Creating a climate for the academic advancement of women is a strategic priority
for EVMS Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. 


The mission of EVMS WiMS is to support and advocate for the full participation, advancement and inclusion of women at all career stages.

An annual WiMS event takes place in June as well as additional activities throughout the academic year. The planning of these activities is supported by an annual needs assessment process which guides the topics of focus and activities selected.

Executive Committee

The WiMS Executive Committee guides activities and committee members are representative of EVMS functional areas, including community faculty. A list of executive committee members is below.

Members of the committee are selected by a process of self-nomination or nomination by peers. A call for new members of the committee is made when positions become vacant.

  • Basic Science: Carrie Elzie, PhD (Secretary), Elena Galkina, PhD
  • Community: Carmen Fuentes, MD
  • Dermatology: Alice Roberts, MD
  • Emergency Medicine: Anya Cipi, MD
  • Family and Community Medicine: Athena Gunther, MD
  • Internal Medicine:  Henri Parsons, PhD, Elza Mylona, PhD, MBA,
  • OB/GYN: Elena Sinkovskaya, PhD
  • Pediatrics: Sara Rothenberg, MPH, Judith Taylor-Fishwick, MSc (Chair)
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: Brynn Sheehan, PhD
  • School of Health Professions: Kim Dempsey, EdD (Vice-Chair)
  • Urology: Jyoti Upadhyay, MD

Roles and responsibilities of WiMS Executive Committee members

  • Plan activities and tasks based on an EVMS WiMS needs assessment
  • Be actively involved with the Executive Committee and attend meetings and events
  • Take ownership of tasks that arise in the planning of activities to further the mission of connecting and supporting WiMS at EVMS
  • Share information from the committee with colleagues, departments and divisions

Why Our Work is Important

  • Women have constituted 58% of graduate students in doctoral programs since 1994, but in 2018 made up 40% of full-time basic science faculty
  • The overall proportion of full-time women faculty has continued to rise yet women make up a majority of faculty at instructor rank
  • The proportion of women from an underrepresented in medicine race or ethnicity was 12% in 2009 and 13% in 2018. The greatest proportion were at the rank of assistant professor
  • Among cohorts of both new assistant and associate professors starting in 2008 - 2009 a larger percent of men than women advanced after 7 years. The gap narrows when 10 year promotion trends are examined
  • Women make up 18% of all department chairs
  • Since 2009, the number of women deans increased by about one each year, on average









Reference: Association of American Medical Colleges, The State of Women in Academic Medicine, 2018-2019

Find an accessible version of these charts.


Recently published

Stanford University and the University of California Davis have compiled a broad range of resources on the impact of COVID on women faculty. Read the latest research compiled from these universities.

Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the productivity of academics who mother, Kasymova, S., Place, J.M.S., Billings, D.L. and Aldape, J.D. (2021), in Gender, Work & Organization, Wiley Online Library,

Academic Caregivers on Organizational and Community Resilience in Academia (F**k Individual Resilience), by Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn, Emily T Cripe, Brooke Foucault Welles, Shannon C McGregor, Katy E Pearce, Nikki Usher, Jessica Vitak, Communication, Culture and Critique, 2021; tcab027,

The Disproportionate Impact of the Pandemic on Women and Caregivers in Academia, by Makala Skinner, Nicole Betancourt, and Christine Wolff-Eisenberg. Ithaka S+R. Last Modified 31 March 2021.

Preventing a Secondary Epidemic of Lost Early Career Scientists: Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Women with Children Cardel MI, Dean N, Montoya-Williams D. [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 15]. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2020;10.1513/AnnalsATS.202006-589IP. doi:10.1513/AnnalsATS.202006-589IP

Unequal effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on scientists COVID-19 has not affected all scientists equally. A survey of principal investigators indicates that female scientists, those in the ‘bench sciences’ and, especially, scientists with young children experienced a substantial decline in time devoted to research. This could have important short- and longer-term effects on their careers, which institution leaders and funders need to address carefully. Myers, K.R., Tham, W.Y., Yin, Y. et al. Nat Hum Behav (2020)

