A Crazy Percentage of Female Doctors Have Been Sexually Harassed

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It’s more clear than ever that sexual harassment is not only widespread, it’s experienced by women across all walks of life and career paths.


A recent survey from the University of Michigan Medical School published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a startling percentage of high-achieving female doctors have experienced sexual harassment during their careers. Researchers surveyed 1,066 mid-career doctors (both male and female, average age: 43), all of whom were recipients of the distinguished National Institutes of Health career-development award.

30 percent of the women said that they’d experienced sexual harassment. In terms of gender bias throughout their careers, 70 percent of the women said they perceived it, and 66 percent said they experienced it directly.

Associate professor and deputy chair of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan Medical School, Reshma Jagsi, who authored the study, said, “This is a sobering reminder that our society has a long way to go before we achieve gender equity.”