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Women in medicine: Sexism is not only reason for women's “unequal status” in the workplace

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 23 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:743
  1. Kingsley R Browne, law professor (
  1. Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, MI 48202, USA

    EDITOR—Heath expresses many misconceptions about women in the workplace.1 Women are compelled to look after their children, work part time, earn less money, and do different jobs from men. Better state support for childrearing, she implies, would produce equality in the workplace.

    Many legitimate factors cause sex differences in earnings and occupations. Women earn less because they work fewer …

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