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Gender Power Relations in the Medical Profession

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Part of the Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals book series (ENUNSDG)

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Action; Bias; Inequality

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Gender power relations imply a conventional approach of males having a superior advantage over females in a workplace environment due to more senior positions held by males. Implications include potential or actual abuse of power and unethical behaviors such as harassment, abuse, or worse assault. Today’s workplace environments are working toward changing gender imbalance, improving working conditions for all especially for female employees, and encouraging females’ advancement toward higher positions of power, for example, in traditionally male-dominated specialized roles such as in surgery in the medical profession. Numerous initiatives are required to achieve the goal of balancing gender relations in the workplace.

Introduction

Work organizations are still, in present day, a major site of gender politics (Nicolson 1996). Patriarchal structures resist women’s progress and have a negative impact on women’s sense of subjectivity,...

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Khan, T. (2019). Gender Power Relations in the Medical Profession. In: Leal Filho, W., Azul, A., Brandli, L., Özuyar, P., Wall, T. (eds) Gender Equality. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-70060-1_54-1

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