Gender Discrimination Among Physicians: Why Do Women Earn Less Than Men?
For the same job descriptions, it is becoming apparent that women are earning less than their male counterparts. This has been the trend among even some of the leading physicians in the world according to a number of research initiatives that have been conducted with the primary objective of trying to get the root cause of the disparity. Among the medical physicians in the United States of America, women medical physicians were found to make approximately $15,000 less as compared to their male counterparts.
It is worth noting that the women also put in extra shifts and work overtime in addition to staying at night in the hospitals. According to the American Medical Association, the disparity has been increasing over the last couple of years and recently reached 47% in earning income differences.
This is an inequality that exists in our society and one that will continue to thrive if the attitude that is directed to women medical physicians is not altered. Further to this, the tragic part is that most of the stakeholders seem resigned to fate and have kept quiet over the matter for a long time now. In order to put this inequality in to perspective, it is important to consider that among medical physicians, there are almost twice as many women as there are men on active duty. The hours that are worked also compare favorably in favor of the women. The political sphere has definitely played its part in keeping this status quo. However, with the presidential elections edging ever closer, it is widely expected that this disparity will be addressed in the policies of the office contenders and forgotten as soon as they step in to the coveted office. The legal framework that has been enacted also does not seem to have any positive mechanisms to address this inequality.
In conclusion, the inequality can and will only be addressed if the attitude towards women medical physicians is altered first and foremost. We need to appreciate the integral and essential role that these individuals play and actually translate this to equal pay for equal work. As a complimentary step, the legal framework needs to be structured in such a manner that ensures that there is no room for inequality in whatever context. Every input by different stakeholders is required in order to ensure that this process is successful.