Science is stronger with the expertise and input of diverse voices, including women. Women have been an increasing force within the field, more than doubling over the past 20 years – 21 percent of SfN members were women in 1982 compared to 43 percent in 2011, according to membership surveys.
SfN is committed to the continued advancement of women in neuroscience. The Society provides opportunities to highlight the scientific excellence of women neuroscientists, address the challenges women may confront in academic and other professional settings, educate about and overcome gender-bias, and advance training opportunities for women.
Activities include opportunities for women scientists to earn annual travel awards to SfN’s annual meeting, participate in mentor/mentee partnering, and participate in career development programs.
A one-day seminar on unconscious bias, co-sponsored by the AAMC and Cook Ross, Inc., will be presented at the AAMC in Washington, DC, on February 26. Geared toward deans, faculty, and executives at academic health centers, the program, led by Howard Ross, will focus on unconscious bias, or "blind spots" in the health professions.