Women

Women, womxn, and femmes have made great strides towards workplace equality and justice, but barriers persist in the United States and globally. While women bring a wealth of value to organizations, they must often navigate complicated situations as working professionals.  Resources below for women include job searching, networking, community development, and legal support. This page was inspired by the resources developed by the Hiatt Career Center at Brandeis.

Support at Wentworth

A women’s experience in the workplace is unique, but unifying themes are easy to identify in media and their daily lives. Women may need support with issues such as: identifying if an employer has an equitable work environment, addressing harassment and discrimination, and navigating the working world of male-dominated STEAM industries.

Your CO-OP + CAREER Advisor is available by appointment to discuss your concerns and answer questions about how your gender identity may interest and impact your co-op or job search, workplace dynamics, and professional development.

Talk with us about

  • Being a woman in a male dominated field.
  • How to determine whether a company or workplace is equitable and inclusive.
  • Negotiating equitable salary and benefits.
  • Addressing gender bias, harassment, and discrimination in the workplace and during interviews.
  • Options for gendered and gender-nonconforming interview and workplace attire.

On campus

The Center for Social Justice and Diversity Programs (CSJDP) supports female students through dedicated programing and student organizations. Check out their website for office hours, upcoming events, and resources. We recommend female students consider getting involved with women focused professional groups on campus. Up-to-date information and meeting times can be found on LeopardSpot.

Student Organizations

CROWNS – Their mission is to unite, inspire, and engage women of diverse ethnic backgrounds within Wentworth Institute of Technology and the Colleges of the Fenway.

Contact: CROWNS@wit.edu | Crowns Instagram

Wentworth’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) – This campus chapter of SWE encourages women to thrive in engineering by nurturing professional, social, and academic networks among students, professionals, and employers. Learn more about this global network here.

Contact: swe@wit.edu | SWE Twitter

Women’s Council – This student council seeks to provide and support the academic, social, and professional success of self-identified women at Wentworth. Participation is by application only. Contact Ricky Meinke meinker@wit.edu for more information and to apply.

Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) – WILD supports women with leadership goals and aims to spread awareness of issues that affect women worldwide.

Contact: wild@wit.edu

Resources

General Career and Legal Support

ACLU
A concise and comprehensive guide to women’s rights in the workplace.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Leading the fight for fair pay and economic opportunity at the federal, state, and local level, the AAUW also trains women to negotiate pay and benefits and to pursue leadership roles. Take their free online Work Smart & Start Smart: Salary Negotiation course to learn to advocate for yourself and help close the pay gap.

HBR Podcast: Women at Work
Conversations about the workplace, and women’s place in it, brought to you by the Harvard Business Review.

National Women Law Center
Organization working to advance gender equality and justice by using the law to create change that addresses issues central to lives of women and girls.  Women can find details statistics about the gender pay gap by state and district here.

Office of Women’s Advancement Boston
Promotes gender equity in the Greater Boston Area by empowering women and removing systemic barriers to their advancement.

U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau
Final data and information about women and their experience working in the United States.

Workplace Fairness
Find legal information about sex and gender discrimination in the workplace.

Co-op and Job Search

Career Women
Search jobs for women by location, industry, or company.

Feminist Jobs Board
Run by The Feminist Majority Foundation this job board is a space to find jobs that progress the status of women in their chosen field.

Geeky Girl Reality
Job board to find employers who encourage early career women in STEM.

InHerSight
Database designed to help women make informed decisions about the companies for which they want to work.  Using a common set of metrics, women can rate and review their experience at companies and find their ideal workplace.

Power to Fly
Launched it 2014, Power to Fly is a job board created to connect organizations with women looking to work for companies that value gender diversity and inclusion.

Women in Technology International
Search jobs and connect with employers committed to hiring women in tech.

Networking Organizations and Professional Associations

Black Career Women Network
National organization focused on supporting the professional development and growth of Black women.

Ellevate
Global network of women focused on relationship development that supports women in their professional growth and promotes inclusive practices in the workplace.

Girls in Tech
A free-to-join community that helps women get into tech and supports their personal professional growth.

Girls Who Code College Loop
Local networks of college women in tech to support one another and help each other persist and succeed in the field.

National Organization for Women
The largest national network of women activists with chapters in all 50 states. They are focused on a grassroots approach to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls.

Women’s Professional Organizations by Industry
Find and join women focused professional associations with this collection of organizations by industry.