World At Work: The Power of Allyship in Facilitating Female Leadership in Healthcare

During an interview for a job earlier in my career, a man once asked me if I was married. When I said yes, he followed up with, “Does your husband work?” I told him he was a physician. “Well then,” he replied, “it doesn’t really matter how much money you make, because you have a husband who’s bringing home money as well.”

Stories like these, of course, are unfortunately far from atypical — in healthcare and the workforce more broadly. But medicine is particularly hierarchal, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated longstanding gender bias and inequities. Women doctors earn an estimated $2 million less than men over the course of their careers. Advancement is tougher, too: women in academic centers are 38% less likely to be promoted to full professor than men.

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About Shikha Jain, MD FACP

I am a practicing, board-certified hematology/oncology physician in Chicago. I speak on topics ranging from the impact of social media on healthcare, how physicians can utilize social media, how to write Op-eds in the medical world, gender equity and barriers to career advancement, and topics in GI oncology and immunotherapy. My goal is to explain complicated topics in simple terms. I also enjoy writing and you can find some of my writing on this site. I am a mother to three amazing kids and married to a gastroenterologist. I look forward to connecting with you.

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