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While initiatives like the Athena SWAN charter work to address gender imbalance in higher education, online support groups are fighting for equal representation – and equal recognition – in the wider world. We ask those championing change why, in a post #MeToo era, female ophthalmologists need support more than ever.
Phoebe Harkin |
“On the surface, one might question why Women in Ophthalmology is still relevant today. The number of female ophthalmology graduates stands between 40 and 50 percent, but admitting more women into residency alone does not achieve parity. When you look at the number of women serving as leaders in organized medicine, receiving major awards for their work or speaking at the podium, the numbers plummet dramatically” says Lisa Nijm, president of Women in Ophthalmology, the group creating safe spaces for women to talk, collaborate and network worldwide. “At WIO, we recognize this deficiency and strive to educate our members on the tools they need for success. We collaborate with our supporters and sponsors to open the door to new opportunities for women ophthalmologists, and showcase our members’ talents to achieve their desired leadership goals.”
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