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 70

Somebody reading my weekend Journal made the following comment on Twitter that resonated with me: “Many of us lack the time needed to reflect on what stress management strategies would be truly helpful – particularly those of us who are juggling care responsibilities along with everything else.” This resonates with me because I consider myself…

Making: A Beautiful Periodical

There is nothing more exciting than getting mail! It is even better if the mail is a beautiful periodical – an example of masterful bookmaking. That is exactly what Making is. Making is published seasonally and contains “projects for knitters and makers”. As a knitter, I find that each issue contains very doable projects. I…

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…

We Should All Be Feminists

As International Women’s Day approaches, I wanted to mention a short book, adopted from a TEDx talk that you could read to reflect on what feminism means in this #MeToo age. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an award-winning novelist from Nigeria and she wrote We Should All Be Feminists. Adichie argues that “Boys and girls are…