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One third of female doctors have been sexually harassed


Washington : Thirty percent of female physicians face sexual harassment on the job, according to a recent study.

“This is a sobering reminder that our society has a long way to go before we achieve gender equity,” says study author Reshma Jagsi of the University of Michigan Medical School.

Researchers surveyed 1,066 men and women who had received a career development award between 2006-2009 from the National Institutes of Health.

Women were more likely than men to report both perceptions and experiences with gender bias: 70 percent of women vs. 22 percent of men perceived gender bias, and 66 percent of women vs. 10 percent of men said they experienced gender bias.

In addition, 30 percent of women compared to 4 percent of men said they had experienced sexual harassment in their professional careers.

“The perception among many of us is that this type of behavior is a thing of the past. So it’s sobering to see quite how many relatively young women in this sample reported experiences with harassment and discrimination,” Jagsi added.

The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (ANI)

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