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.
Since its establishment in 1988, the WID Scholar program, previously HORIZONS, has awarded more than $1,000,000 to more than 200 recipients pursuing degrees ranging from law to engineering to math to public policy. Awards are based on academic achievement, participation in defense and national security activities, field of study, work experience, statements of interest, recommendations, and financial need. Recipients must report periodically on the impact of the awards on their personal and professional lives.
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!