Close the gender pay gap in medicine

On June 10, 1963, the Equal Pay Act was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy, amending the previous Fair Labor Standards Act.  Under this law, pay disparities between men and women were clearly prohibited. More than fifty-five years later, women are still fighting to be paid the same as men holding the same jobs.

Gender pay disparities exist among all professions. Not only does a pay gap exist for physicians, that gap appears to be widening, rising 2 percent just from last year. In a survey conducted by Medscape, it was found that male specialists earn 26.5 percent more than their female colleagues. In another large study conducted by Doximity, male physicians earned 27.7 percent more than female physicians. Several studies found similar results, which held true for hours worked and position held. Despite working the same hours at an equal job, women doctors earn less than men, and this has been found true across many studies.

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