Dinner Still a Go for Women at D.C.'s Elite Cosmos Club
Source Newsroom: Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR)
Newswise — Washington, DC (August 20, 2013) – The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) founder Florence Haseltine, PhD, MD has committed to keeping the welcome mat out for both newcomers and returnees to monthly dinners at Washington, D.C.’s Cosmos Club.
Dr. Haseltine, a scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, kick started the monthly dinner in 1993 along with co-founder Mary Clutter, longtime head of biology at the National Science Foundation. The monthly dinners were seen as a chance for powerful women in Washington, DC to discuss topics that never came up during meeting-filled workdays.
“Many of the women had no social or professional network here,” says Dr. Haseltine.” Dinners were a chance for them to exchange information on how the systems work.”
At the height of its popularity, the dinners would almost outgrow the venue space attracting over 30 women at a time. It started when a group of local women decided to welcome their new peers in the Clinton administration with a monthly dinner.
Dr. Haseltine has a standing reservation at the Cosmos Club for every third Tuesday. Dr. Haseltine adds, “You can see what you’re eating, it’s got free parking, and the food is better than it used to be,” she says.
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