Following the same pattern as the majority of other industries, healthcare places a variety of challenges on female physicians, including implicit bias, payment and promotion gaps, and sexual harassment. It’s not shocking, then, that while equal numbers of men and women graduate from medical school, only a small percentage of women doctors become leaders in the field. In the United States, only 3% of healthcare CEOs are women; 6% are department chairs; 9% are division chiefs; and 3% serve as chief medical officers. Worse still is the fact that women comprise 80% of the healthcare workforce and research shows that women in upper management and on corporate boards typically improve financial performance and enhanced accountability for healthcare companies.
It’s clear that the industry needs to change and improve female representation in leadership. But how to achieve that? Read more in the Harvard Business Review.
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