It is 2020—a special year for ophthalmologists and an appropriate time to reflect on the state of our field. In this issue of JAMA Ophthalmology, Camacci and colleagues1 highlight yet another area where women lag behind men in ophthalmology. Evaluating the sex composition of 15 ophthalmology societies and 20 ophthalmic journals, the authors found that approximately one-quarter of the members of society and editorial boards were women, which seems reasonable when one considers that women make up approximately one-quarter of practicing ophthalmologists in the US. However, a completely different picture emerged for the leadership positions. Only 2 of 15 society presidents (13.3%) were women in 2018, and only 1 of the 20 journals (4.2%) included had a female editor in chief during the time of this study. Granted, these data might change, depending on the societies included and the year the data were acquired, but still, it is clear that there is room for improvement.
Identify all potential conflicts of interest that might be relevant to your comment.
Conflicts of interest comprise financial interests, activities, and relationships within the past 3 years including but not limited to employment, affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria or payment, speaker's bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents planned, pending, or issued.
Err on the side of full disclosure.
If you have no conflicts of interest, check "No potential conflicts of interest" in the box below. The information will be posted with your response.
Not all submitted comments are published. Please see our commenting policy for details.
Colby K. Sex Diversity in Ophthalmology Leadership in 2020—A Call for Action. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020;138(5):458–459. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.0188
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: