November 8, 2021

Disparities in Biomedical Research: A Women’s Health Issue

By Gwen Feeny, JD, Science Policy Fellow. 

Attention is increasingly—and necessarily—being paid to disparities in the biomedical research workforce. The improved inclusion and representation of people from diverse backgrounds across all areas of research, as well as the diversification of the research workforce, are crucial for reducing health disparities and ultimately improving health and health care for all.

SWHR, as part of its mission, advocates for inclusion and representation of women in research and considers a diverse research workforce a necessary component for improving women’s health. In fact, SWHR was founded to further the inclusion of women and minorities in research. This year alone, SWHR has been engaged on this subject by providing commentary to the National Cancer Institute about diversifying the cancer research workforce and participating in STrategies to enRich Inclusion and achieVe Equity (STRIVE) Initiative workshops.

This blog summarizes the state of disparities in biomedical research and how they might be addressed:

From improving access to training, education, support, and mentoring for underrepresented researchers to increasing the inclusion of underrepresented populations in clinical trials, much remains to be done to address the disparities in the biomedical research workforce. SWHR will continue to advocate for policies that will reduce disparities and enhance participation as well as participate in initiatives, such as the STRIVE workshops, where we can learn from underrepresented and marginalized researchers.