Bridging the Gender Gap
There is a need for better mentorship and stronger networks in ophthalmology
Maryse Bailly, Samantha de Silva, Tunde Peto | | Opinion
Gender inequality in ophthalmology and vision sciences is well described, but its causes are wide-ranging, making it difficult to know how best to address the gender gap. The Royal College of Ophthalmologists reports that only 31 percent of consultant ophthalmologists in the UK are female(1) and studies show that female principal investigators (PIs) on average obtain research grants with smaller monetary value than their male counterparts, especially early in their career(2). According to a recent survey of UK scientists, female PIs also have fewer staff and less access to laboratory space than their male peers (3). But what practical steps can be taken to help?
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