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While there is a tendency to think that certain white collar professions are perhaps immune to discrimination owing to the education, skill set and education of workers, this is far from the reality.
Indeed, those harboring any doubts should consider a recently published study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine by researchers at the University of California San Francisco examining the degree to which physicians who are mothers have experienced discrimination.
The researchers, motivated by the conversations found on the message boards of a 70,000-plus physician-mother online community, devised a survey asking these same physician mothers about their general health, burnout and any on-the-job inequity they’ve experienced.
Somewhat shockingly, the nearly 6,000 respondents to the survey, who practice across a wide range of specialties and settings, revealed the following about their experiences in the medical field:
The findings are especially important, say the researchers, given that half of all physicians are now women.
“Women physicians play such a crucial role in caring for patients, caring for their children and also teaching the next generation of physicians, and we really need to support them in the workplace,” said one of the primary authors.
To that end, some steps identified by the surveyed physician-mothers for promoting gender equality and improving the overall workplace included:
This is a truly eye-opening study. Here’s hoping the medical community is open to these and other changes …
If you believe you’ve been victimized by any form of workplace discrimination and would like to learn more about your options, consider speaking with a skilled legal professional who can explain the law, answer your questions and pursue solutions.
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