The path forward: Using metrics to promote equitable work environments

Catherine Cansino, Kajal Khanna, Xenia Johnson Bhembe, Barbara Overholser, Helen R. Burstin, Nancy D. Spector

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Women continue to be underrepresented in medicine, especially in senior leadership positions, and they experience challenges related to gender bias and sexual harassment. Women who are members of multiple groups that experience marginalization, including, for example, women who are American Indian, Alaskan native, indigenous, Black, or Hispanic, face a compounded challenge. In this article, we explore how institutions and professional organizations in medicine can use metrics to better understand the structural disparities that create and promote gender inequity in the work environment and how to employ these metrics to track progress in narrowing these gaps. Examples in health care (clinical medicine, scientific organizations, scientific publishing), business, and law are used to illustrate how impactful metrics can promote accountability when coupled with transparent reporting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2021051440G
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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