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The Association for Women in Science, or AWIS, founded in 1971, was a product of the annual Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. After its inception, the group appointed an executive director, created an office in Washington D.C., and started branches throughout the country. The association’s early work included lawsuits fighting for better representation in the field. Some of the goals of the organization are to reduce discrimination, lower pay, and professional isolation. The current association meets to focus on things such as fair compensation and work-life integration.