Women Lead Initiative

Celebrating and fostering women’s achievements in design.

Women today outnumber men in AIGA’s membership—as in design schools and disciplines—yet leadership, representation, and parity remain a challenge.

The AIGA Women Lead Initiative (WLI) is committed to empowering women in design and advancing the vital discourse on issues facing professional women today without generalizing or segregating women designers. Instead, we aim to address persistent biases and inequities inclusively and constructively through programming around three goals:

  • Celebrate the achievements of women in design.
  • Cultivate awareness of gender-related issues, while building knowledge and leadership skills.
  • Connect by facilitating relationships within and beyond the design industry.

Get involved

Gender Equity Toolkit

Gender Equity Toolkit close-up hands using kitThe Gender Equity Toolkit is a great set of resources including videos and a downloadable DIY activity set you can use to battle one of the leading causes of disparate access to leadership positions in the design field: implicit gender bias. As an AIGA member, you have exclusive access to download the kit for free.

Design Leader interview series

Last year, AIGA Women Lead launched its first interview series to ask design leaders at studios, agencies, and companies who have demonstrated a commitment to gender equity to share their unique Women Lead stories.

Su Mathews Hale Women Lead Award

The Su Mathews Hale Women Lead Award helps support talented, high potential female designers starting out in their careers. Learn more about this annual award and how you can make a contribution.

More ways to connect

To get involved and support the Women Lead campaign, contact AIGA Strategic Initiatives.

IBM logoIBM is proud to support AIGA Women Lead in 2017.

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