BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Gender equity is a very old dispute and it is especially discussed when it comes to careers but who would have though there are more mustaches in the medical leadership than women?
It is well-known that many surveys have been done to determine whether women are not receiving the same treatment as their men colleagues at the workplace. It was found that very often women with the same skills, same level of education and same level of experience as their men co-workers are paid less or have fewer chances of getting a promotion.
This is one of the main reasons why in the world management positions are usually taken by men, while female managers are to be found more rarely. The same situation can be encountered in the U.S. medical schools where there are about 13% women with leadership positions, the rest being taken by men.
However, what is more surprising and quite funny at the same time is that a big part of the males from top positions have mustaches. Now you might be wondering what’s funny in that. “Funny” is that the number of men with moustaches having leading positions is 19% which as you can observe, is higher than the total number of women. Therefore, mustaches are more popular than women when it comes to medical leadership.
The team which has done this research did not choose to look into the moustache problem for nothing. They knew moustaches are quite rare, many people considering them very old fashioned. But as it turns out, in medical departments, women are even rarer than mustaches.
All types of moustaches were taken into consideration including the ones which were combined with a beard. However, men who had beards but no mustaches were not taken into consideration.
Of course the gender of the leadership can differ depending on the department. For example when it comes to specialties such as obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine, pediatrics or dermatology, it looks like women leaders are more than 20 percent.
The departments with the biggest number of mustaches are pathology, anesthesiology and psychiatry. What’s left to be done in order to try and equal the numbers is either to higher more women or to start shaving mustaches.
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