Abstract

This research explores the visibility of women physicians, specifically in gynecology and obstetrics. It focuses upon their perspectives of gender inequity and sexual harassment within their broader profession and individual daily workplace. This study explores the medical and STEM women’s awareness and understanding of sexual and gender microaggressions within their professions by interviewing six women physicians. I analyze these narratives in relation to the #MeToo movement and how this movement gives visibility to the voices of women across workforces, including medicine, STEM, and other academic areas. This study shows the ongoing need to develop deeper conversations and interventions about women doctors’ experiences with gender discrimination and sexual harassment. This study adds a feminist interdisciplinary discussion of women physicians paving the way for further research across all specialties of medicine where women occupy space. My methods include five telephone and one in-person interviews and review of public statements such as medical professional associations and other public discourses. I analyze the women’s narratives alongside how the #MeToo movement has intervened on behalf of women in medicine. My data showed how the women experienced microaggressions whether they realized it or not. From men in positions of power and written rules within hospitals written by men, women were placed at a disadvantage within the workplace. Further research can be implemented to study the intersectional identities along with gender in medical specialties.

Thesis Completion

2020

Semester

Summer

Thesis Chair

Falu, Nessette

Degree

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

College

College of Sciences

Degree Program

Anthropology

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

Release Date

8-1-2020

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Anthropology Commons

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