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A proud affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), WID provides women with a formal environment for professional growth through strategic networking, education, and professional development, and creates educational, coaching, and mentoring opportunities to encourage and enable young women to pursue STEM careers in support of National Defense.

PPBE Webinar, exclusive for NDIA, WID & NTSA members, will be hosted by Rachel McCaffrey, NDIA's VP of Membership & Chap...
04/14/2021

PPBE Webinar, exclusive for NDIA, WID & NTSA members, will be hosted by Rachel McCaffrey, NDIA's VP of Membership & Chapters & Executive Director for Women In Defense on April 16 at 1:00 PM EDT. You can register at https://bit.ly/3mMduiN

PPBE Webinar, exclusive for NDIA, WID & NTSA members, will be hosted by Rachel McCaffrey, NDIA's VP of Membership & Chapters & Executive Director for Women In Defense on April 16 at 1:00 PM EDT. You can register at https://bit.ly/3mMduiN

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson—1st African-American woman to receive a PhD from MIT, worked as theoretical physicist at Bell La...
03/31/2021

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson—1st African-American woman to receive a PhD from MIT, worked as theoretical physicist at Bell Labs, chaired US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, cochaired Obama’s President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. https://bit.ly/37Rz66b #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson—1st African-American woman to receive a PhD from MIT, worked as theoretical physicist at Bell Labs, chaired US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, cochaired Obama’s President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. https://bit.ly/37Rz66b #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Dr. Florence Bascom—Among many firsts, she was 1st woman hired by U.S. Geological Survey & 1st woman elected to Council ...
03/30/2021

Dr. Florence Bascom—Among many firsts, she was 1st woman hired by U.S. Geological Survey & 1st woman elected to Council of Geological Society of America. https://bit.ly/2NRMtxy #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Dr. Florence Bascom—Among many firsts, she was 1st woman hired by U.S. Geological Survey & 1st woman elected to Council of Geological Society of America. https://bit.ly/2NRMtxy #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Dr. Shannon Lucid--Member of 1st astronaut class to admit women, she set records for flight hours & made significant sci...
03/29/2021

Dr. Shannon Lucid--Member of 1st astronaut class to admit women, she set records for flight hours & made significant scientific discoveries during 5 flights. Dr. Lucid became 9th person & 1st woman to receive the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Dr. Shannon Lucid--Member of 1st astronaut class to admit women, she set records for flight hours & made significant scientific discoveries during 5 flights. Dr. Lucid became 9th person & 1st woman to receive the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Abigail Adams—America’s second First Lady, she asked her husband to remind the First Continental Congress to “remember t...
03/28/2021

Abigail Adams—America’s second First Lady, she asked her husband to remind the First Continental Congress to “remember the ladies.” She opposed slavery, supported women’s education and was an early advocate for women’s rights. https://bit.ly/3vRWbBj #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Abigail Adams—America’s second First Lady, she asked her husband to remind the First Continental Congress to “remember the ladies.” She opposed slavery, supported women’s education and was an early advocate for women’s rights. https://bit.ly/3vRWbBj #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Condoleezza Rice--66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hol...
03/27/2021

Condoleezza Rice--66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. https://stanford.io/3lLO1FT #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Condoleezza Rice--66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. https://stanford.io/3lLO1FT #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Charlotte E. Ray--Howard University’s first black woman legal graduate, and one a small handful of women who practiced l...
03/26/2021

Charlotte E. Ray--Howard University’s first black woman legal graduate, and one a small handful of women who practiced law at the time she gained admission to the DC bar in 1872. https://bit.ly/3lMopbT #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Charlotte E. Ray--Howard University’s first black woman legal graduate, and one a small handful of women who practiced law at the time she gained admission to the DC bar in 1872. https://bit.ly/3lMopbT #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

For young professionals & students only, you should now enter the breakout session room with your unique emailed link fo...
03/25/2021

For young professionals & students only, you should now enter the breakout session room with your unique emailed link for the Women Inspired to SErve (WISE): Share Your Map event. Please refer to womenindefense.net/wise for more info. #IAMWID #WIDWISE21

For young professionals & students only, you should now enter the breakout session room with your unique emailed link for the Women Inspired to SErve (WISE): Share Your Map event. Please refer to womenindefense.net/wise for more info. #IAMWID #WIDWISE21

