Gender issues from the perspective of health-care professionals in Neuro-oncology: An EANO and EORTC Brain Tumor Group survey
Background: Women represent an increasing proportion of the overall workforce in medicine but are underrepresented in leadership roles. Methods: To explore gender inequalities and challenges in career opportunities, a web-based survey was conducted among the membership of the European Association of Neuro-Oncology and the Brain Tumor Group of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer. Results: A total of 228 colleagues responded to the survey: 129 women (median age 45 years; range, 25-66 years) and 99 men (median age 48 years; range, 24-81 years); 153 participants (67%) were married and 157 participants (69%) had at least 1 child. Women less often declared being married (60% vs 77%, P =. 007) or having a child (63% vs 77%, P =. 024). Men more frequently had a full-time position (88% vs 75%, P =. 036). Women and men both perceived an underrepresentation of women in leadership positions. Half of participants agreed that the most important challenges for women are leading a team and obtaining a faculty position. Fewer women than men would accept such a position (42% vs 56%). The main reasons were limited time for career and an inappropriate work and life balance. Women specifically cited negative discrimination, limited opportunities, and lack of self-confidence. Discrimination of women at work was perceived by 64% of women vs 47% of men (P =. 003). Conclusion: Women are perceived as experiencing more difficulties in acquiring a leadership position. Personal preferences may account for an underrepresentation of women in leadership positions, but perceived gender inequalities extend beyond disparities of access to leadership.
|Keywords||disparities, equality, leadership, oncology, women|
|Persistent URL||dx.doi.org/10.1093/nop/npz053, hdl.handle.net/1765/126618|
Le Rhun, E, Weller, M, Niclou, S.P. (Simone P), Short, S. (Susan), Piil, K. (Karin), Boele, F. (Florien), … Dirven, L. (2020). Gender issues from the perspective of health-care professionals in Neuro-oncology: An EANO and EORTC Brain Tumor Group survey. Neuro-Oncology Practice, 7(2), 249–259. doi:10.1093/nop/npz053