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Marion Spencer Fay Award

The Marion Spencer Fay Award honors a woman physician or scientist who has made an exceptionally significant contribution to health care.

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Dean Charles Cairns with Woman One Scholars Jacqueline Koomson and Dominique Jones, and Senior Associate Dean Leon McCrea

Woman One honors an exceptional leader and raises MD scholarships for talented underrepresented students. Ala Stanford, MD, and Ellen Yin, MBA, were honored on October 5, 2023.

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Lynn Yeakel

In spring 2022, the Institute was renamed the Lynn Yeakel Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership in recognition of Lynn’s tireless work for gender equity.

Conversations About Women's Health

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With profound sadness, we share the news that Lynn Yeakel, the visionary director of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership and Betty A. Cohen Chair in Women's Health, passed away January 13 after a brief illness. An article about her life of extraordinary accomplishment in pursuit of equality for women was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on January 15, 2022.

Lynn was the founder of the Woman One Award and Scholarship Fund, the D. Walter Cohen Shared Leadership Scholarship, the Sex and Gender Research Forum and Conversations About Women's Health. She brought the prestigious national Marion Spencer Fay Award to the Institute and created the VisionForward (formerly Vision 2020) women's equality initiative. She was committed to the Institute's core mission of honoring the past, enriching the present and shaping the future, and creating programs to help women everywhere live more fulfulling lives.

At the 2022 Woman One award ceremony honoring Lynn, it was announced that the Institute would be renamed the Lynn Yeakel Institute for Women's Health and Leadership in recognition of her tireless efforts in the realm of gender equity and women's leadership.

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Drexel University College of Medicine
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