The Lancet Makes its Case for Gender Equality

Today in London, The Lancet launched a sweeping new theme issue on advancing women in science, medicine and global health.

  • In one piece, researchers zero in on Peru’s gender pay gaps in medicine.
  • Another surveys sexual harassment in Canadian medical schools. It finds that despite institutional protocols, women still suffer from “the dual vulnerabilities of being learners and women.”
  • As the world faces a shortage of ~18 million health workers by 2030 and “deplorable” stagnation in women’s labor participation, it is crucial to invest in advancing female health workers, notes an accompanying correspondence

The special issue is just the beginning: The Lancet notes that feminism “is for everybody—for men and women, researchers, clinicians, funders, institutional leaders, and, yes, even for medical journals.”

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