Women's Engineering Society
The Women's Engineering Society (WES) is a charity designed to support the United Kingdom’s network of women engineers, scientists and technologists. The organisation’s mission is to see “...a nation in which women are as likely as men to choose to study and work in engineering, and one in which there are enough engineers to meet a growing demand.”
 Early history
The Women's Engineering Society was formed in 1919 as an initiative to help organise women who had worked in engineering roles during the First World War and wished to continue in technical professions after the war concluded. It was founded by Lady Parsons (Katharine Bethell) and six other influential women, including her daughter Rachel. Both Lady Parsons and her daughter had worked as engineers during the war and could understand the frustrations other female engineers were experiencing in the workplace.
 Modern day activities
With a focus on education, the organisation offers scholarships to candidates pursuing careers in engineering. It also has an extensive archive tracing the role of women in the engineering profession.
- To support members and women engineers in general.
- To encourage women to study engineering and pursue careers in the field.
- To promote a wider corporate view of gender diversity.
- To represent the collective voice of women engineers.
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