Gender Pay Gap Inquiry - "Government Have Failed to Act" - Submit Your Evidence

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21 February 2017

Last year, MWF Past President Dr Sally Davies was asked to represent MWF in giving evidence to the Women and Equalities Parliamentary Select Committee on the gender pay gap and how it presents itself in medicine. Today the findings of that committee were published and it was concluded that the government has failed to act to reduce the gender pay gap. 

The committee has posted a list of recommendations for the government to tackle the issue of the gender pay gap which include:

  • Ensuring, where possible, flexible working is offered to employees.

  • Emphasising the importance of shared childcare, helping parents share the responsibility equally.

  • Offering greater support to women who return to work after time off. 

The government has argued that the current policies in place to tackle the gender pay gap are adequate and have rejected the majority of the recommendations put forward by the committee. In response to this, the committee is asking for evidence to be used when questioning Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Women and Equalities on why the government has chosen to reject these recommendations. Specifically they are looking for input on:

  • Flexible working

  • Shared parental leave

  • Supporting women who return to work

Please click here to submit your evidence.

You can read the committee's full report here. 

In July 2016, The BMJ reported that overall male doctors were paid 40% more than female doctors. 

MWF 100th Anniversary Prize - Sponsored by Wesleyan

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08 February 2017

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To celebrate 100 years of Medical Women, MWF and Wesleyan have teamed up to award prizes to three doctors in various stages of their careers who have shown excellence within their fields. The three categories of award are:

Past - Awarded to a senior established doctor

Present - Awarded to an established doctor

Future - Awarded to an up and coming doctor


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The prize winners will be announced at our Centenary Conference on Friday 12th May 2017 and the winners will receive £250 each along with a year free membership to MWF. 

To be eligible for the prize you must either be a member of MWF or Wesleyan. Click here to see the full prize criteria. 

You are welcome to nominate yourself for the prize or nominate a friend or colleague. 

Nominees must be available to attend the conference on Friday 12th May. 

Application forms can be downloaded here and must be returned along with a 3 page CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The closing date for all entries is strictly 4pm on Friday 31st March 2017


Katherine Branson Student Essay Prize - Now Open!

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21 December 2016

The Katherine Branson Essay Prize is now open to all undergraduate medical students! 

Win one of two £100 prizes on offer by submitting an essay (between 600-800 words) on one of the two questions below:

1.) Family or career? Is it possible to do both well? If so, how? 

2.) Should GPs be able to prescribe gym membership? What should they do if a patient is non-compliant?

Please submit one essay only for consideration and email your essay to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with your name, email address, university and year. 

Closing date: Wednesday 1st March 2017

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