Fireside Chat at Women Inspired to SErve: Share Your Map is now live with The Honorable Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder & M...
03/25/2021

Fireside Chat at Women Inspired to SErve: Share Your Map is now live with The Honorable Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at WestExec Advisors &
The Honorable Ellen Lord, Former USD(A&S). See agenda at womenindefense.net/wise #IAMWID #WIDWISE21

Fireside Chat at Women Inspired to SErve: Share Your Map is now live with The Honorable Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at WestExec Advisors &
The Honorable Ellen Lord, Former USD(A&S). See agenda at womenindefense.net/wise #IAMWID #WIDWISE21

We have welcome remarks from Dr. Michael Desch & Dr. Marie Lynn Miranda from Notre Dame and Dr. Dan Voce from Leidos at ...
03/25/2021

We have welcome remarks from Dr. Michael Desch & Dr. Marie Lynn Miranda from Notre Dame and Dr. Dan Voce from Leidos at tonight's Women Inspired to SErve (WISE): Share Your Map Fireside Chat. See agenda at womenindefense.net/wise #IAMWID #WIDWISE21

Dorothy Vaughan--Respected mathematician and NASA's first African American manager as head of the National Advisory Comm...
03/25/2021

Dorothy Vaughan--Respected mathematician and NASA's first African American manager as head of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ (NACA’s) segregated West Area Computing Unit from 1949 until 1958. https://go.nasa.gov/3vZysPI #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Dorothy Vaughan--Respected mathematician and NASA's first African American manager as head of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics’ (NACA’s) segregated West Area Computing Unit from 1949 until 1958. https://go.nasa.gov/3vZysPI #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Belva Lockwood –American feminist and lawyer, the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court bar, and the first woman to ...
03/24/2021

Belva Lockwood –American feminist and lawyer, the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court bar, and the first woman to argue a case before the high court. https://bit.ly/3ri32Ag #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Belva Lockwood –American feminist and lawyer, the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court bar, and the first woman to argue a case before the high court. https://bit.ly/3ri32Ag #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Are your company seeking to expand your business globally or seeking opportunities with DoD? Join Going Global: Identify...
03/23/2021

Are your company seeking to expand your business globally or seeking opportunities with DoD? Join Going Global: Identifying & Mitigating Risks webinar this Thursday, March 25 at 1pm EST. For more info & to register, please visit https://bit.ly/395NeKz

Are your company seeking to expand your business globally or seeking opportunities with DoD? Join Going Global: Identifying & Mitigating Risks webinar this Thursday, March 25 at 1pm EST. For more info & to register, please visit https://bit.ly/395NeKz

Wilma Mankiller— First elected female chief of Native nation, Cherokee, in modern times, she advocated for extensive com...
03/23/2021

Wilma Mankiller— First elected female chief of Native nation, Cherokee, in modern times, she advocated for extensive community development, self-help, education & healthcare programs that revitalized Nation of 300,000 citizens. https://bit.ly/3s5V3aJ #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Wilma Mankiller— First elected female chief of Native nation, Cherokee, in modern times, she advocated for extensive community development, self-help, education & healthcare programs that revitalized Nation of 300,000 citizens. https://bit.ly/3s5V3aJ #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Maria Mitchell—First female astronomer in the US, she discovered a comet, which was named for her. Hired as the first fe...
03/22/2021

Maria Mitchell—First female astronomer in the US, she discovered a comet, which was named for her. Hired as the first female professor at Vassar, she demanded and eventually received the same salary as male professors. https://bit.ly/3c02M4E #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Maria Mitchell—First female astronomer in the US, she discovered a comet, which was named for her. Hired as the first female professor at Vassar, she demanded and eventually received the same salary as male professors. https://bit.ly/3c02M4E #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Mae Jemison—Doctor, engineer and NASA astronaut, she became the first African American woman to travel in space. https:/...
03/21/2021

Mae Jemison—Doctor, engineer and NASA astronaut, she became the first African American woman to travel in space. https://bit.ly/2ZIEncS #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Mae Jemison—Doctor, engineer and NASA astronaut, she became the first African American woman to travel in space. https://bit.ly/2ZIEncS #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Madeleine Albright—1st woman to serve as Secretary of State, promoted expansion of NATO eastward into former Soviet bloc...
03/20/2021

