Many members of the Society feel this purpose is unique to our organization. Nearly everyone who has worked outside her chapter can tell a story about meeting a member from another city, state organization or country and immediately feeling a kinship that is difficult to describe which in many cases turns into a life-long friendship.
We consider active membership the most visible way we can honor outstanding women educators. Chapters, state organizations and the international organization also find ways to honor members and non-members who exhibit excellence. Achievement and service awards along with other recognitions are given regularly with the goal of raising external and internal pride in the profession.
Members have always been supported as they seek advanced education and push for equal rights and professional benefits, including opportunities for supervisory and administrative positions. Today, through networking, assistance with advanced degrees, certification and professional development, we continue to help each member be the best she can be and open doors for other women educators around the globe.
The Society does not support political candidates or parties-the US, Canadian, Latin American and European Forums highlight and support educational policy and community efforts. However, the US Forum supports a National Legislative Seminar in Washington, DC, and Canadian and Latin American Forums support projects that bring community leaders together to discuss educational issues. The European Forum presents academic papers, panel discussions and other presentations, which educate members about common educational, environmental and social issues.
Each fiscal year the Society gives over $3,000,000 in grants and 14 scholarships; clearly, we are a major player in the philanthropic world. The World Fellowship program awards grants to women educators from around the world to pursue advanced degrees in the United States and Canada.
The Society offers members outstanding leadership training and encourages members to step out of their comfort zones to accept leadership opportunities. The International Society offers a two-week Leadership Management Seminar at a graduate business school at a large university. Many state organizations offer leadership training opportunities.
Chapters offer programs of quality that inform and/or lead to action by members. Regional conferences and international conventions provide multiple workshops to advance members understanding of world issues.