STATES CHRONICLE – There’s no denying that despite almost a century passing since women were first allowed to vote in the United States, there is still discrimination going on against the fairer sex. And few things are more obvious that the results of the study that says that fewer women than mustaches are found in medical leadership positions.
After earlier this year a study found that more people named John and David are CEOs of American companies than women, a different study went ahead to check the prevalence of women and mustaches in American leadership positions in hospitals.
The results were not very inspiring towards gender equality.
According to the study led by Mackenzie Wehner and published in the British Medical Journal, 13% out of 1,018 medical heads are women, while mustaches are in charge in 19% of cases.
The study authors wanted to spread awareness regarding the sexism still present in medical institutions by comparing the ones in leading roles to mustaches, since mustaches aren’t really that common either.
For quantification, the researchers determined a mustache to be on any person with hair on their upper lip, regarding of whether it was coupled with a beard, or if the person sporting the mustache was male or female.
The prevalence of women in American hospitals has grown significantly since the ‘60s, with 50% of med students being female, but their absence from leadership roles is still very much noticeable. For example, only about 21% of full academic professors are women.
The only women who accounted for more than 20% of leadership positions were found in particular departments.
The following fields numbered more women in leadership positions than 20%: emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, dermatology, pediatrics, and family medicine.
The psychiatry, pathology and anesthesiology departments were found to be having the highest concentration of mustaches.
The study speaks volumes regarding the high level of discrimination against women in the medical field.
Even though the situation isn’t as bad as it was a few years ago, things still look quite dire for a woman attempting to climb the rungs of the hierarchy in the medical sector.
Awareness courses are being held at hospitals as well as at universities, and an attempt is being made to decrease the unconscious bias, along with the conscious one; however, we will have to wait a few years to find out whether it will work or not.
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