Although a recent study showed that hospital mortality and readmission rates were lower for Medicare patients treated by female than male physicians,1 women physicians are paid less,2 are less likely to be promoted,3 and, on average, spend 8.5 more hours per week on household activities,4 even after adjusting for age, experience, specialty, clinical revenue, and research productivity. One mechanism may be that in current work environments, childbearing and child rearing may limit opportunities and advancement for women physicians. It is not known, however, how motherhood specifically affects perceived discrimination among women physicians.
Adesoye T, Mangurian C, Choo EK, Girgis C, Sabry-Elnaggar H, Linos E, for the Physician Moms Group Study Group. Perceived Discrimination Experienced by Physician Mothers and Desired Workplace ChangesA Cross-sectional Survey. JAMA Intern Med. 2017;177(7):1033–1036. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.1394