Letters: Impact of COVID-19 on academic mothers published in Science,15 May 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is creating a ‘double double shift’ for women. Employers must help, by Sheryl Sandberg and Rachel Thomas, Fortune, May 7, 2020

Nearly Half of Men Say They Do Most of the Home Schooling. 3 Percent of Women Agree: A survey suggests that pandemic-era domestic work isn’t being divided more equitably than before the lockdown by Claire Cain Miller, The New York Times, May 8, 2020

Letters: Impact of COVID-19 on academic mothers published in Science,15 May 2020

In the COVID-19 economy, you can have a kid or a job. You can't have both by Deb Perelman, The New York Times,July 2, 2020

Will COVID-19 push women out of the labor force? Barbara Risman, Psychology Today, July 2, 2020

This Isn’t Sustainable for Working Parents The pandemic has already taken a toll on the careers of those with young children—particularly mothers, by Joe Pinsker, Atlantic Monthly, July 9, 2020

Yes, balancing work and parenting is impossible. Here's the data by Suzanne M. Edwards and Larry Snyder, The Washington Post,July 10, 2020

‘They Go to Mommy First’ How the pandemic is disproportionately disrupting mothers’ careers, by Jessica Grose, The New York Times,July 15, 2020

Covid-19 Is Intensifying The Disparities Between Men And Women In Science, by Nicole Fisher, Forbes, August 21, 2020

Supporting women in academia during and after a global pandemic, Reese et al, Science Advances  24 Feb 2021, Vol. 7, no. 9, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abg9310

The Gendered Impacts of COVID-19: Lessons and Reflections, editorial by Irma Mooi-Reci, Barbara J. Risman, Gender & Society, March 5, 2021.

Stuck-At-Home Moms: The Pandemic's Devastating Toll On Women by Pallavi Gogoi, National Public Radio (NPR), October 28, 2020

Many Female Academics Face Big Challenges — and Covid-19 Raises the Stakes, Report Says, by Lindsay Ellis, The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 9, 2021

Scientist Mothers Face Extra Challenges in the Face of COVID-19

Preventing a Secondary Epidemic of Lost Early Career Scientists. Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic on Women with Children

Reflections on motherhood and the impact of COVID 19 pandemic on women’s scientific careers

COVID Has Laid Bare the Inequities That Face Mothers in STEM





Supporting faculty during & after COVID-19 Don’t let go of equity, a report by Leslie D. Gonzalez and Kimberly A. Griffin, ASPIRE Alliance, 2020.

Tenure and promotion after the pandemic Science, 05 Jun 2020

How Support of Early Career Researchers Can Reset Science in the Post-COVID19 World Erin M. Gibson, et al. Cell, 25 June 2020

STEM Equity and Inclusion (Un)Interrupted? The pandemic will negatively impact the careers of women in STEM, particularly those of color, and failure to respond could jeopardize years of progress toward faculty equity, argue Stephanie A. Goodwin and Beth Mitchneck, in InsideHigherEd, May 15, 2020

ARC Network Town Hall: Ensuring Equity in Institutional COVID-19 Responses a recording of a webinar concerning the need to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into higher education administrators’ decision-making, organized by the ARC Network, sponsored by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) through an ADVANCE grant from the National Science Foundation. June 4, 2020

Opinion: In the wake of COVID-19, academia needs new solutions to ensure gender equity Jessica L. Malisch et al, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Jul 2020, 117 (27) 15378-15381; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2010636117

Gender and the Pandemic, a collection of essays by affiliates of Stanford's Clayman Institute on Gender Research

Coronovirus Coverage and the Silencing of Female Expertise by Teresa Carr, Undark, 06.22.2020, and also here in The Wire, July 9, 2020

COVID's Surprising Toll on Careers of Women Scientists Women scientists and those with young children are paying a steep career price in the pandemic, according to new research, an article by Rebecca Layne, Harvard Business Review, August 10, 2020

Childcare for Faculty: The Babar in the Room, a blog post by Kiernan Mathews, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Collaborative on Careers in Higher Education, August 10, 2020

