A recent article highlighting medical services and doctors in art told a story that is common: women doctors are not being recognized. The article highlights ten famous paintings and not one of them depicts a woman doctor. While this is not surprising considering the eras in which they were painted, it is discouraging for women …

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About 30 years ago, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole was one of my favourite books. I read it over and over. As a psychiatrist who sees adolescents, the reflections of Sue Townsend’s 13 year old hero reminded me of all my young patients – he still does today. However, the other element of this …

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Joan Anderson became an inspiration to middle-aged women with her book A Year by the Sea. After the book became popular, Anderson started to host weekend retreats for women who needed to reconnect with themselves and find meaning in their lives. A Weekend to Change Your Life: Find Your Authentic Self After a Lifetime of …

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Once again this year I will represent Medical Women’s International Association at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, in New York City. I keep pondering the irony that the priority theme of this year’s Commission is Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls and …

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As International Women’s Day approaches, I wanted to mention a short book, adopted from a TEDx talk that you could read to reflect on what feminism means in this #MeToo age. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an award-winning novelist from Nigeria and she wrote We Should All Be Feminists. Adichie argues that “Boys and girls are …

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An article that I read recently emphasized how long and how unsuccessfully women physicians have been struggling to improve their working conditions to the point where they might be able to find some time with families along the road to career success. It is over 40 years since I was a fresh-faced seventeen year old …

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