Volume 13 - Issue 1 - January 2005

Y oung women dermatologists of today cannot really appreciate the older days of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), when it was essentially an academy of men, mirroring the rest of American medicine. Women were welcomed, but were on the fringes of things, including the scientific program; and from 1935 to 1970, only one woman had ever been elected to the AAD Board of Directors (June Carol Shafer, Washington, D.C, 1956-1958). In 1970 there were only 278 female dermatologists in the entire United States, comprising 6% to 9% of the 4,003 active dermatologists.1 Women attending the AAD mee