Resources for Women at IUSM

Indiana University Resources

Indiana University Office for Women’s Affairs
The mission of the Office for Women’s Affairs is to promote and further gender equity and personal security on the Indiana University Campus, by: striving to improve gender equity in the sciences, technology, and mathematics programs; identifying issues affecting women and the achievement of equity of opportunity in other areas; resolving grievances and complaints concerning disparate treatment, harassment, or threats to personal safety; providing education on sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other aspects of personal safety; advocating for women with concerns about salary, promotion, and tenure; taking steps to promote family-friendly policies for staff, faculty, and students.

IUPUI Office for Women
The IUSM Women’s Advisory Council and Office for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development work hand in hand with the IUPUI Office for Women. The IUPUI Office for Women envisions an energized community of faculty, staff, and students pursuing opportunities for full participation, shared influence, and equity among women and men in all aspects of the work and learning environments at IUPUI. The office promotes an inclusive environment that benefits women and men by collaboratively and proactively: a) Addressing the diverse needs and interests of IUPUI women faculty, staff and students; b) Empowering women to attain their full potential; c) Building open and welcoming work and learning environments; and d) Promoting a safe and supportive climate free from harassment, discrimination and privilege based on gender.

IUSM Center of Excellence in Women’s Health
The mission of the CoE is to provide a coordinated, unified framework in which to administer state-of-the-art clinical care for women, teach health care providers and lay people about women’s health issues, create new programs to deliver information about preventive medicine to women and their families throughout the State of Indiana, learn from women how to provide them with better and more user-friendly health care, develop a research agenda linking basic science with clinical care, and foster the development of careers of women in academic health centers.

Women in Medicine and Science OFAPD Final Report

National/International Resources Regarding Women in Medicine and Science

(AAMC) Association of American Medical Colleges Women in Medicine Program
The AAMC’s Women in Medicine program assists dean’s offices, Women Liaison Officers, and individual faculty members in addressing gender-related inequities and improving the pathways for women to contribute fully to academic medicine. Numerous helpful documents, professional development opportunities, and informative benchmarking reports are available from this website. A few are detailed here:

American Medical Association Women Physician’s Congress
The mission of the AMA WPC is to: a) Increase the number, voice, and influence of women physicians; b) Provide a forum for women in medicine mentoring and leadership development, c) Advance advocacy and understanding of women’s health issues, d) Enhance professional options for balancing family/career responsibilities, and e) Work through the WPC State and Specialty Society Liaisons to accomplish our goals.

American Medical Women’s Association
The American Medical Women’s Association is an organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women’s health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring, and strategic alliances. AMWA was founded by Dr. Bertha VanHoosen in 1915, at a time when women physicians were an under-represented minority. AMWA has been addressing these issues for 90 years.

Association for Women in Science
The vision of the AWIS is for a day when women will participate fully in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as manifested through equal opportunity, pay equity, and recognition commensurate with their accomplishments. AWIS is a national advocacy organization championing the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors. By breaking down barriers and creating opportunities, AWIS strives to ensure that women in these fields can achieve their full potential.

Changing the Face of Medicine
This is an online exhibit by the National Library of Medicine honoring the lives and accomplishments of America’s women physicians in the hope of inspiring a new generation of medical pioneers. Discover the many ways that women have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine. The individuals featured here provide an intriguing glimpse of the broader community of women doctors who are making a difference.

Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM Program)
The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women offers extensive educational, career, and networking opportunities for senior women faculty in medicine and dentistry who aspire to significant positions of leadership within their academic health centers. Candidates must be at associate professor rank or higher and have significant administrative responsibilities within their institution, with a strong potential for advancement. In addition to nomination from the Dean, candidates must submit recommendations from their direct supervisor and one other senior colleague. ELAM’s year-long program begins in April with acceptance into the program. Participants work on assignments over the summer and then attend three weeklong, residency sessions in the fall, winter, spring. The ELAM curriculum mixes traditional business management subjects with topics pertinent to Academic Health Center (AHC) management and group and individual assignments aimed at enhancing personal and professional leadership. The final (spring) session concludes with a 1 ½ -day Forum on Emerging Issues when Fellows, their Deans and invited guests explore with top experts a new approach or methodology pertinent to AHC leadership.


Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine
The mission of the Foundation is to promote and preserve the history of women in medicine and the medical sciences nationally and internationally

An online community for women physicians, residents, medical students, and premed students. Founded in 1999, MomMD is a professional and social networking site for women, including information on job listings, resources, educational forums, career advice, etc.

National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine (C-Change Project)
The National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine, (also known as C – Change for cultural change), addresses the imperative of developing women and under-represented minority faculty members’ full potential and leadership in academic medicine in the United States. The project engages five medical schools in action research to analyze the current situation and to facilitate culture change so that all faculty can contribute fully.

