The Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) began in 2002 as an informal network of women in the early stages of their careers, with a mission to promote career development, build community, provide opportunities for informal mentoring, and support professional collaborations. Since then, ESWN has grown into a community of over 3,000 members across more than 50 countries, registering as a 501c3 in 2014. ESWN became a member of the 4W project network in 2014.
Women receive 39% of undergraduate degrees in the earth, atmospheric, and oceanic sciences, yet make up only 20% of geoscience faculty, and even fewer at the full professor level. ESWN believes that a more diverse and equitable scientific community—not only in terms of gender—leads to greater scientific innovation and productivity. When gender and other forms of bias deter young scientists from entering and succeeding in the scientific workforce, it harms science and all of society. This is why ESWN’s mission is “Supporting the scientists of today and welcoming the scientists of tomorrow.”