SWE sucks, that's a fact. Its upper branches are a disorganized mess, its website looks like it was done in a high school english class, it takes 2 months to process new members and I never did get their damn magazine. We decided as a group not to go to the SWE conference because the last one was so stupid and useless. SWE has lost its sense of mission. Its mission should be one for activism, for watching out for its members, recruiting, publicizing citations, etc. I don't really know what they do though. It's sad. Big national organization, no purpose.
I'd write a CHYX article about it but I hate mentioning SWE like we care about them or something.
My other amazement about all this, I suppose, is the lack of enthusiasm by everyone. I mean, I'd say there are at least 30 female tech majors, and we did all we could (hung up signs, handed out flyers, posted to the website) to get them to come. They didn't. Why? Are they not activists? Do they not see a cause here, any reason for women to band together and support one another? Are they too busy to be involved? SWE has been important to me for three years here now, and if anyone I guess I'm angry at the underclassmen for letting it die. Kids these days, huh?