Editor—In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to have an American medical degree conferred upon her. Since the Second World War, the number of women in medicine has increased steadily.
1Comprising only 9% of the total number of students in USA medical schools in 1969, women now account for more than half of medical students. Despite these growing numbers, gender inequity is still prevalent in today's medical workforce,
1especially in positions of leadership. This disparity is prevalent across medical schools worldwide.
Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. Gender equity metrics.
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Accepted: December 13, 2019
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