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The Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women in Computing (ACM-W) supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to ACM members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women. ACM-W is an active organization with over 36,000 members.[1]

Celebrations of Women in Computing[edit]

ACM-W sponsors annual celebrations focused on women in computing. ACM-W provides up to $3,000 seed funding for each celebration, and also raises and disburses corporate sponsorship. Each celebration organizing committee is responsible for additional fundraising within their conference area.[2] ACM-W supports, celebrates, and advocates internationally for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field, providing a wide range of programs and services to Association for Computing Machinery members and working in the larger community to advance the contributions of technical women.

ACM-W Celebrations are regional conferences with global participants from industry, academia, and government.[3] Celebration participation is growing [4] and these events represent some of the largest gatherings of women in technology.[5]

The original Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing was recognized by the US White House on their page "The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology" in the entry for United States Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper.[6] In addition to this noteworthy beginning, the conferences have attracted the participation of technology notables including Anita Hill, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative co-founder Priscilla Chan, and Justine Cassell of Carnegie Mellon University, one of the top universities in Computer Science. The list describes the expansion of celebrations globally to include the largest gathering of women in computing in India.[7]

Conference Location Typically held Year Established
ACM Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing (CAN-CWiC) Canada Annually in November 2015[8]
Conference Location Year
womENcourage Trondheim, Norway 2023[9]
womENcourage Larnaka, Cyprus 2022[10]
womENcourage Prague, Czech Republic 2021[11]
womENcourage Baku, Azerbaijan 2020[12]
womENcourage Rome, Italy 2019[13]
womENcourage Belgrade, Serbia 2018[14]
womENcourage Barcelona, Spain 2017[15]
womENcourage Linz, Austria 2016[16]
womENcourage Uppsala University, Sweden 2015[17]
womENcourage Manchester, United Kingdom 2014
Conference Location Year
AIWiC Ahmedabad, Gujarat 2015
Conference Location Year
PHIWiC Skylight Convention Center, Puerto Princesa, Palawan 2016
Puerto Rico
Conference Location Year
CCWiC-Puerto Rico University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Puerto Rico 2016
United Kingdom
Conference Location Year
Inspire 2020 University of York, United Kingdom 2020
Inspire 2019 University of Kent, United Kingdom 2019
Inspire 2018 De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom 2018
Inspire 2017 University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom 2017
Inspire 2015 Imperial College, London, United Kingdom 2015
United States
Conference Location Typically held Year Established
Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas Women in Computing Celebration (MINK WiC) Kansas City, Missouri biennial in November 2011[18][19]
Rocky Mountain Celebration of Women in Computing (RMCWiC) Denver, Colorado biennial in Oct or Nov 2008[20][21]
Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing[22] United States annual in October 2000[23][24]


ACM-W has nearly 200 active professional, virtual and student chapters globally. The professional chapters serve to enhance communications networks thereby providing resources and support for women in the workforce. The student chapters serve to increase recruitment and retention of women in computing fields at the university level and offer student activities and projects that aim to improve the working and learning environments for women in computing.[25]


Starting in 2006, ACM-W has offered an annual Athena Lecturer Award to honor outstanding women researchers who have made fundamental contributions to computer science:[26]

ACM-W also offers an ACM-W Networking Award for active student chapters.[28]


ACM-W provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science and related programs to attend research conferences. The ACM-W scholarships are offered for both intra-continental conference travel, and intercontinental conference travel. Scholarship applications are evaluated in six groups each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences, including many annual ACM special interest group conferences such as SIGACCESS, SIGACT, SIGAI, SIGARCH, SIGCOMM, SIGCHI, SIGCSE, SIGDA, SIGECOM, SIGEVO, SIGGRAPH, SIGHPC, SIGIR, SIGITE, SIGMM, SIGMOBILE, SIGOPS, SIGPLAN, and SIGSOFT.


Past sponsors of ACM-W services such as scholarships and regional celebrations include:


ACM-W publishes a monthly newsletter that highlights people, opportunities, accomplishments, and current issues associated with women in computing. The network wide newsletter was started in 2008 with regional newsletters also provided.