National Research Council, Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine
The Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine (CWSEM) was established in 1990 as a standing committee of the National Research Council (NRC). CWSEM’s mandate is to coordinate, monitor, and advocate action to increase the participation of women in science and engineering. The committee collects and disseminates information on the education and employment of women scientists and engineers, and recommends ways to enhance women’s advancement. CWSEM activities include an agenda of study projects; disseminating data on the Internet and at professional meetings; serving as an information resource for the national media; and as a liaison to other national organizations. Since its inception, CWSEM has published several reports and convened national conferences on women in science and engineering academic programs; women scientists and engineers in industry; and minority women in science, engineering, and the healthcare professions.

NSF Advance Institutional Transformation Grants Portal
The NSF Advance grants were designed to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. This portal site links the activities of Advance Institutional Transformation Grant recipients; here you can read what other institutions are doing to advance women’s careers in science and engineering.

RAISE Project
The RAISE project is designed to increase the status of professional women through enhanced “Recognition of the Achievements of Women In Science, Medicine, and Engineering.” Current programs of The RAISE Project include a national awards clearinghouse with a web-based list of national awards, a web-based list of women candidates, and preparation of nominations of outstanding women for selected national awards. Nomination of qualified women candidates is facilitated through systematic analysis of our data banks of awards and potential awardees. Attention is focused on identifying women at stages of their professional development where outside recognition is likely to have a substantial career enhancing effect.


Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine
The Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine is committed to the advancement and promotion of women to executive positions in academic health professions through programs that enhance professional development and provide networking and mentoring opportunities. The Society supports programs designed for individuals interested in careers in academic medicine and dentistry and promotes collaboration and networking among its members and other organizations that share common goals.

Women in Biomedical Careers, National Institute of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
The NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers was created to respond to the challenges issued to government funding agencies to maximize the potential of women scientists and engineers. The Working Group will be developing innovative strategies and tangible actions that can be implemented to promote the advancement of women in research careers both within the NIH intramural community and throughout the extramural research community.

Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI)
The mission of the Women In Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) at UW-Madison is is to address a number of impediments to women’s academic advancement. WISELI brings the issues of women scientists and engineers from obscurity to visibility. It provides an effective means of networking women faculty across departments, decreasing isolation, advocating for and mentoring women faculty, and linking women postdoctoral fellows in predominantly male environments with a variety of women faculty. The long-term goal of WISELI is to have the gender of the faculty, chairs, and deans reflect the gender of the student body.


National/International Resources for Women in Academia, Business; and the Study of Gender Issues

American Association of University Women
Since 1881, the American Association of University Women has been the nation’s leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls. The AAUW mission is to avance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.

American Council on Education, Office of Women in Higher Education
Since 1973, the Office of Women in Higher Education (OWHE) of the American Council on Education has provided national leadership in the advancement of women into executive positions and campus presidencies. Their mission is to: identify women leaders; develop their leadership abilities; encourage the use of those abilities; advance women’s careers; link them to other women and mentors; and to support women in mid and executive level positions throughout their careers.

Catalyst is a leading research and advisory organization working with businesses and the professions to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women at work. Catalyst conducts research on all aspects of women’s career advancement and provides strategic and web-based consulting services globally.

Center for Gender in Organizations
The Center for Gender in Organizations analyzes how gender is embedded in an organization’s work practices and culture. Analyzing an organization through a gender lens creates opportunities to identify systems, practices, and norms that make it difficult for different groups of women (and often men) to be optimally effective. Their work with many organizations shows that performance is enhanced by gender equitable workplaces that enable both women and men to be productive contributors. This systemic linking of equity and effectiveness is their “dual agenda”.

Gender Equity Project
The Gender Equity Project, partially funded by an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award, has as its mission to promote equity and excellence at Hunter College. This website includes numerous helpful documents and reports regarding institutional change. Particularly powerful are the “Gender Equity Tutorials” that are accessible from this site.

Gender Gaps in NIH Applications

Institute for Women’s Policy Research
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women’s civic and political participation.


National Council for Research on Women
The National Council for Research on Women is a network of U.S. research, advocacy, and policy centers with a growing global reach. The Council harnesses the resources of its network to ensure fully informed debate, policies, and practices to build a more inclusive and equitable world for women and girls.

National Women’s Health Information Center
The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) was established in 1991 within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its vision is to ensure that all women and girls are healthier and have a better sense of well being. Its mission is to provide leadership to promote health equity for women and girls through sex/gender-specific approaches. The strategy OWH uses to achieve its mission and vision is through the development of innovative programs, by educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.

Society for Women’s Health Research
The mission of the Society for Women’s Health Research to improve the health of all women through research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1990, the Society brought to national attention the need for the appropriate inclusion of women in major medical research studies and the need for more information about conditions affecting women exclusively, disproportionately, or differently than men. The Society advocates increased funding for research on women’s health; encourages the study of sex differences that may affect the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease; promotes the inclusion of women in medical research studies; and informs women, providers, policy makers and media about contemporary women’s health issues.

United States Department of Labor Women’s Bureau
The mission of this office is to improve the status of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.