Perspective: Sistas in science - Cracking the glass ceiling

Athena Starlard-Davenport*, Alisa Rich, Titilope Fasipe, Eboni I. Lance, Kehinde Adekola, Ariadna Forray, Mesia Steed, Ashley Fitzgerald, Scharri Walker, Betty S. Pace

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In this perspective, we describe our experience as women of color scientists from diverse backgrounds and similar struggles embarking upon the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute-funded program called PRIDE (Programs to Increase Diversity among Underrepresented Minorities Engaged in Health-Related Research). Under the leadership of our mentor and friend, Betty Pace, MD, a renowned and successful African American physician-scientist, the PRIDE Program was designed to address the difficulties experienced by junior-level minority investigators in establishing independent research programs and negotiating tenure and full professor status at academic institutions. The strength of PRIDE's innovative formula was pairing us with external senior mentors and, importantly, allowing us to serve as peer mentors to each other. We believe this “Sister's Keeper” paradigm is one solution for women to overcome their limitations and extend understandings and best practices worldwide for science, medicine, and global health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-578
Number of pages4
JournalEthnicity and Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018


  • Underrepresented Minorities in Research
  • Women in Science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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