MWF at 105




The MWF celebrating 105 years 

The Medical Women’s Federation (MWF) was founded in 1917 with 190 members and Dr Jane Walker as President. Today, the 1st of February 2022, MWF is 105 years old and continues to have a major influential voice addressing important issues within the medical profession. We would like to thank all our members who have continued to support us to be the ‘voice of medical women on medical issues’.  On such a special day as today, we have launched our first ever MWF podcast ‘The Medical Women Podcast’ with the aim of supporting and empowering as many medical women as possible in their careers. The podcast is now on Apple, Spotify and Stitcher (click here) to subscribe and stay up to date with all released episodes. The first episode is out today, and further episodes will be released every Tuesday. We do hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends and colleagues.  

The MWF continues to make its impact: 

  • We have now digitised our MWF archive with the Wellcome Collection. You can access our MWF archives by clicking here 
  • We have begun to support junior MWF members, both medical students and junior doctors, to lead and publish research on women in medicine and women’s health. We invite all interested members to get in touch. 
  • We have established links with other organisations including Melanin Medics, British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, Academy of Medical Sciences, Royal Society of Medicine, Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and Women in Medicine in Ireland Network 
  • The MWF has been working with a range of other charities to create a campaign for a fairer parental leave scheme 
  • The MWF has now joined the Inequalities in Health Alliance. This is a coalition of organisations with an interest in improving the health of the UK who have come together to campaign for a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities. It is asking the government to do three things:  
  1. develop a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities 
  2. commence the socio-economic duty, section 1 of the Equality Act 2010 
  3. adopt a ‘child health in all policies’ approach. 

Over the next couple of months, the MWF will be hosting the following events: 

  • On the 8th of March for International Women’s Day, we will be hosting a joint event with the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries aimed at exploring the issue of safety for women in cities. To find out more details, visit our website here  
  • The 22nd of April will be our next MWF Spring Conference which we hope will take place as an in-person conference. The theme of the conference is ‘Women that Disrupt’. Registration is now open and you can register by visiting our website here  
  • We also will be planning our Autumn Conference later in the year amongst other events and we hope that you subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on our MWF social media to stay up to date with all events, prizes and activities 

We are always looking for ways to offer more to our members and would love to create a federation that supports and empowers medical women. If there is anything you feel that we could be doing better or any ideas that you could offer to the federation. We would kindly ask for you to email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Thank you for celebrating this historic milestone with us as we ride into the next 105 years.   

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