'Babar in the Room' Faculty parents are once again being asked to perform a miracle: Get their students and their own kids through the semester in one piece. Does it have to be this way? by Colleen Flaherty, InsideHigherEd, August 11, 2020

Factoring in the Pandemic Experience to Protect Gender Equity, Memorializing the Summer of 2020, a document distributed by the Northwestern [University] Organization of Faculty Women 

Organization of Women Faculty COVID Response Faculty Survey, distributed July 20-August 7, 2020 by the Northwestern [University] Organization of Faculty Women

Call for Immediate Action, by the Northwestern [University] Organization of Faculty Women, September 2020

Keeping COVID-19 From Sidelining Equity Without engaged interventions, higher education will most likely become less diverse and inclusive, given the pressure the pandemic is placing on women and faculty of color, by Joya Misra, Dessie Clark and Ethel L. Mickey, Inside HigherEd, February 10, 2021

Impact of COVID-19 on the Careers of Women in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 2021.

The Quiet Crisis of Parents on the Tenure Track by Maggie Doherty, The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 20, 2021

Pay Gaps in Medicine and the Impact of COVID-19 on Doctors’ Careers

Don’t Let the Pandemic Set Back Gender Equality

Opinion: In the wake of COVID-19, academia needs new solutions to ensure gender equity

Gender Equity Considerations for Tenure and Promotion during COVID19

Gender differences in COVID-19 attitudes and behavior: Panel evidence from eight countries


Challenges for the female academic during the COVID-19 pandemic The Lancet, June 18, 2020

Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Manuscript Submissions by Women Kibbe MR. JAMA Surg. Published online August 04, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.3917

Meta-Research: COVID-19 medical papers have fewer women first authors than expected. Andersen JP, Nielsen MW, Simone NL, Lewiss RE, Jagsi R.  Elife. 2020;9:e58807. Published 2020 Jun 15. doi:10.7554/eLife.58807

No Room of One's Own: Early journal submission data suggest COVID-19 is tanking women's research productivity by Colleen Flaherty, InsideHigherEd, April 21, 2020

Women's research plummets during lockdown - but articles from men increase Many female academics say juggling their career with coronavirus childcare is overwhelming, writes Anna Fazackerley in The Guardian, May 12, 2020

Women in science are battling both Covid-19 and the patriarchy The pandemic has worsened longstanding sexist and racist inequalities in science pushing many of us to say ‘I’m done’, write 35 female scientists, in The Times Higher Education, May 15, 2020

Opinion: The Isolated Scientist Among the disruptions and pain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers are dealing with a sudden halt in in-person interactions, by Steven Wiley, TheScientist, May 19, 2020

Women in Science May Suffer Lasting Career Damage from COVID-19 They bear a greater proportion of childcare and household responsibilities, making it much harder for them to publish their work and get ahead, by Jillian Kramer, Scientific American, August 12, 2020

Documenting Pandemic Impacts: Best Practices UMass ADVANCE COVID-19 Tool, August 17, 2020

Something's Got to Give Women's journal submission rates fell as their caring responsibilities jumped due to COVID-19. Without meaningful interventions, the trend is likely to continue, by Colleen Flaherty, Inside HigherEd, August 20, 2020

Pandemic Imperils Promotion for Women in Academia Even as faculty members are given more time to meet a deadline for tenure, many say they are getting less work done because of child care needs, by Noam Schieber, The New York Times, September 29, 2020 (plus related links below to documents from Northwestern University cited in the article)

European Women in Mathematics Open Letter on the COVID-19 Pandemic (EWM is an international association of women working in the field of mathematics in Europe), published online September 22, 2020

Women Are Falling Behind Large-scale study backs up other research showing relative declines in women's research productivity during COVID-19, by Colleen Flaherty, Inside HigherEd,October 20, 2020

Covid-19 Has Robbed Faculty Parents of Time for Research. Especially Mothers. Women with children have lost, on average, about an hour of research time per day on top of what childless scholars have lost, by Emma Pettit, The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 25, 2021

