Leadership

NIH Director

Dr. Francis S. Collins
NIH Director

ORWH Director

Dr. Janine Austin Clayton
Director, Office of Research on Women's Health

About Women in Biomedical Careers

The Women in Science website is one of the many achievements of the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers (WgWBC) whose goal is to consider barriers for women in science and develop innovative strategies to promote the entry, recruitment, retention, and sustained advancement of women in biomedical and research careers. Celebrating the successes of women in science can serve as an inspiration to both women and men. The women’s profiles that are featured on this website highlight their contributions to research, what they learned along the way, and advice they have for other women in science. You will also find information, tools, and resources that support and promote the entry, recruitment, retention, and sustained advancement of women in biomedical research careers.

The WgWBC is a trans-NIH effort created in 2007 in response to a National Academies report, Beyond Bias and Barriers: Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering. The WgWBC is co-chaired by the NIH Director, Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and the ORWH Director, Janine Austin Clayton, M.D. This working group comprises senior staff from across NIH, including NIH deputy directors, staff from the Office of the Director (OD), Institute and Center (IC) directors, scientific directors, and other representatives of the intramural and extramural research communities.

The WgWBC has sponsored national workshops, such as the Causal Factors and Interventions WorkshopWomen in Biomedical Research: Best Practices for Sustaining Career Success and the National Leadership Workshop on Mentoring Women in Biomedical Careers and other programs.

Its mandate is:

  • To maximize the potential of women scientists and engineers
  • To consider how programs and policies it has created give attention to the NIH intramural communities and the concerns of intramural women
  • To consider the broader context of girls and women in science
  • To provide special attention to issues of barriers, minority women scientists, and mentoring

Working Group Committees

There are currently three active working group committees, each tasked with addressing a set of goals.

  • Committee on Advancing Women in Independent Positions
  • Committee on Women of Color in Biomedical Careers
  • Committee on the NIH Intramural Research Program

More information on the Working Group Committees can be found here (PDF Document page, 2 page).

“Through the Working Group’s efforts, the NIH is striving to determine solutions that will shrink and eventually close the gender gap in sciences and engineering. ... That is why this publication, Women in Science at the National Institutes of Health, 2007–2008, which highlights successful women at the NIH, can serve as an inspiration to both women and men.”

—Elias Zerhouni, Foreword, Women in Science at the National Institutes of Health, 2007–2008

 

Page last updated on March 15, 2021

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