Member Spotlight

Dr. Jocelyn Reader

Research Associate
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Professional Member since 2011

“My personal definition of advocacy has changed, thanks to AWIS as a champion, not only for women in STEM but for society as a whole.”

As the only national organization advocating at the nexus of STEM and gender, AWIS has been a champion for women in STEM for
forty-five years. How do you define advocacy?

I define advocacy in many different ways; however, when I think specifically about the work that AWIS has done, it affects my personal definition of advocacy. I feel that my definition takes on breadth and depth compared to the dictionary definition of advocacy. To me, advocacy means to not only support a cause, but to be able to successfully identify the issues that will have the most impact and benefit to not only the target population, women in STEM, but to the entire population.

What do you aspire to accomplish in your career and why?

I am a research associate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where I work in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine, but I aspire to continue to remain active in the Baltimore Chapter of AWIS. I have been a professional member since 2011, and I served as vice president of social media from 2011 to 2015. Currently, I am serving as co-president of the chapter.

How has AWIS helped you professionally and/or personally?

AWIS’s continued advocacy for equal pay for women would appear to have limited benefit, but with the rise of “breadwinner moms,” this issue has far reaching implications. AWIS’s continued championing of women in STEM will continue to benefit women and men both inside and outside of STEM, myself included.

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