Specifically, we are working to increase the outreach capacity and effectiveness among the staff and volunteers of professional engineering societies in reaching girls. 

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