Gender Inequity in the House of Medicine

Updated: Feb 25


Today, Dr. Ken Milne joins us to discuss the gender inequity that persists in medicine. he discusses how to be a #HeforShe in medicine and shares FACTS about gender inequality as well as link to gender equity research.

This post contains affiliate links. SheMD will make a commission at no extra cost to you should you click the link and make a purchase. Read our disclosure for more info.


There is a long history of gender inequity in our society. It was 100 years ago that the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified protecting citizens right to vote that could not be abridged on the account of sex (Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution). The Women’s suffrage movement is documented in many other countries.


There is also a long history of gender inequity in the house of medicine. Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman physician to graduate in America from New York's Geneva Medical College in 1849. She experienced difficulty getting a job and practicing medicine. Challenges continue to face women physicians.