Professional Associations and Work/Family Issues

American Medical Association (AMA)

Web page devoted to helping physicians balance the demands of personal and professional life. Physicians are invited to share experiences on family/life balance. In addition, a select group of physicians were "shadowed" for a year by AMNews staff to track pivotal experiences related to the balance of personal and professional issues.

Offered  a program in 2011 titled "Is Work Life Balance Achievable for Effective Leadership?"; provides a page on the history of women in medicine, recognizes the progress of female physicians during Women in Medicine Month.

American Medical Association's Women Physicians Congress (WPC)

The focus is on addressing professional issues of special interest to women physicians. The WPC strives to increase flexibility at all levels of the profession and assist physicians in balancing professional and family responsibilities. The WPC also advocates extension of tenure decisions through "stop the clock" programs for medical school faculty as well as institutional policies that provide job security for physicians who are temporarily not in practice due to pregnancy or family obligations.

Co-hosted a special session in Fall 2011, on "Strategies to Eliminate Physician Pay Disparities."

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)

Passed a resolution in 1997 which encourages employers at the federal and state level to grant paid parental leave to both parents for at least 8 weeks after the birth of a child.

American Sociological Association (ASA)

Research Program on the Profession and the Discipline

Research Brief (March 9, 2004) "The Best Time to Have a Baby: Institutional Resources and Family Strategies Among Early Career Sociologists" by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ivy Kennelly, and William Erskine.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Despite the continuing effort of increasing the representation of women and non-white faculty, the diversity of medical school faculty has not kept pace with the diversity of medical school students or of society overall, according to The Changing Demographics of Full-Time U.S. Medical School Faculty, 1966-2009.

Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG)

Web page devoted to "Status of Women in Academia." The AWG advocates flexible appointments, tenure clock stoppage, strategies to stop the leaks for women to become academic geoscientists, and assignment shifts to accomodate faculty with family obligations.

See also: Gender Equity in the Geosciences (2005) 

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)

Web forum on "Supporting the Diverse Personal Lives of Mathematicians."

Mentor Network (updated 2010).

Association for Women in Society

Caucus for Women in Statistics

Final Report of the Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering and Technology Development "Encourages healthy balance of work and family life through flexible, functional workplace policies and attitudes."

Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology (COSWA)

The Committee pursues greater parity for women in Anthropology by monitoring, advocating, and educating.

Informal mentoring for junior scholars and other interested anthropologists on topics related to women’s roles in anthropology.

Committee on the Status of Women in Physics

American Physical Society
Special conference session entitled "The Art of the Impossible: Balancing Physics and Family."

Modern Language Association

Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession report, "Standing Still: The Associate Professor Survey" (2009).

Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)

SWS has a 2008 Report on Gender Scholarship and Equity in sociology departments, a Facebook page, and a Committee on Academic Justice, which published a position statement on the impact of gender on the evaluation of teaching.

Position paper on Family and Work entitled "How the Balancing Act Disadvantages Women in the Workplace" Prepared by Sandy Smith, Vanderbilt University. September 15, 2002.

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