Women in Women's Health: Who Holds the Leadership Roles?

By Eva Martin, MD of Elm Tree Medical, Inc.

The vast majority- 80%- of new OBGYN residents are women, and the proportion of male and female OBGYNs is quickly shifting to majority female. Now, women OBGYNs hold 57% of faculty positions. So, as women take over the majority of positions in the specialty, are they also taking over proportional leadership roles? Are female OBGYNs as likely as male OBGYNs to be given opportunities to lead in women's health? Or, do we still face the same inequalities in the topmost positions as we have in the past?

A comprehensive study of this very question in the Green Journal led me to create this infographic representation of their findings on the state of women leaders in women's health. The Harvard research team collected data about the leadership (department chairs, residency directors, vice chairs, division directors...) from 950 academic departments in various specialties and compared OBGYN departments to the other specialties.

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We want to hear from you! Is your department chair male or female? Do you feel women in your department have the same leadership opportunities as men? What can we do to bridge the divide between increasing faculty representation but lagging leadership representation?