Background While the global workforce is approaching gender parity, women occupy a small number of management level positions across most professions, including healthcare. Although the inclusion of women into the membership of many oncology societies has increased, the under-representation of women in leadership roles within international and national oncology societies remains relatively consistent. Moreover, the exact status of women participating as board members or presidents of oncology societies or as speakers at oncology congresses was undocumented to date. Methods The database used in this analysis was derived from data collection performed by the European Society for Medical Oncology for the years 2015-2016 and data analyses performed using the Statistical Analysis Software V.9.3 and R language for statistical computing V.3.4.0 by Frontier Science Foundation-Hellas. The literature search was performed by the authors. Results We report the presence of a gender gap within oncology. Results regarding the under-representation of women occupying leadership roles in oncology show female participation as members of the board or presidents of national and international oncology societies and as invited speakers at oncology congresses remains below 50% in the majority of societies included in this analysis. Women in leadership positions of societies was associated with a higher percentage of female invited speakers at these societies' congresses (p=0.006). Conclusion The full contribution that can be attained from using the potential of women in leadership roles is currently under-realised. Examples of how gender and minority participation in organisations improves outcomes and creativity are provided from science, clinical practice and industry that show outcomes are greatly improved by collective participation of both men and women. Although there are programmes in place in many oncology organisations to improve this disparity, the gender gap is still there. Ongoing discussion may help to create more awareness in the effort to accelerate the advancement of women within oncology.
Report on the status of women occupying leadership roles in oncology / E. Hofstädter-Thalmann, U. Dafni, T. Allen, D. Arnold, S. Banerjee, G. Curigliano, E. Garralda, M.C. Garassino, J. Haanen, C. Robert, C. Sessa, Z. Tsourti, P. Zygoura, S. Peters. - In: ESMO OPEN. - ISSN 2059-7029. - 3:6(2018 Sep 01).
|Titolo:||Report on the status of women occupying leadership roles in oncology|
CURIGLIANO, GIUSEPPE [Writing – Original Draft Preparation]
|Parole Chiave:||gender; gender bias; medical oncology; workplace; Cancer Research; Oncology|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/06 - Oncologia Medica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1-set-2018|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/esmoopen-2018-000423|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|