While women in medicine can say “We’ve come a long way, baby,” this year’s Women’s Luncheon speaker says there is still a long way to go to overcome the “micro-aggressions” many professional women face in the workplace that continue to have a profound impact.
Ann Danoff, MD, FACP, Past President of Association of Program Directors in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (APDEM) and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will address the statistics showing the impact of the history of inequality in her Women’s Luncheon address, “Female Physicians and the Future of Endocrinology” on Thursday, May 4 at 12:30 pm in Ballroom E-G.
“Many women internalize and personalize the numerous micro-aggressions they experience, and blame themselves. Therefore, the sense of validation by others with similar experiences can be particularly valuable,” said Dr. Danoff. “It is also critical, in the appropriate forum, to include men and gender fluid persons in the conversation – this is not a ‘women’s problem,’ it is a human problem, and will take all of us working collectively and collaboratively to rectify.”
Dr. Danoff will suggest individual and collective actions that can be taken in an effort to rectify gender inequity. She hopes her luncheon talk will bring to the surface these difficult issues and encourage attendees to address them in their own workplaces.
“I will also emphasize that until all of us (irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, race, socioeconomic status, etc.) have equal opportunity, we will fail to meet our potential as a species,” she said. “I hope that attendees will be more familiar with some of the data regarding gender inequity, that they have increased awareness of factors that contribute to that inequity, and that they take away a few concrete things they might try individually and collectively to improve their lot, as well as the lot of others.”