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In Recognition of GSA’s Women Scholars

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH

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As part of Women’s History Month, we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. This year, the Smithsonian is recognizing women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers by displaying 120 life-size orange statues of female scientists around the National Mall here in Washington, DC.

I’ve seen this impressive outdoor exhibit several times and it made me think of the enormous contributions of women scholars in the field of gerontology. According to our latest demographic information, women comprise 71 percent of GSA’s membership, meaning so much of what our Society accomplishes can be attributed to their vision and leadership.

In another excellent exhibit, GSA’s publishing partner Oxford University Press has compiled a new collection of articles celebrating women in medicine, and six of them come from GSA's peer-reviewed journals!

Thank you to the women who are making a difference in our field — by advancing research, education, clinical practice, and policy in the aging arena, and by serving as role models for the next generations of women scholars.

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