What Is The WIE Pledge?
“IEEE WIE pledges to work towards gender-diversified panels at all IEEE meetings, conferences, and events, including our own.”
The Pledge was created from years of discussion among the WIE Committee, which includes representation from IEEE Regions, Societies, Councils, and other Organizational Units (OUs). The WIE Committee have listened to our membership at local and global events, read and discussed their comments in our membership feedback surveys. In a recent IEEE survey, 4,579 women responded to questions on being a woman in tech, and the survey asked higher-grade members how IEEE might help address issues women face in the tech workplace.
IEEE Women in Engineering Leads a Pledge to Make Speaker Panels More Gender Balanced (IEEE Spectrum)
How Can You Take The WIE Pledge?
First, speak with your organization’s leadership – including your WIE Committee representative, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) representative, Vice President (VP), President, Director, or Steering Committee. This may mean further discussion with Administrative Committees (AdComs), Executive Committees (ExComs), and even Board of Governors/Directors. WIE can help you prepare for those discussions – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you decide to move forward and make the WIE Pledge, the implementation and compliance are the next set of challenges. From plenty of conversations with Presidents, WIE leadership, IEEE leadership, and VPs, we very much understand that this is an organic process where one size does not fit all. Some OUs are extending the Pledge, for example, beyond gender to ethnicity/age/etc.
Others are expanding upon the WIE Pledge for multiple facets of their OU portfolio (i.e., diversity in gender in conferences but also publications).
Download The WIE Pledge Logo
The WIE Pledge logo was created for those who adopt the WIE Pledge to show representation via their communications channels. The WIE Pledge logo can be displayed via the following communication channels, i.e website, email, presentations, social media channel, print collateral, etc.
What IEEE Organizational Units (OUs) Are Saying
WIE is building momentum with the Pledge and concurrently working on the cross-talk of how to implement change, establishing best practices, and capturing all of these details for our membership. Currently in development and soon to be communicated:
Women’s Experiences In Tech
In a recent IEEE survey, 4,579 women responded to questions on being a woman in tech. The detailed findings reveal discouraging experiences and perceptions within the industry, and how IEEE might help address issues women face in the tech workplace.
Women’s Experiences In Tech (PDF)