About the Center
We work with Evidence, for Equity.
MCW’s Center for the Advancement of Women in Science and Medicine is built on the collective work of women and men over the past thirty years. Notably, women founded the Women’s Faculty Council (now the Council for Women’s Advocacy) in the early 1990s with a mission to identify and examine issues pertinent to women faculty members and to recommend measures that support and enhance their professional development. Their work has resulted in development of institutional policy on full professional effort, salary equity report, back-up care benefits, grants to examine gender in promotion and retention, and the creation of an Associate Dean for Women’s Leadership in 2013.
We began our discovery phase in the fall of 2016 to solidify the Center’s vision, mission and strategic plan in collaboration with MCW’s strategic goals. Our discovery phase took on a new approach to achieve gender equity. MCW’s Center for the Advancement of Women in Science and Medicine launched in October 2018. Our vision is that MCW will be a destination for women leaders, cultivating an inclusive and vibrant culture that supports all genders to grow and thrive in the health sciences. Our mission to advance the careers of women at MCW through data-informed strategic projects that enhance opportunity and improve workplace climate.
We hope to be part of building a future where women professors are too numerous to count!
Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, executive vice president and dean of the Medical School
AWSM at MCW
Women’s leadership at MCW matters. In 2017, we recognized more than 70 full professor level female faculty in a pinning ceremony held at MCW.
We promote publications on women at work, as well as our own research on women seeking promotions and leadership.
Women at Work and Leadership
- A Seat at the Head of the Table: Why Aren't Women Advancing More?
- Feminism is for everybody
- Male doctors said my ‘female’ cancer was incurable. Then a woman took command and gave me hope
- Powerful Women Talk About Power
- The changing career trajectories of new parents in STEM
- What’s Holding Women in Medicine Back from Leadership
- Why more women don’t win science Nobels
- Why Women Volunteer for Tasks That Don’t Lead to Promotions
- Women More Likely to Survive Heart Attacks If Treated by Female Doctors
- Women scientists get less federal funding than men
Men as Allies Toolkit
- 07 Steps to Conscious Inclusion: A Practical Guide to Accelerating More Women Into Leadership (PDF)
- 7 Tips for Men Who Want to Support Equality
- A Grand Gender Convergence: Its Last Chapter (PDF)
- All-in: How our Work-First Culture Fails Families and Businesses (Video)
- Josh Levs speaks at the U.N. on gender equality and All-in (Video)
- Comic Perfectly Explains the Mental Load Working Mothers Bear
- Fatherhood Makes Men Better – at Work and at Home
- Flexibility of the father’s brain
- How Men Can Become Better Allies to Women
- How to Be a Feminist Dad
- How to Support Your Partner as a True Equal
- Men, commit to mentor women
- Neural Plasticity in Fathers of Human Infants
- The neurobiology of human allomaternal care; implications for fathering, coparenting, and children's social development
- The truth about the gender wage gap
- White Men: Time to Discover Your Cultural Blind Spots (Video)
- Women, We Have A Problem: Why It’s Time For Employers To Get Talking (PDF)
#MeToo and Harassment at Work
- A Major Scientific Society Says Harassment Derails Women’s Careers. Critics Say the Group Hasn’t Done Enough
- It Is Time for Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment in Academic Medicine
- Only 1 in 4 women who have been sexually harassed tell their employers. Here’s why they’re afraid
- Pregnancy Discrimination Is Rampant Inside America’s Biggest Companies
- Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace (PDF)
- Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Experiences of Academic Medical Faculty
- Sexual Harassment of Women
- Time's Up for Medicine? Only Time Will Tell
- Training Programs and Reporting Systems Won’t End Sexual Harassment. Promoting More Women Will
- Why black women’s experiences of #MeToo are different
We offer programming, fellowship, training and award opportunities for women in Academic Medicine.
The (ELAM) Program is the only in-depth national program dedicated to preparing senior women faculty at schools of medicine, dentistry, and public health to effect sustained positive change as institutional leaders.
Rising Pioneer Award
The Rising Pioneer Award is given annually to honor a Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) female, non-binary or genderqueer faculty member who is in the rising stage of their research trajectory.
Woman Pioneer in Research Award
The Woman Pioneer in Research Award is given annually to honor and recognize an established Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) female, non-binary or genderqueer faculty member for outstanding, internationally recognized basic science, translational, clinical, educational, or community research.
We encourage you to learn more about women’s leadership groups at MCW.
Honoring Women in Leadership at MCW
An annual pinning ceremony recognizing full professor level female faculty