Led by Susan J. Baserga of Yale University, the ASBMB Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee advocates for women in biochemistry and molecular biology, both in academia and in industry by increasing participation, visibility and status of women within the scientific community.Learn more about the committee

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Recent stories from ASBMB Today
The silent toll of unpromotable work

Extra commitments are everywhere in academia. Many take time and effort but do not advance a faculty member’s career.

Must a female scientist be ambitious?

“We need to accept that women may have motivations beyond achievements in the workplace and that career achievements may be secondary to work–life integration,” Marina K. Holz writes.

A time for reflection — and data

“Some researchers suggest the pandemic has served as the proverbial canary in the coal mine, highlighting and amplifying existing disparities and inequities within the STEMM workplace.”

Bumpus leads with science

Namandjé Bumpus recently stepped away from her lab at Johns Hopkins to become the chief scientist of the FDA.

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Leading with purpose: Reflections by successful leaders in BMB

The 2023 ASBMB Leadership Award winners share their experiences with leadership and mentoring, with an emphasis on mentoring women in science, their winning strategies for scientific career success and ways that they support the advancement of women in STEM.

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The no club: Putting a stop to women’s dead-end work

Exploring the role of nonpromotable tasks and how to manage them. With one of the authors of "The No Club."

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“School’s out for summer” book club on gender equity

ASBMB members discuss “The No Club: Putting a Stop to Women’s Dead-End Work” by Linda Babcock, Brenda Peyser, Lise Vesterlund and Laurie Weingart.

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“School’s out for summer” book club on gender equity

A discussion of “What Works: Gender Equality by Design” by Iris Bohnet, presented by the ASBMB Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee.

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Leadership awards

The ASBMB Leadership Awards recognize individuals with a strong commitment to advancing the careers of women in biochemistry and molecular biology along with demonstrated excellence in research, discovery and/or service.


Bhabha found creativity in hard science

An assistant professor with a joint lab at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine, she has won the 2023 ASBMB Early-Career Leadership Award.


Rye offers tools for success

A JLR editor-in-chief and deputy head of the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of New South Wales, she has won the 2023 ASBMB Mid-Career Leadership Award.

Nominate a leader

The awards were instituted in 2020 and are given annually by the ASBMB Women in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee. See the criteria and how to nominate.


The Impact of COVID-19 on the Careers of Women in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine


The MOSAIC program is part of the NIH’s efforts to enhance diversity within the academic biomedical research workforce.

500 Women Scientists

An organization serving society by making science open, inclusive and accessible, and transforming society by fighting racism, patriarchy and oppressive societal norms.

Million Women Mentors

The premier network dedicated to encouraging girls and women around the world to pursue, persist and succeed in STEM careers.

AAAS If/Then Ambassadors

An initiative designed to further women in STEM by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers.

Association for Women in Science

The AWIS offers career and personal development resources for women in STEM.

American Association of University Women

The AAUW is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls.