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Women in Science and Healthcare (WiSH)

Symposium & Seminar Series: Celebrating Dr. Rosalind Franklin's Legacy by Addressing Gender Disparities in Science and Healthcare

WiSH has two missions:

  1. To highlight the accomplishments of female scientists and clinicians.
  2. To interrogate the causes of and solutions for persistent hurdles to women’s advancement in STEM.

The Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) Women in Science and Healthcare (WiSH) Annual Symposium was launched in 2016 to honor our namesake, an international icon for women in science. Rosalind Franklin’s unparalleled X-ray crystallography captured proof of the double-helical structure of DNA, launching an ongoing revolution in medical genetics. RFUMS is the only U.S. health sciences university named for a woman, honoring the Dr. Franklin’s brilliance and perseverance in the face of gender discrimination that continues today in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and healthcare professions.

Across healthcare and biomedical research, women comprise a sizable majority of the workforce but a small minority of senior leaders. The WiSH Symposium and Speaker Series confront these disparities, examine their causes, and explore ways to overcome them through lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and student engagement.



September 23, 2021 - 4 p.m., 6th Annual WiSH Symposium: Intersectionality Under the Microscope

Keynote Speaker & Panelist: Jioni A. Lewis, PhD, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology, University of Maryland. "Applying Intersectionality to Center Black Women in Health Equity"


October 13, 2021 - Noon, WiSH Seminar Series

Speaker: Eve Marder, PhD, Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience/Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham MA. "When to Stay and When to Go"



The Annual Symposium

Each year we explore a different aspect of the problem, symbolized by the iconic photo of Dr. Franklin and “Under the Microscope” title.


Seminar Series

In 2020-21, we marked the centennial of Dr. Franklin’s birth with a seminar series showcasing how “her-story” has poignantly influenced women in STEM.

To go deeper into the theme of each symposium, a seminar series is being launched to continue the conversation through the academic year.