Over the past months, we celebrated National Women Physicians Day on February 3, 2020, and International Women’s Day on March 8, 2020. National Women Physicians Day was established only 4 years ago in 2016 on the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the US in 1849. On one hand, these days of recognition may seem artificial or contrived. Yet, they give us an opportunity for reflection and allow us to recognize female leaders who have paved the way, inspire a future generation of women to enter the profession, and call attention to the challenges ahead. As Sheryl Sandberg has said, “we cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.”1 National Women Physicians Day helps to bring awareness to sex disparities that exist in medicine.
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