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Comment & Response
January 2017

Sex Bias—Beyond Pay Inequity

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Winston Salem, North Carolina
JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(1):139. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.7459

To the Editor The Original Investigation by Jena and colleagues1 concerning sex differences in physician salaries published in a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine is objective documentation of the ongoing sex bias in academic medicine. In a survey of National Institutes of Health career development awardees, Jagsi and colleagues2 reported that almost one-third of women report sexual harassment and almost two-thirds of women report sex bias in professional advancement. These analyses document, with promises of confidentiality, the outcomes and places of sex bias. However, we need to move beyond the reporting of statistics to share the emotional stresses and the subsequent loss of women’s aspirations for influential leadership, which either fade or are obstructed. More than ever, we need transformative leaders of both sexes to meet the challenges of health care.

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