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Woman One honors an exceptional leader and raises MD scholarships for talented underrepresented students. Lynn Yeakel was honored on April 25, 2022.
VisionForward is a coalition of organizations and individuals in all 50 states working for gender equity through women's leadership in the U.S.
The Marion Spencer Fay Award honors a woman physician or scientist who has made an exceptionally significant contribution to health care.
Our outreach efforts to underserved communities include Conversations About Women's Health, free programs where experts speak on a range of topics.
VisionForward is a national coalition of individuals and organizations working to advance gender equity through women's leadership.
April 25, 2022
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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.
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