What Explains Differences in Finance Research Productivity During the Pandemic? Barber et al,National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Working paper 28493, DOI 10.3386/w28493, February 2021

Emerging Evidence Indicates COVID-19 Pandemic Has Negatively Impacted Women in Academic STEMM Fields, Endangering Progress Made in Recent Years, The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine news release, March 9, 2021

Female professors have less time to research in the pandemic. It could force them out of academia, experts say, by Caroline Kitchener, The Lily, April 5, 2021

Could the Pandemic Prompt an ‘Epidemic of Loss’ of Women in the Sciences? by Apoorva Mandavilli, The New York Times, April 13, 2021

The COVID pandemic has harmed researcher productivity – and mental health

The career cost of COVID-19 to female researchers, and how science should respond

Early-career scientists at critical career junctures brace for impact of COVID-19

The decline of women's research production during the coronavirus pandemic

Are women publishing less during the pandemic? Here’s what the data say

Women are getting less research done than men during this coronavirus pandemic

Early journal submission data suggest COVID-19 is tanking women's research productivity

Community Call Creative Strategies to Address the Gendered Impact of COVID-19

Psychiatric genomics research during the COVID19 pandemic: A survey of Psychiatric Genomics Consortium researchers (

Ten simple rules for women principal investigators during a pandemic


The coronavirus pandemic is creating a ‘double double shift’ for women. Employers must help, by Sheryl Sandberg and Rachel Thomas, Fortune, May 7, 2020

"New PI COVID19 memo" suggestions from "junior faculty at a university" to help catalyze the discussion of potential solutions to the challenges currently faced and foreseen for early career faculty members to the changed circumstances of their work resulting from the pandemic

Measures to Support Faculty During COVID-19 The pandemic has amplified pre-existing inequities among faculty members, creating distinct challenges for differently situated ones, write Ethel L. Mickey, Dessie Clark and Joya Misra, Inside HigherEd, September 4, 2020

Burning Out Professors say faculty burnout is always a real threat, but especially now, and that institutions should act before it’s too late, by Colleen Flaherty, Inside HigherEd, September 14, 2020

The Virus Moved Female Faculty to the Brink. Will Universities Help? The pandemic is a new setback for women in academia who already faced obstacles on the path to advancing their research and careers, by Jillian Kramer, The New York Times, October 6, 2020

Where Caregiving and Gender Intersect It's not just about gender or caregiving, it's both: new analyses suggest colleges need COVID-19 faculty relief policies that target female caregivers in particular, by Colleen Flaherty, Inside Higher Ed,March 31, 2021

The Pandemic Hit Female Academics Hardest - What are colleges going to do about it?


Supporting Families in Hampton Roads

Jane Glasgow, PhD, Executive Director of Minus 9 to 5 and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics along with Beth Parker, MSEd, Assistant Director have compiled a list of childcare resources in Hampton Roads. Click the link above to view this valuable resource. For more information email: Jane Glasgow, PhDBeth Parker, MSEd

WiMS activities at EVMS

Book Title:  How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion or Job. Authors: Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith

Date and Time: October 18, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Facilitator: Alice Roberts, MD, Assistant Professor, Dermatology, WiMS Executive Committee Member

Location:  Faculty Commons - Brickell Library 4th Floor (Hybrid will be made available if needed)

The discussion will be informal, and is intended to discuss pertinent issues and build connections between EVMS WiMS faculty. As with all WiMS activities, this will be a safe and secure place for all discussions and will NOT be recorded.


Academic Year 2020-2021

  • September 28, 2020: 12:00-1:00PM WiMS Virtual Cafe: What Needs to be Done to Ensure Gender Equity in Academia in the Wake of COVID-19? | Anca Dobrian, PhD, Natasha Sriraman, MD| EVMS
  • December 8, 2020: 12:00-1:00PM  Seminar: Balancing Maternity, Children, and Work| Racquel Chatal, MD; Elena Sinkovskaya, PhD | EVMS (article) Webinar


Understanding the intersectionality: Bringing visibility to the experiences and perspectives of women of color
View the webinar

The AAMC’s Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) and the Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) hosted an informative and powerful webinar on defining intersectionality and had over 900 participants join. During this first part of a longer webinar series on various aspects of women of color, speakers from both inside and outside academic medicine introduced foundational elements of intersectionality theory, shared experiences, and created dialogue on how institutions can maintain an intersectional lens as they continue their diversity, equity and inclusion journeys.

