The Cons Of Changing Women In The Medical Field

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Over the years, the amount of women in the medical field has increased tremendously compared to back in the days when the medical field was mainly occupied by males. For example, in 1970, only 7.6% of females were physicians in the medical field but by 2000, the percentage of women that becomes physicians increased to 24% which is a huge increase in a pretty short amount of time. Although the amount of women in the medical field has increased, the amount of gender discrimination moves such as the glass ceiling has not. However, many solutions has been suggested and a few has been implemented to change women from being treated unequally by their male counterparts to treating them as almost equal. One solution that has been implemented to address …show more content…
Often, professional women has a difficult choice to choose either valuing their career more or their family more and this can weaken “… the health and strength of the family…” (CEJA Report G-A-93) In medicine, there are many female doctors that are mothers and they are discriminated more than typical female doctors. There many cons for female physicians for having early on in her profession. One of the cons is that having children can affect their opportunity to advance further in their career. Another con is that people see female doctors that take time out of medicine to raise a child is considered a “burden”. However, many solutions have been suggested and implanted by the country and also by some medical institutions like Harvard Medical School. In 1993, The Family and Medical Leave Act was issued to required employers that have “…50 or more employee to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in one year for the birth, adoption, or illness of a child.” (CEJA Report G-A-93) This bill allowed parents to take parental leave for a certain period of time without them getting fired. However, the parental leave in the United States is not the best compared to other countries which is a big con of the bill. In the picture on the right, it is a chart that shows paid family and medical leave for different countries. It is shown that the United States parental leave is way less …show more content…
They are the only solutions at the moment that can help out women in the medical field especially those that are mothers. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 gave opportunities for parents to leave for a certain period of time to help take their children without anything affecting their career. However, the period of time for leave can be increased way more than it is right now as the one in the United States have a dramatically shorter period of time for parental leave than other countries and increasing the period of time is a more plausible solution. However, increasing the time for parental leave can cause fewer doctors to be available for emergencies. However, the amount of time to allow parental doctors to spend more time with their family does outweigh the costs just a bit as although there would be a somewhat of a shortage of doctors available, but there is a greater increase of doctors in medical field as well so the shortage would not be

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