Madeleine Albright—1st woman to serve as Secretary of State, promoted expansion of NATO eastward into former Soviet bloc nations & worked to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons from former Soviet republics to rogue nations. https://bit.ly/3eR53B0 #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Madeleine Albright—1st woman to serve as Secretary of State, promoted expansion of NATO eastward into former Soviet bloc nations & worked to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons from former Soviet republics to rogue nations. https://bit.ly/3eR53B0 #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Annie J. Cannon—American astronomer who, alongside Edward Pickering, was credited in the creation of Harvard Classificat...
03/19/2021

Annie J. Cannon—American astronomer who, alongside Edward Pickering, was credited in the creation of Harvard Classification Scheme with Edward Pickering, the first serious attempt to organize & classify stars based on temps. https://bit.ly/3s14fxc #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Annie J. Cannon—American astronomer who, alongside Edward Pickering, was credited in the creation of Harvard Classification Scheme with Edward Pickering, the first serious attempt to organize & classify stars based on temps. https://bit.ly/3s14fxc #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Join us & our partners, Notre Dame International Security Center, Women In International Security (WIIS), & Girl Securit...
03/18/2021

Join us & our partners, Notre Dame International Security Center, Women In International Security (WIIS), & Girl Security, on Thursday, March 25th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm EDT for candid discussion with two of America’s most accomplished national security leaders, the Honorable Michèle Flournoy & the Honorable Ellen Lord. womenindefense.net/wise #IAMWID #WIDWISE21

Join us & our partners, Notre Dame International Security Center, Women In International Security (WIIS), & Girl Security, on Thursday, March 25th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm EDT for candid discussion with two of America’s most accomplished national security leaders, the Honorable Michèle Flournoy & the Honorable Ellen Lord. womenindefense.net/wise #IAMWID #WIDWISE21

Rosalyn Yalow—1977 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or medicine. “The world cannot afford the loss of the talents of half of...
03/18/2021

Rosalyn Yalow—1977 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or medicine. “The world cannot afford the loss of the talents of half of its people if we are to solve the many problems which beset us.” https://bit.ly/38TQ1Xl #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Rosalyn Yalow—1977 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or medicine. “The world cannot afford the loss of the talents of half of its people if we are to solve the many problems which beset us.” https://bit.ly/38TQ1Xl #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker—American feminist, suffragist, suspected spy, POW and surgeon, Major Generals Sherman and Thomas...
03/17/2021

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker—American feminist, suffragist, suspected spy, POW and surgeon, Major Generals Sherman and Thomas recommended her for the Medal of Honor, which President Johnson supported. https://www.nps.gov/people/mary-walker.htm #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker—American feminist, suffragist, suspected spy, POW and surgeon, Major Generals Sherman and Thomas recommended her for the Medal of Honor, which President Johnson supported. https://www.nps.gov/people/mary-walker.htm #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Dr. Gladys Mae West—Her calculations & computer programming helped construct a geoid, a mathematical model of earth’s sh...
03/15/2021

Dr. Gladys Mae West—Her calculations & computer programming helped construct a geoid, a mathematical model of earth’s shape, which created efficiencies that transformed calculation timetables & directly contributed GPS. https://bit.ly/2OnXQxj #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Dr. Gladys Mae West—Her calculations & computer programming helped construct a geoid, a mathematical model of earth’s shape, which created efficiencies that transformed calculation timetables & directly contributed GPS. https://bit.ly/2OnXQxj #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Rosalind Franklin-- British scientist best known for contributions to discovery of molecular structure of DNA. She also ...
03/14/2021

Rosalind Franklin-- British scientist best known for contributions to discovery of molecular structure of DNA. She also contributed new insight on structure of viruses, helping lay foundation for field of structural virology. https://bit.ly/2PNmN5H #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Rosalind Franklin-- British scientist best known for contributions to discovery of molecular structure of DNA. She also contributed new insight on structure of viruses, helping lay foundation for field of structural virology. https://bit.ly/2PNmN5H #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Ellen H. Swallow Richards—One of America’s first women professional chemists, MIT accepted her as a special student in 1...
03/13/2021

