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Subtle sexism isn’t good enough… Making waves with a “DO ask DO tell” movement

Recently, the term “subtle sexism” has started making its rounds in the medical field to describe the current state of affairs of the gender equity movement.  With overt sexism allegedly gone by the wayside, we are left instead with an unspoken expectation to just accept what remains as “boys will be boys.”

For decades, women have been hacking away at medical school admission rates as well as residency and faculty appointments, trying to level the playing field for generations of female physicians-to-come.  Despite significant progress, however, the “old boys club” attitude still makes its way into our professional lives and women are forced to constantly decide between submissive acceptance of discriminatory behavior or seeking potentially career-damaging justice.  Unfortunately, the former tends to win out and sexist discrimination devolves into mere folklore echoing throughout the halls of medicine.  Students watch their seniors’ behaviors and learn that disrespecting females is status quo.  We just don’t talk about it.

We at WomenMD Resources are here to say we expect better.

We frequently hear stories from coworkers and colleagues detailing the frustrations of being a female in medicine.  Just get a few female students, residents, or physicians together and in a matter of time, the stories they’ll share will truly highlight the rampant prejudices that still exist.

I am here to give a voice to those stories.

What have you experienced?  Maybe it didn’t happen to you, but you saw it or heard about it.  Send me your stories of gender bullying using the form below and through this blog, we can give a voice to the inequalities faced by women in medicine today.

By collecting these stories, we can create an oral history of the unspoken inequities still faced.  We can provide a safe outlet for women to vent their frustrations with the status quo.  We can fuel the momentum of our ongoing initiative for “DO ask, DO tell” discrimination.

We are breaking the silence.  We are asking.  Tell us.

Note: Stories will be collected and reviewed for themes prior to publishing.  All stories will remain completely anonymous with names, hospitals, universities, and departments de-identified in order to protect privacy and encourage open honesty.

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