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February 27, 1991

Women in Academic Medicine

Author Affiliations

Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif

Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif

JAMA. 1991;265(8):975-976. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460080045020

To the Editor.—  The article by Nickerson et al1 was certainly encouraging news regarding the plight of women physicians in academia. Unfortunately, Dr Schaller's Commentary2 embodies the "Woe is me" mentality that continues to be expressed by those who believe instant advancement ought to have been accomplished yesterday.Academia really is no different from any other form of business. Anyone who belongs to a minority in a field for any length of time must always prove that he or she can perform at the top. Women are capable of anything that men are, and this should be proved with time and numbers of women physicians in the field. Women have done well to minimize sexual stereotypes—we don't think that every time a man and woman converse, they are to be suspected of monkey business.With regard to childbearing and child raising, it is unfair to say that a