AMWA Action Coalition for Equity

The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) has convened the Action Coalition for Equity, a community reflecting diverse allies committed to working collaboratively to advance opportunities for equity and inclusion, particularly for those identifying as women in medicine, and to sustain the effectiveness of our mission.

This membership subcommittee grew out of discussions around gaining representation in support of the #HeForShe movement and recognizing Men for Equity among our member supporters. By joining the AMWA Action Coalition for Equity.  By joining, you will support our 28% Pay Equity Campaign (the gender pay gap reported by Doximity) with a $28 donation.

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Striving for a healthcare system that is equitable for those identifying as women, and those who are URiM.


Principled advocacy on behalf of women in medicine to advocate for or strive to achieve equity in the following domains:

  • Salary/Compensation
  • Career Advancement
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Gender-based Microaggressions/Microinequities
  • Other Forms of Bias in the Workplace
  • Parental Leave
  • Reproductive/Fertility Treatment and Counseling
  • Flexible Work Schedules

To date, the AMWA Action Coalition for Equity has hosted two Listening Sessions.

We welcome men and women in medicine and other healthcare allies to join us in advancing gender equity in medicine. How much do you know about how women physicians navigate challenges in the healthcare workplace?

Listening Session 1

The personal stories of four AMWA leaders and high-achievers sharing their trials as women in medicine.


Michael Sinha, MD, JD, MPH, is a Research Collaborator at the Harvard-MIT Center for Regulatory Science at Harvard Medical School and the Center for Health Policy and Law at Northeastern University School of Law.


Dr. Elizabeth GarnerDr. Susan HingleDr. Fatima Cody Stanford,  Dr. Stephanie Mueller 


Listening Session II

The personal journeys of five women in medicine agreed to share how it is to navigate as a woman of color in medicine today.


Alden Landry, MD, MPH (Faculty, Harvard Medical School)


  • Lawren Wooten (MS4, Georgetown University School of Medicine)
  • Taylor Boyd (MS4, Harvard Medical School)
  • Tema Fodge (MS3, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine)
  • Imani McElroy, MD, MPH (Surgery Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital)
  • Trenika Williams, MD, MS (Emergency Medicine Resident, University of Chicago Medical Center)

NOTE: This group was originally named The Henry Blackwell Circle, after Henry Blackwell, the brother of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive an MD in the US. He was known as an early abolitionist and suffragist and married Lucy Stone, a prominent suffragist and abolitionist. Unlike other suffragists, Blackwell and Stone believed in achieving Black suffrage before women’s suffrage and had split off from other suffragists over that issue. However, it has come to our attention that in one of his publications, Mr. Blackwell appealed to racist views as the lever to push women’s suffrage forward in the reluctant South. In light of this, we have renamed the group to better focus on the important advocacy work that needs to be done to advance equity in medicine.