Phyllis Greenberger is President and CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research, a national non-profit organization founded in 1990 to improve the health of women through research, education, and advocacy. Twenty years ago, most medical research focused on young, healthy, white men; the conventional thinking was that women were just “little men.” Today, thanks to the efforts of Phyllis and her organization, scientists recognize that women are different from men in many ways, and that research into drugs, diagnostic tools, and treatment must be tailored to their needs.
In her interview, Phyllis looks back at the evolution of her career from social worker to policy expert, the founding of the Society, and the ongoing difficulties women encounter in the field of medical research and funding. She also addresses the challenges of combining family and professional life and offers advice to young women who are starting their careers.
The mother of three adult sons, Phyllis is married to journalist Robert Greenberger.
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Excerpts from an interview conducted by Deborah Ross on March 14, 2011.