by SUZANNAH WEISS
Originally published: May 9, 2017
Women now make up almost a third of physicians and half of medical students in the U.S., but that doesn't mean they're being treated as equals. Women doctors—especially those with kids—still face rampant discrimination, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine Journal.
The researchers surveyed 5,782 members of an online group for female doctors with children about their experiences with different types of workplace discrimination, including gender, race, and pregnancy. Altogether, an enraging 77.9 percent had faced some form of discrimination or another. Two thirds had experienced gender discrimination, and 35.8 faced maternal discrimination, particularly during pregnancy (89.6 percent) and maternity leave (48.4 percent). Two in five had been unfairly treated based on both their gender and their status as mothers.
The most common forms of discrimination the doctors reported were disrespectful treatment by staff, exclusion from administrative decision making, and unequal pay; 31.5 percent of doctors who faced maternity discrimination said they were receiving less money or benefits than their male coworkers. This is true across the board: Female doctors are victims of an even bigger wage gap than women overall, making 74 percent of what men do, according to a report from medical networking site Doximity. That's $91,000 less per year. Among doctors teaching at medical schools, the gap is less enormous but still too big: Women make $20,000 less than men annually, according to a study published in JAMA last year.