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Bridging the Gender Gap

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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About the Authors

Maryse Bailly

Associate Professor, University College London, UK


Samantha de Silva

Medical Retina fellow, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK


Tunde Peto

Clinical Professor at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

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