Women in Health Economics and Outcomes Research
The ISPOR Women in Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) initiative is open to all ISPOR members who have an interest in the advancement of women in the field—both women and men. Much research has demonstrated that diversity is a business/performance issue not a women’s issue. This initiative seeks to foster diversity in HEOR—with the knowledge that diversity in the field will result in better research and better healthcare decisions.
The vision for ISPOR’s Women in HEOR initiative is to:
- Support the growth, development, and contribution of women in HEOR
- Serve as a catalyst for women’s leadership in the field
- Offer a platform for ISPOR women to collaborate, network, share, and mentor each other
Women in HEOR conducted and analyzed a survey of the ISPOR membership in November 2018. The results of that survey can be found here.
Considerable research shows that diverse teams and organizations significantly outperform those without diversity. For example, a report by McKinsey & Company showed that:
- Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity were 15% more likely to have financial returns that were above their national industry median1
The data also show that women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are underrepresented.
- Averaged across regions, women accounted for less than a third (28.8%) of those employed in scientific research and development around the world in 20142
Additionally, research indicates that women in STEM earn less compared to men.
- In the United States, women in computer, engineering, and science occupations were paid an estimated 83% of men’s annual median earnings in 2013.3