Advancing women in science, medicine, and global health

Elsevier, The Lancet, Volume 393, Number 10171, 9 February 2019, pages 493-610. 

This special issue from The Lancet focusses on SDG 5 (gender equality) within science, medicine, and global health, contributing to SDG 3 (good health and wellbeing).  This issue also contributes to SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and SDG 10 (reduced inequalities).

The Lancet's special issue on advancing women in science, medicine, and global health, contains new international evidence on forms of gender bias in funding; women’s attrition in clinical training programmes; the extent to which universities worldwide have actualised their public commitments to gender and ethnic diversity; and the relationship between women’s leadership in science and the production of sex/gender-related research.

New analysis and commentary establish the importance of feminist and masculinity theories, and problematise organisational strategies for increasing gender diversity in medicine and science. The importance of intersectionality, learning from the Global South, and the under-recognition of women’s experience of harassment and abuse are key themes.

Collectively, the theme issue lays out robust evidence to inform an action plan for institutional leaders to confront gender bias, improve diversity and inclusivity, and drive change. Strategies to redress inequalities are not just women’s issues—they require the full participation of everyone in deeper explanations and solutions.

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The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Pages 604-608.

Contributing to SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and SDG 4 (quality education), this viewpoint piece explores USA and UK women's participation in higher education and their representation as researchers and leaders in science, medicine and global health fields.
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The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Pages 526-527.

Contributing to SDG 5 (gender equality), this correspondence explores Yemeni women's underrepresentation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The article discusses the challenges women face because of their societies' cultures and institutional rules.
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The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Pages e15-e16.

Focussing on SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), this correspondence discusses gender equity in academic medicine. In particular, this piece explores women's lag behind men in leadership positions. Transparent hiring processes should be adopted, institutionalising best practices to proactively attract and hire diverse leadership candidates.
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The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Page 14.

This correspondence contributes to SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), discussing gender gaps within the healthcare industry. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has sought to address the challenge of inspiring women to aspire towards leadership roles as a key strategic goal.
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The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Pages 512-514.

Directly contributing to SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 4 (quality education), this report investigates sexual harassment incidents within academia and discusses the uprising of online naming and shaming of sexual harassment culprits.
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The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Pages 517-518.

Directly contributing to SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and SDG 10 (reduced inequalities), this perspective piece discusses sociocultural constructs and patterns within sub-Saharan Africa surrounding cancer. There remains a stigma around cancer which continuous to risk women with cancer loosing their source of livelihood or family support.
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The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Pages 23-24.

This correspondence piece contributes to SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), exploring the empowerment of women in science within France and further French colonies.
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The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Pages 497-499.

Contributing to SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and SDG 5 (gender equality), this commentary explores if the genetics, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and health-care experience of women and girls remain under-addressed in the health sciences.
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The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Page 493.

Contributing to SDGs 3 (good health and well-being), 5 (gender equality) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), this editorial piece discusses the need for men, researchers, clinicians, institutional leaders and medical journals to improve gender equity and support feminism within the fields of science, medicine and global health.
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The Lancet, Volume 393, Issue 10171, 9–15 February 2019, Pages 508-510.

Contributing to SDG 5 (gender equality), this commentary explores gender gaps within the academic publishing system.