ACM-W officers include:

  • Ruth G. Lennon, Chair
  • Reyyan Ayfer, Vice Chair
  • Melanie Wu, Treasurer
  • Amelia Cole, Treasurer
  • Arati Dixit, Standing Committee Chair
  • Bushra Anjum, Standing Committee Chair
  • Bettina Bair, Communications Committee Chair
  • Sarah McRoberts, Communications Committee Chair
  • Valerie Barr, Past Chair

ACM-W regions and chairs are:

  • Rukiye Altin, Europe Chair
  • Heena Timani, India Chair
  • Monica McGill, North America
  • Jacqueline Tate, Asia Pacific
  • Hong Gao, China

ACM-W Standing Committees and Special Projects include:

  • Viviana Bono, ACM-W Scholarships
  • Pamela Wisniewski, ACM / ACM-W Awards Rising Star
  • Rachelle Hippler, Professional Chapters
  • Priya Chawla, Next Gen

ACM-W Communications Committee members:

  • Jennifer Goodall, ACM-W Connections Newsletter Editor

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ACM-W Brochure" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-03-26. Retrieved 2016-03-20.
  2. ^ ACM-W Celebrations of Women in Computing
  3. ^ "2018 Impact Grace Hopper Celebration" (PDF). AnitaB.org. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  4. ^ "Joining in: Computer science student participation up fivefold at women in computing conference". College of Natural Sciences. 2018-12-14. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  5. ^ "Grace Hopper Celebration - AnitaB.org". Grace Hopper Celebration. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  6. ^ "The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology". The White House. Archived from the original on 2017-09-29. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  7. ^ "GHC India - AnitaB.org". GHC India. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  8. ^ "Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing 2018". Dalhousie University. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  9. ^ "womENcourage 2023". womENcourage 2023. Retrieved 2023-06-03.
  10. ^ "womENcourage 2022". womENcourage 2022. Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  11. ^ "womENcourage 2021". womENcourage 2021. Retrieved 2021-04-03.
  12. ^ "womENcourage 2020". womENcourage 2020. Retrieved 2020-10-05.
  13. ^ "ACM WomENcourage 2019 - Call for participation". www.fib.upc.edu. 2019-03-08. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  14. ^ "Helping Turkish Women Advance in Computer Science Careers". academy.oracle.com. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  15. ^ "4th ACM Europe Celebration of Women in Computing womENcourage 2017". www.prace-ri.eu. 2017-02-13. Archived from the original on 2019-07-18. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  16. ^ "Informatics Europe at womENcourage 2016". www.informatics-europe.org. 2016-08-25. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  17. ^ Korbutiak, Joanna (2015-09-24). "UNT Regional Daily Newspaper Här byggs nya appar ("Here, new apps are being built)". www.unt.se. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  18. ^ "CRA-W Sends Distinguished Lecturer to MINK-WIC - CRA Women". Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  19. ^ "SCE Students Winners in Poster Contest at MINK WIC Conference". University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Computing and Engineering News. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  20. ^ "Rocky Mountain Celebration of Women In Computing 2018 | FreeBSD Foundation". www.freebsdfoundation.org. 26 October 2018. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  21. ^ "Computer Science Department Diversity Initiatives | Westminster College Utah". www.westminstercollege.edu. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  22. ^ "The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology". The White House. Archived from the original on 2017-09-29. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  23. ^ "Google Sponsors Scholarships for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference". www.businesswire.com. 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  24. ^ "Facebook's Sandberg calls on women to be aggressive leaders". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  25. ^ ACM-W Chapters
  26. ^ "ACM-W Athena Lecturers Award Winners". ACM. Retrieved 2016-03-19.
  27. ^ "Berkeley Lab's Yelick Named "Athena Lecturer" for Contributions to Parallel Programming Languages that Improve Programmer Productivity" (PDF) (Press release). ACM. March 21, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 3, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  28. ^ ACM-W Chapter (ACM-W Networking Awards)

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