External Resources

"Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the high road to pride, self-esteem and personal satisfaction."

- Margaret Thatcher

There are many local and national organizations dedicated to the advancement of women. Details on these various organizations are listed below.

If you know of any organizations that should be added to this list, please contact Ann Becker at

    • The goal of the National Science Foundation's ADVANCE program is to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers.
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Kentucky
    • AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
  • Association for Women in Mathematics
    • The purpose of the Association for Women in Mathematics is to encourage women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences.
  • Bluegrass Alliance for Women and Girls
    • Bluegrass Alliance for Women and Girls works to improve the lives of women and girls in the Bluegrass by creating opportunities that promote leadership, education, health and well-being, equity, and economic sufficiency.
  • HERS Higher Education Resource Services
    • HERS is an educational non-profit providing leadership and management development for women in higher education administration.
  • Institute for Women's Policy Research
    • The Institute for Women's Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialog, and strengthen families, communities, and societies.
  • Kentucky Commission on Women
    • The Kentucky Commission on Women is dedicated to elevating the status of women and girls in the Commonwealth, empowering them to overcome barriers to equity, and expanding opportunities to achieve their fullest potential.
  • Kentucky Federation of Business and Professional Women
    • The Kentucky Federation of Business and Professional Women is a state federation that promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information.
  • Kentucky Federation of Women's Clubs
    • The Kentucky Federation of Women's Clubs unites women of all ages and backgrounds to build better neighborhoods and improve their communities and themsleves through various service programs such as arts, home life, public issues, international issues, conservation, and education.
  • Kentucky Foundation for Women
    • The mission of the Kentucky Foundation for Women is to promote positive social change by supporting varied feminist expression in the arts.
  • Kentucky League of Women Voters
    • The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in the government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
  • Kentucky Network of Outdoor Women
    • The Kentucky Network of Outdoor Women is dedicated to providing opportunities for women to participate in outdoor activities and related educational events throughout the Commonwealth.
  • MentorNet
    • An online mentoring network for women in engineering and science.
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Lexington
    • The Lexington chapter of NAWBO strives to reflect the national mission which is to provide the following for its members: strengthen the wealth-building capacity of our members and promote economic development; create innovative and effective changes in the business culture; build strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations; and transform public policy and influence opinion makers.
  • National Council of Women's Organizations
    • The National Council of Women's Organizations is the leading coalition that makes fighting for women's rights more effective by working together.  Every day, NCWO highlights and promotes the diverse work of our more than 200 member organizations representing 12 million women through our list serve, briefings, conferences and policy work.
  • National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science 
    • IWITTS helps educators nationwide close the gender gap for women and girls in male-dominated careers, such as technology, the trades and law enforcement.
  • Professional Women's Forum
    • The Professional Women's Forum is a diverse group of people dedicated to the advancement of women at work.  The PWF encourages strong mutual support networks among members; mentoring opporutnities for women to share strengths, talents, and experience; fulfillment of members' leadership potential; career and personal development; and recognition of women's achievements and of organizations that foster the advancement of women at work.
  • Women Leading Kentucky
    • Women Leading Kentucky provides welcoming, professional environments that recognize and foster education, mentoring and networking.