Women In Defense traces its roots to 1979 when a group of women saw the need for an organization dedicated to networking and professional development within the defense and national security workspace. We welcome all women and men working in defense and national security to join WID. Membership provides access to a broad national network of women and men working in government, the defense industry and academia. Membership also provides access to 21 local Chapters, which provide leadership, networking, professional development and mentoring opportunities throughout the year. Membership is free for government employees and active military, and $40 per year for industry and academia members.
Chapter membership is a valuable benefit of belonging to Women In Defense because of the local business and professional contacts and knowledge available. Members are automatically assigned to the nearest geographic chapter, based on zip code. Chapter membership does not require an additional dues payment.
Through the HORIZONS Scholarship, established in 1988, Women In Defense encourages women to pursue careers related to the national security and defense interests of the United States and to provide development opportunities to women already working in national security and defense fields. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are U.S. citizens either employed or planning careers in defense or national security areas
Women In Defense is proud to currently host three national events each year - the Service to the Flag Award Ceremony, the HORIZONS Scholarship Celebration and an annual National Conference. Women In Defense's chapters also host a variety of events throughout the year across the country. Check back frequently for updates!
Membership and Chapter Coordinator