LWD – The League of Women Designers was a member-led professional forum that existed to elevate women in interdisciplinary design and benefit the larger design community. We did this by:

Increasing visibility of women in the design field through panel discussions, exhibitions, public lectures, and our online presence
Celebrating work created by women in the fields of design
Encouraging interdisciplinary design inspiration and collaboration
Cultivating a local community of female designers
Increasing national interconnection of female designers
Activating a design dialogue that educates and inspires the larger community
Educating the public about the fluidity of design practices and the specific contributions of women in design

LWD was a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization


LWD was open to all women practicing in the professional design field. This included but was not limited to:

Architecture, interior design, industrial design, graphic design, design education, fashion design, design/build, experience design, brand design, design fabrication, and art practitioners who feel their work or process connects with the design process.


LWD – pronounced [LAWD] – giving nod to the origin of the group name – League of Awesome Women Designers.

The League of Women Designers was established in Portland in 2009, conceived as a means of pooling the minds of creative individuals who happened to be women. Fueled by organic growth, the League of Women Designers gained a Chicago chapter in 2011.

After years of successful programming and community building we made the difficult decision to dissolve the League of Women Designers in 2022. We are so proud of all the designers we elevated and connected over 13 years!