Journal Articles

Achieving Gender Equity Is our Responsibility: Leadership Matters
In the wake of COVID-19, academia needs new solutions to ensure gender equity.
Gender Bias in Collaborative Medical Decision Making: Emergent Evidence

AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science

The group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) advances the full and successful participation and inclusion of women within academic medicine by addressing gender equality, recruitment and retention, awards and recognition, and career advancement.

AAMC GWiMS Affinity Group

Past Annual WiMS Events

Fifth Annual WiMS event
September 17th, 2021
Virtual Zoom Presentations

  Part I: 9-11am
  Mentors are Good, Sponsors are Better

  Presenter: Elizabeth L. Travis, PhD, FASTRO,
  Associate Vice President for Women and Minority Faculty Inclusion,
  Marie Allen Fair Professor in Cancer Research, 
  University of Texas, MD Anderson Center, Houston


 Part II: 2-4pm
 Promoting Inclusive Learning Environment via
 Active Bystander Training: How Faculty can Address Microaggressions

  Presenter: Nicole Jacobs, PhD, 
  Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion,
  Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences,
  University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine


 Fourth Annual WiMS event - June 5, 2020
 9am - 2pm, Lester Hall 104
 View this presentation "Leveraging Your Brand" - Click here

 Presenter: Angela Sharkey, MD | Senior Associate Dean for Academic  Affairs at the University of South Carolina
 School of Medicine Greenville and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. 


  Third Annual WiMS event: Be the CEO of your Own Career
  June 7, 2019

  Presenter: Archana Chatterjee, MD | Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty
  Development, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Second Annual WiMS event: Interpersonal Communication Skills, Graceful Self-Promotion and Utilizing Temperaments to Enhance Your Leadership Capabilities

June 8, 2018

Presenter: Luanne Thorndyke, MD, FACP | Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Massachusetts, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Award (2013), and UMMS Outstanding Mentoring to Women Faculty Award (2016) 

First Annual WiMS event: Exploring Resiliency and Defining Success
June 2, 2017

Presenter: Patricia Numann, MD | Lloyd S. Rogers Professor of Surgery, Emeritus, SUNY Health Sciences Center, 2011-2012 President, America College of Surgeons

Professional development networking 

Academic year 2019-2020

  • September 17: The Language of Appreciation in the Workplace | Tonya Jones, MA
  • November 5: Resilience in the Workplace | Catherine Derber, MD
  • January 28: Call in Communication Strategies to Mitigate Gender Bias | Serina Neumann, PhD
  • February 12: Providing Feedback for Performance Improvement | Tonya Jones, MA
  • March 26: Microaggressions | Susan Pollart, MD
  • June 23: Making the Most of the Mentor and Mentee Relationship | Elza Mylona, PhD, MBA

Academic year 2018-2019

  • September 12: Generations in the Workplace | Tonya Jones, MA
  • October 16: Managing Multiple Priorities | Margaret Baumgarten, MD; Carrie Elzie, PhD; Margaret Morris, PhD
  • December 4: Narrative Medicine | Natasha Sriraman, MD, MPH
  • January 31: Tips for Promotion | Rebecca Britt, MD; Deborah Damon, PhD; Anca Dobrian, PhD
  • February 19: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator | Tonya Jones, MA

Academic year 2017-2018

  • October 9: Making Things Count Twice | Rebecca Britt, MD
  • December 6: Situation Leadership | Tonya Jones, MA
  • February 7: Negotiation Skills | Elza Mylona, PhD, MBA
  • February 22: Relaxation and Meditation |  Serina Neumann, PhD
  • April 11: Communication in the Workplace | Lisa Fore-Arcand, EdD