We have expanded 500 Women Scientists into the domain of medicine with the satellite group 500 Women in Medicine, established by five women medical students. Women play a critical role in medicine and for medicine to truly serve the people, it must be inclusive and reflect the true diversity in our society.

Women continue to be underrepresented in medical sciences, especially in positions of leadership. Within the field of nursing, a gender pay gap persists between male and female nurses and women fewer nurses reach top leadership positions. In the academic setting, >40% of medical school matriculants are women, but only 22% of full professors, and 16% of deans and department chairs in U.S. medical schools are women. Though the number of talented women in medicine is not lacking, promotion and advancement of women in medicine continues to lag behind.

You can’t be what you can’t see.
— Marian Wright Edelman

In order for women in medicine to achieve equity in healthcare and medicine , they must be visible as experts . 500 Women in Medicine goals is to increase the representation and visibility of women in medicine.