Edited by Helen Lawton Smith, Colette Henry, Henry Etzkowitz and Alexandra Poulovassilis
Chapter 7: Resistance to women in academic medicine
While medicine is attracting women and men equally at undergraduate level, academic medicine remains dominated by a masculine ethos. Although numbers of women are gradually increasing, many women remain in the lower ranks. The culture of academic medicine may share characteristics with other science and business environments, so by considering the research looking at women’s perspectives on working in this field, light may be shed on why women enter, remain in or leave such cultures. This chapter explores the attractions, or discouragements, and some of the psychological perspectives of how women regard the culture and how the culture regards them once they are in post.
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