Women in Lymphoma is an alliance of 180+ lymphoma doctors, researchers and educators from around the world including USA, Canada, South America, United Kingdom, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and beyond. The group's focus is to advocate for leadership for women in lymphoma. For membership enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Women in medicine often struggle with being overlooked for opportunities and positions, beat out by male colleagues. Part of the problem is gender bias (overt or unconscious) on the part of leaders, but in addition, women are socialized from an early age to behave in ways that make them less likely to seek advancement.
What can we do about this? In the book titled, “Between Grit and Grace”, author Sasha Shillcutt, MD discusses the “silent pick me” syndrome. “As women, we often stay in the safe place of waiting to be picked, wishing for permission to step forward.” Data suggest that men tend to put themselves forward for career advancing opportunities more often than women, even when less qualified.
Here are two challenges: 1) junior and mid-career women: Put your hands up! Believe in yourself, stretch yourself with new opportunities and 2) Mid- and late-career women: sponsor junior colleagues, and encourage male sponsors to do likewise! Recommend women to society committees, positions within your institution, collaborations, etc.
What can you do this week to move yourself or a colleague forward? Together we will go far! Where there's a WiL, there's a way.
Women in Lymphoma is very grateful for the enabling support of Snowdome Foundation www.snowdome.org.au Snowdome Foundation collaborates with world-leading Australian and International blood cancer researchers to accelerate new therapies and bring next-generation treatments to Australian blood cancer patients faster. Snowdome is the only Australian not-for-profit organisation exclusively focused on raising funds to support translational research into blood cancers: myeloma, lymphoma and leukaemia, research that takes basic scientific findings to create new treatments. The Snowdome Foundation is dedicated to all who’ve suffered blood cancers, those who’ve survived, those living with and those who have lost the cruellest of battles.
Prof. Judith Trotman - Australia - Chair
A/Prof. Ann LaCasce - USA - Chair Elect
Dr Carla Casulo - USA - Secretary
Dr Florence Broussais - France
Dr Kate Cwynarski - UK
A/Prof Eliza Hawkes - Australia
Dr Kim Linton - UK
Dr Monique Minnema - Netherlands
Dr Loretta Nastoupil - USA
Dr Wendy Osborne - UK
Dr Astrid Pavlovsky - Argentina
Dr Michelle Poon - Singapore
Prof. Laurie Sehn - Canada
Prof. Sonali Smith - USA
A/Prof. Carrie Thompson - USA
Dr Julie Vose - USA