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Vol. LVII, No. 10
May 20, 2005

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'Women Change America'
NIH Marks Women's History Month

"Critical Thinking." That's how women at NIH change America, according to organizers of the 2005 Women's History Month celebration, who adapted the occasion's national theme — "Women Change America" — for the NIH audience.

Leading off the celebration, sponsored by NIH's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management on Mar. 9, Ann Timmons, a communication artist, performed the one-woman play, Off the Wall: The Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Author in 1892 of The Yellow Wallpaper, a semi-autobiographical account of a woman's struggle with depression, Gilman was a pundit and lecturer on equal rights for women. In 1898, she published the book Women and Economics, which was critically acclaimed and subsequently translated into seven languages.

Ann Timmons, a communication artist, performed a one-woman play about equal rights pioneer Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

Following the performance, Timmons took questions from the audience about parallels between the skills Gilman used to promote change in her society and the skills employed by women at NIH who are involved in the scientific community. The audience was invited to take part in a critical thinking workshop after the program.

A mentoring seminar concluded the month's celebration. Held in the Stone House, the seminar recognized four outstanding NIH women as "great mentors and champions of the Federal Women's Program." The honorees were Joan Brogan, OEODM deputy director; Dr. Vivian Pinn, NIH associate director for research on women's health; Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, senior advisor to the NIH director; and Dr. Joan Schwartz, assistant director of the NIH Office of Intramural Research.

Glenda Keen, Federal Women’s Program assistant, greets Justin Hayes, a representative of Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who sent remarks for the occasion. Cheryl Kelley of FDA offers the keynote address.

Cheryl Kelley, special emphasis program manager at the Food and Drug Administration, gave the keynote address.

The primary goal of the Federal Women's Program, and other special emphasis efforts at NIH, is to identify and eliminate barriers to a model equal employment opportunity program at NIH, at the department and throughout the nation's workforce, according to Rose Pruitt, NIH Federal Women's Program manager, OEODM. Career development at various levels, and a quarterly review of recruitment, hiring and promotion of women are merely two objectives NIH has identified to accomplish its goal.

NIH deputy director Dr. Raynard Kington congratulates “great mentors” (from l) Dr. Vivian Pinn, Dr. Ruth Kirschstein, Joan Brogan and Dr. Joan Schwartz.

"With women accounting for more than 50 percent of the U.S. workforce, women are America," Pruitt said.

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