Gender equality

NIH director will no longer participate in all-male panels

In this image, Collins is sitting in a chair wearing a suit.
Collins speaks at a panel during the annual Milken Institute Global Conference on April 29, 2019. Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Francis S. Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, will no longer participate in all-male speaking panels, per a statement released on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Majority or all-male panels, or "manels," have received some public criticism in recent years for not incorporating women's voices and professional experiences, or for not considering those experiences as valuable as men's. From 2013 to 2018, "men outnumbered women 2 to 1 as event speakers," NPR reports.

Expert Voices

New programs are helping emerging markets businesses invest in women

Ivanka Trump seated next to Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde
Ivanka Trump and Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde. Photo: Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images

Efforts to bring more women into business, especially in emerging markets, are benefiting from new development funding and private sector initiatives.

Why it matters: When companies invest in women, they can see the benefits in their profits, employee productivity and communities, according to an International Finance Corporation report. Because women have often been excluded from the formal economy in emerging markets, that's where companies stand to gain the most.