Women in Lymphoma (WiL) is a global collaborative alliance of approximately 1,000 lymphoma clinicians, researchers and educators from 60+ countries. The alliance's core mission is to advocate for leadership for women in lymphoma. WiL is led by a Steering Committee of 22 women from nine countries.
Women in Lymphoma is very grateful for the enabling support of Lymphoma Australia www.lymphoma.org.au Lymphoma Australia is the only not-for-profit charity in Australia dedicated to patients with lymphoma, the sixth most common cancer. With more than 100 different subtypes of Lymphoma, both diagnosis and treatment options can be confusing. Lymphoma Australia - in conjunction with their medical advisory board - helps patients and their families to understand their diagnosis and treatment options, by providing information packs to patients and hospitals and hosting education days and webinars to help people better understand Lymphoma.
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 socialised 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 right now to move yourself or a colleague forward? Together we will go far!
Where there's a WiL, there's a way.
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Co-Chair - Carla Casulo - USA
Co-Chair - Florence Broussais - France
Immed. Past Chair - Ann LaCasce - USA
Secretary - Paola Ghione - USA
Kate Cwynarski - UK
Eliza Hawkes - Australia
Kim Linton - UK
Carolina Mahaud - Argentina
Wendy Osborne - UK
Astrid Pavlovsky - Argentina
Michelle Poon - Singapore
Clémentine Sarkozy - France
Laurie Sehn - Canada
Sonali Smith - USA
Anna Sureda - Spain
Judith Trotman - Australia
* Additional Steering Committee members
TBC in January 2024
The WiL Change Champions Committee (CCC) comprises a number of female WiL Steering Committee (SC) members and invited international male lymphoma leaders with a demonstrated commitment to gender equality. The CCC supports the WiL SC in initiatives to overcome the gender gap and improve gender diversity in the global lymphoma community to advance innovation, international collaboration and ultimately the quality of research and patient care.
The Change Champions committee upholds WiL’s Vision, Mission and Expected Outcomes by encouraging mentoring, education, networking and engagement for and with women in lymphoma around the world as well as information sharing via newsletters, webinars and WiL’s website.
The Change Champions Committee will strive to support WiL to significantly improve proportionate representation of women across all levels of lymphoma practice, research and education.
WiL CHANGE CHAMPIONS COMMITTEE
A/Prof Carla Casulo (USA)
Dr Kate Cwynarski (PhD, UK)
Dr Andrew Davies (UK)
Prof Jude Fitzgibbon (UK) Co-Chair Elect to Dec 2022 > Co-Chair Jan 2023 – Dec 2024
Dr Christopher R. Flowers (USA)
Dr Gareth Gregory (Australia)
A/Prof Eliza Hawkes (Australia) Co-Chair to Jan 2024
A/Prof Ann LaCasce (USA)
Dr Gilles Salles (USA)
Dr Christian Steidl (Canada)
Prof Judith Trotman (Australia)
Dr David M. Weinstock (USA) Co-Chair to Jan 2023
The WiL Change Champions Committee created a PANEL PLEDGE to encourage individuals to make their personal commitment to gender balance and inclusion in panels and presentations. The terms of the pledge are below.
Please download the Panel Commitment PDF document below, then sign, date and email to firstname.lastname@example.org thank you. Alternatively, please send us an email and request a copy of this Panel Pledge.
Please share this pledge and also confirm if you are happy for us to add you to our public list of Change Champions. Thank you.