Career Development & Advocacy

Women and Entrepreneurship

WCC continues to be an active part of the grassroots ACS coalition, the Chemical Entrepreneurship Council. Our goal is to help women chemists gain the skills necessary to translate their innovative research to tangible products and services.

Non-tenure Track Faculty White Paper

This report outlines employment trends and the issues that face non-tenure track faculty, as well as the departments in which they work. WCC, along with the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs and the Committee on Education, has formed a task force on non-tenure-track faculty.







Site Visits


In 2002, the American Chemical Society provided seed funding and launched a pilot project aimed at facilitating the full participation and advancement of women scientists and engineers in the chemical sciences. The overall project is called PROGRESS, and it consists of seven independent but interconnected programs:

  • Corporate Recognition
  • Web-based Resource Center
  • Be Visible: funding seminar speakers
  • ACS Course on Business and Leadership Skills for Women in the Chemical Workforce
  • Thriving in the Workplace Roadshows
  • GROW: Grants for Renewal Opportunities for Women
  • Academic Awareness/Site Visits
Read ACS PROGRESS Final Report

Published Books

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Successful Women in Chemistry: Corporate America’s Contribution to Science

This book is an inspirational reading for anyone interested in achieving success in chemistry or any technical field. Insightful opening remarks by ACS Executive Director Madeleine Jacobs underscore the book’s timeliness for today’s readers.

ACS Publication Info

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Mom the Chemistry Professor

The goal of this project was to publish an ACS-WCC-approved book containing accounts from a diverse group of mothers who are chemistry professors in order to inform and inspire all women considering an academic career and motherhood. In this second edition, which is a project of the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS), 40 inspirational personal accounts describe the challenges and rewards of combining motherhood with an academic career in chemistry. The authors are all women at different stages of their career and from a range of institution types, in both tenure and non-tenure track positions. The authors include women from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, who became mothers at different stages of their career, and who have a variety of family structures.