The Association for Women Geoscientists is an international organization devoted to enhancing the quality and level of participation of women in geosciences and to introduce girls and young women to geoscience careers. Membership is open to anyone who supports AWG's goals. Our members include:
Our diverse interests and expertise cover the entire spectrum of geoscience disciplines and career paths, providing excelled networking and mentoring opportunities. Our membership is brought together by a common love of earth science and the desire to ensure rewarding opportunities for women in the geosciences.
AWG was founded in 1977 in the San Francisco Bay Area, with approximately 50 members. These early members often met in each other's homes to discuss their research activities and career situations. Within a few years, the number of San Francisco Bay Area members had increased to over 100. Women from other parts of the country learned about AWG through its published newsletter, and many outside the Bay Area began to join. The first official chapter formed in 1980 when about 40 women in Denver became associated with the Bay Area group. Within a few months, the Denver group was well established, and women in several other cities began to start chapters. The Bay Area served as Association headquarters during this growth period. As more chapters formed, the need for a representative Association structure became apparent.
During 1981 and 1982 a series of meetings was held to determine the details of electing a representative Board of Directors. Under the capable leadership of Jessica Donovan, who was serving as President of both the Association and the AWG-Bay Area Chapter, the details of such a structure were finalized. The members of the 1982-83 Executive Committee were the first officers elected by all members of the AWG organization. Vicki Cowart of the Denver Chapter was elected to serve as the first President of the expanded Association. In 1983, AWG incorporated in the State of California as a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation organized under Section 501(c)6 of the IRS code. Also in 1983, the AWG Foundation was established as a Section 501(c)3 non-profit public benefit corporation. Lois Ongley served as the first AWGF President.