The mission of 500 women scientists is to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible

To achieve our mission we:

  1. Empower women to grow to their full potential in science;

  2. Increase scientific literacy through public engagement;

  3. Advocate for science and equality.


The vision of 500 women scientists is to be the foremost organization for the transformation of leadership, diversity, and public engagement in science

Our values are rooted in:

  • Recognizing that science touches the lives of every person on this planet;

  • Advocating for a strong role of science in society;

  • Identifying and acknowledging structural inequities and biases in science;

  • Pushing for equality and standing up to inequality, discrimination, and aggression;

  • Pushing to develop and strengthen access for traditionally underrepresented groups to fully participate in and become leaders in science;

  • Supporting the education and careers of all scientists;

  • Enhancing scientific mentorship and encouraging an atmosphere of collaboration;

  • Stepping outside of our research disciplines to communicate our science and engage with the public;

  • Using the language and wonder of science to bridge the divides that separate societies and to enhance global diplomacy.