Francis Collins pledged to decline to speak at conferences that do not include enough women in prominent speaking roles.
"The National Institutes of Health is committed to changing the culture and climate of biomedical research to create an inclusive and diverse workforce. The recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequence in Academic Science, Engineering, and Medicine,” identified the critical role that scientific leaders must play to combat cultural forces that tolerate gender harassment and limit the advancement of women. These concerns also are highly relevant to other groups underrepresented in science. It is not enough to give lip service to equality; leaders must demonstrate their commitment through their actions."
Many scientists praised this statement and commitment to real action. Now, we need to get inviting women, and removing barriers to their travel.
Read Director Collins' s full statement here https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/statements/time-end-manel-tradition
and find the New York Times article here https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/12/health/collins-male-science-panels.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&fbclid=IwAR0im0aaSGSHd-mJo6XRIkcJq5ve0lcCi4sXv9DzSNiR4rXSFICkfEYLX6U
Association for Women in Science CEO Sandra W. Robert, CAE statement applauding NIH Director call for diverse panels: https://www.awis.org/nih-director-diverse-panels-no-manels/?fbclid=IwAR1z_fxLuALY72_BAHXOZ-dfE3U7wjuG53eHE5nlVm5GIcJGYKH2OGSoYVM