One upon a time, women were not allowed to vote. Or become doctors. Heck, women were not even allowed to go to school. Women were to stay at home, make babies and take care of babies.
Today we live in a day and age where women could be just as good as men. And vice versa. The same goes for gays and lesbians as well.
Or does it?
We may have come a long way from not allowing females to go to school and become doctors but we still have some ways to go before we can honestly say there is no more gender discrimination in medicine or in any career field for that matter.
1. Females would rather have a female obstetrician-gynecologist than a male OB-GYN.
2. Most female urologists are relegated to administrative positions rather than clinical practice. How many men do you know would prefer to have a female doctor examine their genitals when they're sick?
3. Surgery is still a male dominated specialty. Can you imagine a woman neurosurgeon standing for more than twelve hours doing a craniotomy? What if she has a breastfed baby at home and she has to pump milk and store it in the ref? What about when she's menstruating?
4. During my fellowship, I heard that a hospital was not accepting married females for residency or fellowship because they might get pregnant. Indeed. Williams and Novac never said a marriage licence is a prerequisite for fertilization.
As for the rest of the specialties I think the playing field should be about balanced for all possible genders, don't you agree?