Of Mice and Men and Women
"A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more."
-Rosabeth Moss Kanter
professor, Harvard Business School
Since you never leave true loves, NEAVS continues to work for chimpanzees. Even with all our successes, there is still much to be done. Watch for our next steps. Meanwhile, I have news. News that one of our new scientific advisors called “visionary”! The program, one of several NEAVS is launching, promises to be as impacting as our decision a decade ago to focus on chimpanzees. Think about this…
According to NPR: “17% of cardiac surgeons are women, 17% of tenured professors are women. It just goes on and on. And isn’t that strange that that’s also the percentage of women in crowd scenes in movies? What if we’re actually training people to see that ratio as normal … ?”
Hmmm, just when we felt progress for American women was being made, we have reminders of how much is left to do – particularly for women in science. As we partnered in our chimp work, this time NEAVS partners with our affiliate the American Fund for Alternatives to Animal Research to launch a Fellowship Grant serving animals and women.
Years ago, we learned high school girls are more likely to oppose dissection. When not allowed
their choice of conscience, compassion becomes their road block to science careers. This has to stop. And so, NEAVS’ nationwide dissection choice work continues, with sights on New Hampshire to make for a 100% Dissection Choice New England!
Now on to medical and graduate school. Women who make it to this level include many committed to cruelty-free alternatives. The NEAVS/AFAAR Fellowship Grant welcomes them by funding their projects to launch their post-doc careers. Why women? Because it is where great inequality and hope for science lies.
Investigations show results of clinical trials (mostly on men) further distort animal research results, because what might be true for a male human is not necessarily true for a female. Sex differences in disease process, and the cures and drugs to prevent and treat, are another indictment of the myth that we can safely use other species to predict human outcomes.
The NEAVS/AFAAR Fellowship Grant is further testament against using animals for human health research. It builds momentum for our established and growing arguments that other species cannot apply to humans as we look at how not even results from men can be reliably and predictively applied to women – genetically identical but for one chromosome.
On behalf of animals and compassionate scientists, thank you for your support.
Theodora Capaldo, EdD