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AWIS the first 40 years

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  • AWIS founded

    AWIS founded
    At the annual meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), as the Association of Women in Science, a chapter-based organization that is today the largest multidisciplinary organization focused on women across all employment sectors and all disciplines.
  • Title IX

    Title IX
    AWIS advocates for passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments which bans sex discrimination in schools. It states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance."

    In 1974, AWIS won a lawsuit against the NIH for low representation of women on review panels.
  • Recall of Popular Medical Textbook

    AWIS persuaded a leading publisher to withdraw a new edition of a medical text that featured "Playboy"-style photos.
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act

    Pregnancy Discrimination Act
    AWIS joins women's groups to ensure passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act which bans employment discrimination against pregnant women. Under the Act, a woman cannot be fired or denied a job or promotion because she is or may become pregnant, nor can she be forced to take a pregnancy leave if she is willing and able to work.
  • National Women's History Week

    National Women's History Week
    At the request of women's organizations, President Carter proclaims the first "National Women's History Week," incorporating March 8, International Women's Day.
  • Sally Ride

    Sally Ride
    Sally Ride officially becomes the first American woman astronaut.
  • M.D. Statistics Released

    M.D. Statistics Released
    More than 33% of U.S. medical school students are women, up from 9% in 1969.
  • Upgrade on Funding Opportunities

    Upgrade on Funding Opportunities
    AWIS Grants-At-A-Glance first comprehensive compendium of funding opportunities, made available to AWIS members.
  • 1st Chapter Conference

    First AWIS Chapters Conference held in Washington D.C., sponsored by the Sloan Foundation.
  • Presidential Mentoring Award

    AWIS wins the Presidential Mentoring Award for Creating Tomorrow's Scientists: Models of Community Mentoring.
  • Appointment to CAWM-SET

    Appointment to CAWM-SET
    AWIS board member appointed to the Congressional Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology (CAWM-SET); report published July 2000.
  • AWIS Testifies on HR 3007

    AWIS staff testify in Congress on HR 3007, "The Advancement of women in Science, Engineering, and Technology Development Act."
  • President appointed to BEST

    AWIS president is apppointed to the National Leadership Council of Building Engineering and Science Talent (BEST), the organization established to ensure implementation of the CAWMSET recommendations.
  • Women's Appointment Project

    AWIS chairs Science and Environment Task Force of Women's Appointment Project.
  • AWIS Mentoring Book in Spanish

    "Un Mano A La Futuro," the Hispanic version of the AWIS Mentoring Book, "A Hand Up," is published.
  • Harvard President under fire

    Following remarks made by Harvard President Lawrence Summer, AWIS launches media campaign in rebuttal.
  • Internship Program

    First multi-cultural internship program kicks off with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation.
  • New Member Benefits

    AWIS launches new member benefits to support career and leadership success.
  • Grant from Elsevier Foundation

    Grant from Elsevier Foundation
    AWIS receives grant from Elsevier Foundation to launch national Work/Life Balance Program.
  • AWIS member receives Nobel Prize

    AWIS member receives Nobel Prize
    First AWIS member to receive the Nobel Prize in Medicine, Carol Greider, is recognized for her work on telomeres.
  • AWARDS Initiative

    Collaboration begins with 7 partner societies to address the under-representation of women among recipients of awards from STEM disciplinary societies.
  • AWIS celebrates!

    AWIS celebrates!
    AWIS celebrates 40 Years of Service to and for Women in STEM.