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[Perspectives] Women in medicine: deeds not words

As a neurology registrar, I worked in a department that ran social events that were exclusively for men. Male doctors were invited to golf outings, while female doctors stayed at work. Somebody had to hold the fort, after all. Cricket matches were more inclusive. Women could attend, but only to make the tea, not to play. This took place in 2003 in one of the UK’s foremost centres for neuroscience. I think of it any time I am faced with claims that women have equal opportunities to men in medicine and that any failure to achieve senior positions is out of a lifestyle choice.