Ellen H. Swallow Richards—One of America’s first women professional chemists, MIT accepted her as a special student in 1871. Her 1890 survey led to first state water-quality standards in nation. https://bit.ly/3rlcB2r #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Ellen H. Swallow Richards—One of America’s first women professional chemists, MIT accepted her as a special student in 1871. Her 1890 survey led to first state water-quality standards in nation. https://bit.ly/3rlcB2r #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Antonia Novello—First woman & Hispanic Surgeon General of United States. Awarded Legion of merit by General Colin Powell...
03/12/2021

Antonia Novello—First woman & Hispanic Surgeon General of United States. Awarded Legion of merit by General Colin Powell for expediting Federal Drug administration approval of vaccines for military personnel during Gulf War. https://bit.ly/2MOMOQY #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Antonia Novello—First woman & Hispanic Surgeon General of United States. Awarded Legion of merit by General Colin Powell for expediting Federal Drug administration approval of vaccines for military personnel during Gulf War. https://bit.ly/2MOMOQY #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Join us & our partners, Notre Dame International Security Center, Women In International Security (WIIS), & Girl Securit...
03/11/2021

Join us & our partners, Notre Dame International Security Center, Women In International Security (WIIS), & Girl Security, on Thursday, March 25th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm EDT for candid discussion with two of America’s most accomplished national security leaders, the Honorable Michèle Flournoy & the Honorable Ellen Lord. womenindefense.net/wise #IAMWID #WIDWISE21

Join us & our partners, Notre Dame International Security Center, Women In International Security (WIIS), & Girl Security, on Thursday, March 25th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm EDT for candid discussion with two of America’s most accomplished national security leaders, the Honorable Michèle Flournoy & the Honorable Ellen Lord. womenindefense.net/wise #IAMWID #WIDWISE21

WID Scholar Application deadline is next Friday, March 12! Eligible women may submit applications for funding to assist ...
03/11/2021

WID Scholar Application deadline is next Friday, March 12! Eligible women may submit applications for funding to assist in pursuing education on path to a career in defense or national security. For more info & to apply for scholarship, please visit WomenInDefense.net/WIDScholar

WID Scholar Application deadline is next Friday, March 12! Eligible women may submit applications for funding to assist in pursuing education on path to a career in defense or national security. For more info & to apply for scholarship, please visit WomenInDefense.net/WIDScholar

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm--First African American woman to serve in Congress (1968) & first woman & African Americ...
03/11/2021

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm--First African American woman to serve in Congress (1968) & first woman & African American to seek the nomination for president of United States from one of two major political parties (1972). https://bit.ly/3qlUmIw #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm--First African American woman to serve in Congress (1968) & first woman & African American to seek the nomination for president of United States from one of two major political parties (1972). https://bit.ly/3qlUmIw #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Margaret Chase Smith--First woman to serve in both houses of the U.S. Congress (House of Representatives [1940-1949] and...
03/10/2021

Margaret Chase Smith--First woman to serve in both houses of the U.S. Congress (House of Representatives [1940-1949] and the Senate [1949-1973]) and the first woman directly elected to the U.S. Senate. https://bit.ly/3uYLRXK #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Margaret Chase Smith--First woman to serve in both houses of the U.S. Congress (House of Representatives [1940-1949] and the Senate [1949-1973]) and the first woman directly elected to the U.S. Senate. https://bit.ly/3uYLRXK #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Frances Perkins--She became first woman to serve in a Presidential cabinet during Roosevelt & outlined a set of policy p...
03/09/2021

Frances Perkins--She became first woman to serve in a Presidential cabinet during Roosevelt & outlined a set of policy priorities: a 40-hour work week; a minimum wage; unemployment compensation; & much more. Read her story here: https://bit.ly/2Or4uTc #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Frances Perkins--She became first woman to serve in a Presidential cabinet during Roosevelt & outlined a set of policy priorities: a 40-hour work week; a minimum wage; unemployment compensation; & much more. Read her story here: https://bit.ly/2Or4uTc #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth

Gertrude Ederle: Member of 1924 U.S. Olympic team, she won gold in 4 × 100-metre freestyle relay & bronze in 100-metre &...
03/08/2021
Gertrude Ederle | Biography & Facts

Gertrude Ederle: Member of 1924 U.S. Olympic team, she won gold in 4 × 100-metre freestyle relay & bronze in 100-metre & 400-metre freestyle events & first woman to swim English Channel. #IAMWID #WomensHistoryMonth https://bit.ly/3kATHBR

Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer who in 1925 became the first woman to swim the English Channel.

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