Women in High-Level Academic Medicine Regularly Paid Less

According to a new survey published by Stanford University School of Medicine and UC San Francisco, women at the highest levels of academic medicine are regularly paid less than men. Women make 88 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts, or about $70,000 to $80,000 per year less than men. 

“These women are at the top of their game,” said Eleni Linos, MD, MPH, a professor of dermatology at Stanford and one of the authors of the study. She said these women are experienced and skilled leaders who have reached the top positions at medical schools and “yet they are still paid less than their male peers when controlling for many factors.”

She continued, “Gender pay gaps are often blamed on women’s personal choices to reduce work hours or leave the workforce, household responsibilities, childcare or suboptimal negotiation skills. This study challenges those traditional explanations because our sample of medical department leaders have navigated these complex challenges and broken through the ‘glass ceiling.’”

She went on to say the study shows the pervasiveness of gender inequities at all levels of academic medicine. Researchers surveyed the salary information from 29 public medical schools in 12 states and found the $70,000-$80,000 a year pay disparities.

The Realist Woman’s take:

I feel like I’m constantly writing the same story. It’s such a shame that no matter how hard women work or how high they climb in their careers, they are consistently paid less than men for the same jobs. I’ve seen men online try to dance around this fact to prove otherwise, but the truth of the matter is, our society does not value any kind of work women participate in. And that is clearly shown in the way we are treated, hello #MeToo movement, and in how much we are paid. 

I truly believe it’s going to take some sort of policy to mandate equal pay in this country. If it happens without the law forcing it to happen, great. But I doubt it.


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