Women's History Month

"Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less." Susan B. Anthony

three women of color listening in a lecture.

The Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences recognizes all the women in our communities, acknowledges their accomplishments and the need to reduce the barriers encountered in pursuing their dreams.

The World Economic Forum predicts that it will take 151 years for North America to close the gender gap. That this is clearly too long. We must support gender equality laws, invest in removing gender bias in education, advocate for working family policies and promote the necessary changes you need in your life and community.

While we work to meet these challenges, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the remarkable influence that women have had in our history. Please review these extraordinary stories, bios and resources.

Special Events You Don't Want To Miss

“Righting the Wrong of Social Injustice in Health

Dr. Maxine Hayes Portrait.

Celebration of Inclusiveness in Medicine and Sciences CIMS Lectures.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 4:00 PM EST via Zoom.

Keynote Speaker: Maxine Hayes, MD '73.

Distinguished Medical Alumna, 2021.

Clinical Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Clinic Professor Emeritus of Health Services the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Join the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement, the Medical Alumni Association,. Polity, and the Student National Medical Association to welcome Distinguished Medical Alumna Dr. Maxine Hayes. 

Picture a Scientist Documentary

Female Doctor Analizyng medical tools.

Watch this must-see documentary describing the experiences of distinguished women scientist with mistreatment, discrimination and harassment that affected their career development at prestigious institution who nevertheless succeeded.

Featuring biologist Nancy Hopkins, PhD, chemist Raychelle Burks, PhD, and geologist Jane K. Willenbring, PhD.

When You Picture a Scientist, Who Do You See?

Purple gloves holding a lab instrument in a clear and round small tray.

A panel conversation on advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM with prominent women scientist and a Novel Prize laurate

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 3:00 PM EST via Zoom

Presented by Laura Helmuth, editor in chief for Scientific American.

The panel conversation focused on the Picture a Scientist documentary and was centered on advancing diversity and inclusion in STEM disciplines. Nobel Prize-winning Dr. Jennifer Doudna (featured in the film Human Nature) and other world-renowned scientists answered questions in addition to a candid conversation on diversity and inclusion.

Honoring Women at UB

These women were pioneers in science, health care and women's rights at UB. Their extraordinary abilities, strength and talent paved the roads we walk today.

Women taking action at UB

At UB, we are inspired by women who take action and activate their power into organizations and centers.


Network of female physicians, scientists, faculty, health care professionals, residents and students who address current issues in the medical and scientific field.

Gender Institute

A university-wide research center founded in 1997, the Gender Institute promotes research and teaching related to women, gender, and sexuality.


A case-study approach to overcoming barriers to advancement for women in STEM.

UB Women in STEM Cooperative

Empowering women in STEM by offering engaging content, authentic conversation and a supportive community to women students, faculty and professionals in STEM from UB and Western NY.

Women in Science and Engineering

Provides support and extracurricular opportunities for female students in STEM fields with the goal of increasing the recruitment, retention and success of women in the sciences, math and engineering.

Additional Resources

Empowering physicians to develop the skills they need to navigate workplace politics and master common career challenges.

Museum dedicated to telling the stories of women who transformed our nation.