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RAISE Project To Help Women Receive Recognition
June 1, 2007

The Society for Women’s Health Research formally launched the RAISE Project recently, which aims to ensure that qualified women are nominated for top national awards in science, medicine and engineering. The goal is to elevate the status of professional women through an increase in awards and honors for deserving individuals.

“Women scientists across the nation are doing tremendous work, but they often do not receive the recognition they deserve for their achievements,” said Phyllis Greenberger, president and CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research, a Washington, D.C., based non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health of all women through research, education and advocacy. “Women often fail to nominate themselves and many never ask others to nominate them for awards, so we have established a program to aid the process. It is important for their individual careers and for the future of women in science that we help elevate the professional status of women in these fields.”

Current programs of the RAISE Project include a national awards clearinghouse with a Web-based list of national awards, a Web-based list of women candidates and preparation of nominations of outstanding women for selected national awards. Nomination of qualified women candidates is facilitated through systematic analysis of our data banks of awards and potential awardees. Attention is focused on identifying women at stages of their professional development where outside recognition is likely to have a substantial career-enhancing effect. The RAISE Project is online at

The project is under the direction of Stephanie Pincus, M.D., M.B.A., and Florence Haseltine, Ph.D., M.D.

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