WINGS Worldquest recognizes and supports extraordinary women in science and exploration.
There is a gender gap in the fields of science and exploration. Women make up almost half of the total workforce but only 24% of STEM jobs, where they earn 86 cents for every dollar made by men in the same profession. Women also lag far behind men in STEM leadership positions.
WINGS WorldQuest aims to address this disparity by cultivating talented women scientists and explorers and offering a platform for their discoveries and networking. In the belief that their full inclusion promotes greater excellence and innovation across STEM professions, we utilize a three-pronged approach to help break down barriers:
HOW WE WORK
Through the Fellows and Flag Carrier programs, WINGS creates community and showcases the groundbreaking work of women scientists and explorers, whose discoveries advance scientific inquiry, stimulate conservation, and lead to better understanding of our world.
WINGS’ outreach programs provide a platform for women scientists and explorers to share their work and inspire the next generation of intrepid explorers and global problem-solvers.
The WINGS network supports women scientists with unrestricted funding that is often critical and has been used for expeditions, field and office equipment, legal support, lab start-up capital and publishing. WINGS also has a unique Emergency Fund that addresses the ongoing threats women scientists and explorers face as they do their job.
Your donation supports extraordinary women scientists who are exploring our oceans, lands, and outer space; conserving endangered wildlife; researching and finding solutions to climate change; and sharing the knowledge they gain through the WINGS platform.
“WINGS Fellows have the opportunity to inspire other women to challenge boundaries of discovery regarding the oceans, outer space and all that is between. Importantly, this Fellowship has the ability, through example, to support women from parts of the world where accomplishments by females are rarely celebrated.”
DR. JULIANA MACHADO FERREIRA
2016 COURAGE AWARD
“WINGS and the Courage Award was the best incentive when I needed it the most. It was what paid my bills so I could keep working. It allowed me to attend meetings, work-related events and trips. It freed my hands and gave me peace of mind for some months to continue to do what I do.”
DR. KRITHI KARANTH
2019 CONSERVATION AWARD
“What an award like the WINGS [Fellow] award does is, by giving you unrestricted funding, throwing you a lifeline for times when things won’t be as good - is priceless.”