#IToo

Elsevier, The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Pages 529-530.
Authors: 
Marceline Tutu van Furth and Mpho Tutu van Furth

I am Marceline van Furth, a 58-year-old Dutch woman and one of the first female professors in paediatric infectious diseases in the Netherlands. I am chair in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Amsterdam University Medical Center. I am married to Mpho Tutu, a 54-year-old South African woman. Mpho is an Episcopal priest, a published author, an artist, and was the founding Executive Director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. We have both achieved successes in fields that are, traditionally, unwelcoming to women. I am a white western woman engaged in global medicine, while my wife is a black African woman in theology and the Christian ministry. We represent the challenges and opportunities faced by disparate professional women. The issues we are confronting in terms of women's access to positions of power in medicine, global health, or science are not new issues and neither are the solutions. We believe our stories can be helpful to other women. By telling our stories generation to generation, and woman to woman, we can identify, learn, and hone the lessons and skills that enable us to create a world in which women and girls flourish.