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Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England, has broken new ground for gender equality in the sciences in a letter to the UK Medical Schools Council on 29 July. She will make it a requirement for academic departments applying for funding from the English National Institute for Health Research to hold the silver award of the Athena SWAN (for 'scientific women's academic network') Charter. We urge other funding bodies, including the UK research councils and the Royal Society, to follow suit.
Article written by Angela McLean (and colleagues), Co-director, Institute for Emerging Infections