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4 .
The
Women
&
Science
Initiative
at Rockefeller
Women
&
Science
(
W
&
S
) is leveraging change and creating
a culture of progress and opportunity for women at the
University by:
::
Establishing a community of women who embrace
science as a passion and a philanthropic interest
W
&
S
depends on the active involvement of volunteers
from many areas of endeavor. The program provides
opportunities for women scientists to build friendships
with supporters who share a commitment to the
advancement of women and science.
::
Educating women about science
W
&
S
programs focus on recent advances in biomedical
science, including those pertaining to women’s health.
::
Raising awareness about women in science and
developing strong advocates on their behalf
By enabling women to become acquainted with
Rockefeller’s investigators and their work,
W
&
S
enhances the understanding of the scientific contributions
of women at the University and in the larger scientific
community.
::
Supporting the advancement of women scientists
at Rockefeller
Each year,
W
&
S
participants contribute more than
$1 million through the initiative’s fundraising arm,
Partners in Discovery, promoting the recruitment of
women at both the tenure-track and tenured levels, and
providing broad-based support for women pursuing
careers in science.
Under the leadership of President Torsten Wiesel,
Rockefeller made an institutional commitment in the mid-
1990s to increase the number of women on its faculty
and to do all that it could to support women scientists,
at all levels, in their research careers. At the same time,
Rockefeller volunteers Lydia Forbes, Isabel Furlaud, Nancy
Kissinger, and Sydney Shuman spearheaded the
Women
&
Science
initiative as founding chairs and were instrumental
in its growth and success.
Since 1998, participants in Rockefeller’s
Women
&
Science
initiative have continued to play an important role in
fostering change for women scientists at the University.
They have provided encouragement, recognition, and
financial support to women investigators at all stages of
their professional lives.
Today the University’s faculty of 74 laboratory heads includes
a strong and growing cadre of women, seven with tenure and
three on a tenure track—a significant achievement.
Four of the Rockefeller trustees who have chaired
Women
&
Science
(from left):
Lulu Wang, Sydney Shuman, Pat Rosenwald, and Judy Berkowitz.