Women Doctors in Art

A recent article highlighting medical services and doctors in art told a story that is common: women doctors are not being recognized. The article highlights ten famous paintings and not one of them depicts a woman doctor. While this is not surprising considering the eras in which they were painted, it is discouraging for women…

My COVID-19 Journal – Day 94

Today I was clearing off the dinner table after hosting my son’s birthday party when I heard the loveliest sound. It was the sound of a jet plane taking off from the Ottawa airport. I was mesmerized. I stopped and listened. I listened in much the same way that I had when I was small…

The Letter

There is nothing quite like getting a letter in the mail. Do you remember about twenty years ago when you would receive a letter from overseas? It would arrive in a light almost weightless envelope, covered with Par Avion/Airmail stickers. Depending on the sender and their familiarity with North American address conventions, it inevitably contained…

Invisible and Unrepresented

In between the celebrating and resting of a long holiday weekend, I have found myself doing research on the Canadian Medical Protective Association(CMPA). On Friday, I found this tweet of the candidates for a position on the CMPA Council and was incredulous at the fact that no women were running: (CMPA Promoted tweet) The Canadian…

New York State of Mind

Once again this year I will represent Medical Women’s International Association at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, in New York City. I keep pondering the irony that the priority theme of this year’s Commission is Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls and…

#MeToo

Over the past week, the systematic victimization of women in Hollywood by a serial sexual predator has caused many women to look at their own life experience and consider whether they have also been the victims of sexual harassment, or worse, in their workplace. Today I have been watching the intensity of the #MeToo campaign…

Seria Una Cruz Verde?

I am watching the news from the Venezuelan election and wondering what I would do if I were a doctor in Venezuela today. The election is the most recent assault on the people of Venezuela by their President, Nicolas Maduro. By the end of the day, or within a few more days, he will become…

One Hundred Years of Women Doctors

Over the next ten years, various women’s medical organizations from around the world will be celebrating their centenaries. I was contemplating this while attending the Centenary of Britain’s Medical Women’s Federation last week. The American Medical Women’s Association celebrated its Centennial in 2015. The Federation of Medical Women of Canada was founded in 1924 and…

Women’s Rights and Medical Women

Most of us know that the world’s leaders met this past weekend at the United Nations to discuss and commit to sustainable development goals. They formally agreed to a set of goals that they hope to bring to completion by 2030: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=51968#.VgkpN3ldGUk This was the second agreement of its kind, the first agreement, the United…