Arlyne Johnson, wildlife conservationist working in Latin America and Asia.The Society of Woman Geographers 

SWG's Mission

The Society of Woman Geographers is a global community created to foster meaningful and inclusive connections, share knowledge, encourage research and exploration, and provide mentorship and support for a diverse network of bold, woman-identifying researchers, scientists, explorers, and change-makers.

Our Vision

The Society of Woman Geographers supports the limitless potential and curiosity of woman-identifying scientists, artists, explorers, and advocates as they work to create positive impacts in the stewardship, study, and exploration of human culture and the natural world.

Our Definition of Geography

The Society of Woman Geographers seeks to contribute to a more inclusive and intentional geographic field, and defines geography as follows:

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it. They also examine how human culture interacts with the natural environment, and the way that locations and places can have an impact on people. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time.

More can be learned about the history of the field here:

Our Statement on Racial Injustice 

The Society of Woman Geographers is dedicated to its core values of promoting diversity, accessibility and inclusion through geography to make the world a better place for all. At this extraordinary time of collective focus on social injustice and racial inequality, SWG stands together with our richly diverse global community. Regardless of where it is happening, racism and social injustice against persons of color must end. SWG recommits itself to stand in solidarity with others, and to work tirelessly to help build a more just, equitable and inclusive world. An act of racism or injustice against one person, is an attack on us all.


Membership is by election only

Rebecca Lee, documenting the effects of climate change.We have approximately 500 members across the U.S. and in 28 foreign countries, who include anthropologists, journalists, archaeologists, oceanographers, diplomats, explorers and many other professions. Regular meetings and field trips related to members' work are held by groups located in Chicago, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, South Florida and Washington, DC. In addition we have At-Large members living in 36 states and Corresponding members living in 32 countries. Our Headquarters is located in an historic townhouse four blocks from the Capitol in Washington, DC. Our Museum is closed at this time.

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