Womxn

Welcome, womxn of MIT!

Welcome to the womxn career community! This channel hosts career resources, advice, opportunities and news for women and those identifying as women. CAPD understands your gender identity affects your career planning and job search experience, and we are here to help you at any stage in your career journey. Take a look at the resources below, and schedule individual appointments with CAPD advisors to discuss your specific questions.

 

Speakers and attendees laugh together at the 2019 Path of Professorship conference.

Connect with Women at MIT

Take the time to connect with other women at MIT. Find a supportive community, forge new friendships and increase your professional network.

Click on the tab to learn more about each organization.

  • Association of MIT Alumnae (AMITA)
  • Graduate Women at MIT (gwaMIT)
  • Postdoctoral Organization for Women Engaged in Research (POWER)
  • MIT Women’s League
  • MIT Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Sloan Women in Management
  • Attend AMITA events to connect with womxn alumnae.  AMITA promotes women’s advancement at MIT and beyond.
  • GwaMIT is an institute-wide, student-led group that promotes the personal and professional development of MIT’s graduate women. GwaMIT hosts annual conferences, a mentoring program and a series of smaller workshops and social events throughout the year.
  • POWER aims to support and advocate for women postdocs in all aspects of their professional training at MIT. POWER hosts social and professional events to foster connections and to enhance professional development.
  • The MIT Women’s League is a social and service organization founded in 1913 to foster connections among women at the Institute.  The group includes a broad range of ages, cultures, talents, and roles in the MIT community, and is open to staff, faculty, spouses, students, post-docs, and alumni.
  • MIT SWE is a chapter of the National SWE.  Its mission is to inspire younger generations about engineering, encourage the notion of diversity in engineering, and determine and advocate for the needs of women engineers at MIT and the broader community.
  • Sloan Women in Management works to increase opportunities for all women at MIT Sloan through networking events, speaker series, professional development workshops, and mentorship programs.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see additional women’s organizations at MIT and beyond. In addition, see the Office of Innovation list of MIT Resources for Women.

Women’s Career Resources

Learn about career issues specific to women:

Equal Pay

Assessing Employers

Legal Rights in the Workplace

Women’s Work-Life Balance

Women in STEM

For additional information, scroll down to the highlights section (for news and articles), and to the resources section below.

Meet with CAPD career advisors:

For individual advice and questions regarding career development and for job search support, students and postdocs can make an appointment to speak with a CAPD advisor.

Panelists smile at the 2019 Path of Professorship conference.

Flagship Events and Opportunities

Annual Events:

Path of Professorship (each Fall): This 2-day event gathers a wonderful group of womxn professors from MIT and a diverse range of colleges and universities to share their experiences and advice for academic careers.

gwaMIT Annual Conferences:

  • The Empowerment Conference (each Fall) seeks to provide resources for and promote discussion of issues relevant to the life choices of graduate womxn.
  • The Leadership Conference (each Spring) seeks to provide graduate womxn with the opportunity to gain communication and leadership skills.

Opportunities:

  • WGS professional development funds for undergraduate students
  • MIT provides access to PIVOT, a comprehensive database of funding opportunities.  You can search and filter by various criteria, including finding grants and awards specific to women.
  • The Women in Innovation and STEM Database at MIT (WISDM) promotes the visibility of women in our academic community, increases gender diversity in innovation and entrepreneurship, and makes it easier to find talented and diverse speakers for various events.

For additional information on events and opportunities, scroll down to the highlights section (for news and announcements), and to the resources section below.

Discovering community and cultural connections

A joint humanities and engineering major, senior Grace McMillan is setting her sights on a legal career focused on education policy reform.

“When McMillan isn’t in class or hanging out with her sisters, she’s in the library studying for the …

By MIT News
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Political science and physics major Leela Fredlund wants to ensure fairness and justice prevail in humanity’s leap into space.

“I realized that I could raise very interesting questions at the intersection of astronomy and political science,” says Fredlund. Through undergraduate projects at MIT and at institutions such as NASA, Fredlund has been focused on the ways governments are shaping …

By MIT News
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It’s Equal Pay Day. Women earn 84 cents for every dollar men make — or even less

HEARD ON ALL THINGS CONSIDERED

by Andrea Hsu | NPR

Equal Pay Day has come around again, and it feels a little like Groundhog Day.

Despite the annual reminder about how far into the new year women have to work to …

By Simona Rosu
Simona Rosu Senior Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development
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Propelling Pay Equity Forward: Strategies For a Fairer Future

by Mary Gatta and Deborah Liverman NACE Journal / Winter 2024

Mitigating Gender Pay Disparity

As fields that have a greater composition of men have higher rates of pay than predominately female fields, one possible way to close the pay gap …

By Deborah Liverman
Deborah Liverman Executive Director, Career Advising & Professional Development
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Gosha Geogdzhayev and Sadhana Lolla named 2024 Gates Cambridge Scholars

Julia Mongo | Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Published by MIT News on February 27, 2024

This article was updated on April 23 to reflect the promotion of Gosha Geogdzhayev from alternate to winner of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

MIT seniors Gosha Geogdzhayev and …

By Julia Mongo
Julia Mongo Staff Writer and Advisor
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Career Resources

Survival Guide for Women of Color

How to protect your bright mind from the drain of everyday racism you may encounter in academic life.

2023: Fall Career Fair: Employer Equal Pay Initiatives

You can review this list of MIT Fall Career Fair 2023 employers who shared the pay equity efforts conducted at …

Parentaly provides free resources and tools for expecting employees, working parents and HR leaders to help navigate the parental leave …

by Rachel Montañez

Summary. How do you advocate for yourself at work — especially as a young employee?

Check out CAPD’s ever-expanding playlist of podcasts offering insight into negotiation & pay equity.