Message from the President

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Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones

The Medical Women's Federation - Working for women's health and women doctors since 1917

The Medical Women's Federation was founded in 1917 and is today the largest and most influential body of women doctors in the UK.

MWF aims to:

  • Promote the personal and professional development of women in medicine

  • Improve the health of women and their families in society

MWF consistently works to change discriminatory attitudes and practices. MWF provides a unique network of women doctors in all branches of the profession, and at all stages from medical students to senior consultants. We aim to achieve real equality by providing practical, personal help from members who know the hurdles and have overcome them.


MWF has campaigned for many years for:

  • The development and acceptance of less than full time training and working patterns at all levels of the profession

  • Recognition and fair treatment of sessional doctors in general practice

  • The need for continuing medical education and a proper career structure for non-consultant hospital career grade practitioners

  • Family-friendly employment policies and childcare tax relief

  • Proper treatment for women who suffer sexual abuse or domestic violence

  • Abolition of female genital mutilation

  • Ensuring the needs of women patients and women doctors are considered in the planning and development of services

  • Ensuring women doctors are active in professional life - MWF members are active in a large range of organisations, including the Royal Colleges, BMA, GMC, Local Medical Committees and Postgraduate Deaneries.

Much progress has been made, but much more remains to be done!

Medical Women's Federation
Tavistock House North,
Tavistock Square, London,
Tel: 020 7387 7765