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 6,000 members across more than 50 countries, registering as a 501c3 and joining 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 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. Thus, ESWN’s mission is to support the scientists of today and welcome the scientists of tomorrow.