National Women Physicians Day and What It Means to Women

National Women Physicians Day and What It Means to Women (Image Source: Shutterstock)

What Is National Women Physicians Day?

National Women Physicians Day is celebrated every year on the anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, who was the very first female physician in the United States. The day is a celebration of all female physicians across the nation and the progress they have made. At the same time, it highlights the gender inequities which still exist.

First Female Physician In The United States (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Female Physicians

There have been many other female pioneers in the field of medicine. For example, in 1864, Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first black woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.

Gender Equity

While it is true that advancements have been made in terms of gender equity in the medical profession, it must also be acknowledged that there is a long way to go to achieve parity. According to a position paper published by the American College of Physicians in 2018, 34 percent of active physicians were women, with 46 percent of physicians-in-training being women.

Becoming Aware of The Disparities Between The Genders In The Medical Profession. (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Women’s Equality Day

Another national day that champions gender equality issues is Women’s Equality Day. This is celebrated annually on August 26th. Both of these days provide an opportunity to learn about the benefits of having women in positions of leadership, both in the medical community and elsewhere. There is interesting research on emotional intelligence in leadership and how it differs between the sexes.

How to Support Women Physicians Day

Becoming aware of the disparities between the genders in the medical profession is a good start to supporting female physicians. But there is more we can all do. Here are three actions you can take . . .

Give Support to National Women Physicians Day (Image Source: Shutterstock)
  • Recognize, acknowledge, and show appreciation for the female physicians in your local community. Do this every day, but especially on February 3rd.
  • Show your support for female doctors by posting on social media. Share whatever you like to highlight the profession. This might include stories of female pioneers in medicine or personal anecdotes about female physicians who have touched your life. Use the following hashtags to reach as many people as possible: #NationalWomenPhysiciansDay or #WomenPhysiciansDay.
  • Encourage the young women in your life to pursue education, the sciences, and, possibly, medicine as a career path.

Summary

Mark February 3rd on your calendar and give your support to National Women Physicians Day by showing appreciation for female doctors both in person and online. In addition, I encourage you to hold out science and medicine as a potential career path for the young women in your life.

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