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Our Commitment to Women In STEM

At Boeing, we are dedicated to addressing the need for more women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Women have played an important role in the history of Boeing.  At the company’s inception in 1916, founder William Boeing hired seamstress Rosie Farrar to stitch together linen wings for the early B & W seaplanes. Just two years later, Helen Holcombe joined Boeing as the first woman in the engineering department.

Since that time, Boeing has worked to actively diversify our workforce, and we are proud of the inroads we have made. Over the past five years alone, Boeing and the Boeing Charitable Trust have contributed more than $85 million towards community initiatives that have inspired an estimated 3.6 million young women in STEM, globally.

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Congratulations to Leanne Caret, one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women in Business

Congratulations to Joan Robinson-Berry, recipient of the 2017 Women in Aerospace Achievement Award

Empowering Women at Boeing

Our commitment to empowering women within our company is part of our larger strategy to attract and retain the best, diverse talent across our enterprise. Within the company, woman innovators find a community of like-minded individuals through the Boeing Women in Leadership Association and mentorship opportunities, as well as through the company’s engagement in professional associations, including:

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

For more than three decades, our leaders have served on the Corporate Partnership Council. We’ve supported Tech Team Competition, the annual conference, as well as mentoring and networking events, among others. Today, more than 1,150 Boeing engineers are SWE members.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

We’re proud supporters of the National Society of Black Engineers. Since its inception in 1975, our leaders have served on the NSBE Board of Corporate Affiliates. We ranked number two on the 2016 NSBE 50 Annual Employer Preference Survey and ranked number one for many years. Learn more.

Women in Aviation International (WAI)

We helped establish WAI in 1994 and continue to be involved as corporate affiliate and sponsor of the annual conference. Four Boeing trailblazers have been inducted into the WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame and we offer a variety of scholarships to encourage women to pursue careers in aviation.

Women of Color in STEM (WOC)

Since its inception in 1995, we’ve sponsored the WOC annual conference and Girls in STEM initiative, and participated in annual professional mentoring and K-12 outreach programs.

 

Learn more about our culture of diversity and inclusion

What We're Doing

Through a companywide commitment to programs aimed at attracting and retaining female talent, and with community investments designed to educate and inspire the next generation of women scientists and engineers, Boeing is taking steps to encourage women to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers.

In 2016, Boeing and the Boeing Charitable Trust partnered with more than 120 STEM organizations and contributed more than $18 million toward community initiatives that globally helped inspire an estimated 600,000 young women in STEM. Over the past five years, Boeing and the Boeing Charitable Trust have contributed more than $85 million toward community initiatives that have inspired an estimated 3.6 million young women in STEM around the world.

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Trailblazers of Boeing

Women have played an important role in the history of The Boeing Company, beginning the year the company was founded in 1916 when seamstress Rosie Farrar was hired by William Boeing to stitch together linen wings for the early B & W seaplanes. In 1918, Helen Holcombe joined Boeing as the first woman in the engineering department.

Attracted by the challenges of aviation and the magic of flight, the trailblazers — female pioneers, aviators, engineers and executives — worked hand in hand with thousands of other dedicated employees to help make Boeing what it is today. Here are some of their milestones.

The full inspiring stories of these aviation pioneers, including personal interviews and rare archival photographs, are featured in the book “Trailblazers: The Women of The Boeing Company” (2014) by Betsy Case. 76 pp. Boeing Press.

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