Academic Women's Network


The Academic Women's Network (AWN) at Washington University School of Medicine promotes professional and social interactions among the female academic faculty with the intent to discover and support mutual goals and to assist and mentor female junior faculty and trainees in the pursuit of their goals.

Organized in 1990, the AWN:

  • Sponsors seminars by prominent women physicians and scientists addressing issues pertaining to career advancement and professional development
  • Sponsors annual day long symposia focusing on  Contemporary Women's Health Issues. 
  • Hosts receptions for new women faculty and two dinner meetings each year for members
  • Presents annual AWN Leadership Awards to women in the graduate classes of the M.D. and Ph.D. programs
  • Presents annual AWN Mentor Awards to a male or female faculty member, instructor or above, that has served as an outstanding mentor to a female W.U. faculty member or trainee
  • Publishes a directory of members and a quarterly newsletter, AWNings
  • Acts as  liaison between women faculty & administration

Over the years the AWN has:

  • Assisted in development of equitable maternity leave policy
  • Advocated for expansion of on-site child care facilities and continue to provide leadership in assuring quality care
  • Published the Family Resource Handbook
  • Participated in gender pay equity studies (1990, 2000)
  • Initiated the 1997 Faculty Climate Survey and successfully advocated for the establishment of the Office of Faculty Affairs
  • Advocated changes in part time benefits resulting in benefits now being proportional to percent employment

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