Our mission is to serve society by making science open, inclusive, and accessible.
500 Women Scientists will be the foremost organization for the transformation of leadership, diversity, and public engagement in science.
We are scientists and we believe that evidence, not ideology, should inform healthcare decisions. The wave of anti-abortion laws across the United States are the latest in a long string of attempts to remove autonomy, falsely using science to justify denying people's constitutional rights and inflicting lasting damage.
The efforts to ban access to abortion affects all people who can get pregnant. Remember: not all women can get pregnant and not all people who get pregnant are women. Attempts to limit access to legal and safe abortion are in violation of human rights and force illegal abortions, which threaten lives and health. It is important to know that today, abortion is not illegal in any U.S. state. But the lawmakers in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio and more U.S. are trying hard to change that, starting in individual states, but threatening to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
A couple of months ago, I was in the middle of a discussion regarding what was considered the “best” specialties for women physicians. Many of the people involved in this discussion weren’t physicians, but some were. And while the discussion was mostly dominated by men in the group, some women were also present. Suffice it to say that I was shocked by the opinions voiced by this group, including that of some of the women present. Some believed that there were specialties “meant” for women, while others were specifically designed for our male colleagues.
May is mental health awareness month. Yet, open discussion of mental health continues to be a social taboo, is seldom discussed in popular media, and is rarely made a priority. This take action Tuesday calls on us all to do a few small things to broaden access to mental health services and increase mental health awareness.
The weekly-wrap is a time to reflect on our successes but we don’t want to ignore the challenges and set-backs. In Georgia, women’s rights are being challenged. In Colorado, there was another school shooting. We reject the idea that we have to continue to repeat history, but we see our work is not close to being finished. Thank you to every one of you who is putting the work in day after day to enact real change to our society. You are appreciated.
Last week the Court of Arbitration for Sport decided to prevent Caster Semenya (NYT) and other women from competing in world sport competitions because of their innate high testosterone levels may constitute an unfair advantage. This is not only unfair (lets face it, no one prevented Michael Phelps from competing) but also an opportunity to educate ourselves that narrow definitions of womanhood are misogynistic, racist, transphobic and are NOT based in science. We must:
Hi Friends. I have taken the last few weeks away from writing the wrap-up because I was overly busy and stressed, but I am so glad to be back!
We are excited to share our newest blog addition “Spotlight on Women in Medicine”. Look for new posts on Wednesdays. This week we hear from Dr. Evi Abada of our 500WS leadership team. She talks about how the time is right for gender parity in healthcare.