Action Alert | NIH Director Francis Collins Takes a Stand: ‘it is time to end the tradition in science of all-male speaking panels’

What a big win for gender parity! Last week, Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dr. Francis Collins made an online statement that it is time to break the tradition of all-male panels at scientific conferences, and he is going to do his part by declining to speak at conferences if “attention to inclusiveness is not evident in the agenda”.

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Tell Dr. Collins how much we appreciate his support of women’s voices.

This is a historic step toward equality in science and we are asking the GenderAvenger community — that’s YOU — to help us thank Dr. Collins. Download this graphic, tag the NIH on Twitter (@NIH) and Facebook (, and shout it from the social media rooftops.

Thank you to @NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins for driving the movement to end #manels in science and taking a giant historic step toward equality. #NIH #allmalepanels #GenderAvenger