In celebration of International Women’s Day, we want to recognize the Claflin Distinguished Scholar Awards, which provide support for junior faculty women investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital. The aim of these awards is to increase opportunities for women to advance to senior positions in academic medicine.
A little history: In 1993, The Women in Academic Medicine Committee, originally chaired by Mrs. Jane D. Claflin (pictured), was established to facilitate the academic careers of women in science at Mass General. Recognizing that a significant obstacle to career advancement is the difficulty of maintaining research productivity during the child-rearing years, the Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) created the Claflin Awards in 1997 to provide women of childbearing age with two years of financial support to help sustain their research careers.
Mrs. Claflin’s relationship with Mass General dates back to the 1950s, when she joined the Ladies’ Visiting Committee. She served as a Trustee from 1973 to 1989 and remains an honorary Trustee of the hospital today.
We applaud our friends at ECOR for helping to promote equal opportunities for women. You can learn more about the award and past recipients here.