The percentage of women graduating with engineering, computer science, and physics degrees is the lowest among the STEM fields. Colleges and Universities across the nation have been working to find ways to increase recruitment and retention of women in these fields. Access to women role models that inspire other women to work towards a future in these fields has proven impact. Women and girls can go to a number of conferences and events that showcase successful women in these fields. Every year, the Society of Women Engineers hosts the world’s largest conference for Women in Engineering. WE18 dates have not been announced yet. The other two not-to-be-missed events in 2018:
Women of Silicone Valley: March 21 – 22, 2018, San Francisco
The Anita B.org Institiute hosts the Grace Hopper Celebration GHC 18 will be Sep. 26–28, 2018 in Houston, TX
APS hosts the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics: CUWiP will be January 12-14, 2018 regionally, at various universities around the nation.
This past weekend, and for the past three years, the University of Maryland has hosted the world’s largest hackathon for women across the country. Women and girls who participate spend 24 hours competing for awards, creating apps, games and websites, and participating in workshops. Next year’s hackathon has not been announced.