Physician mothers’ experience of workplace discrimination: a qualitative analysisBMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4926 (Published 12 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4926
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If gold rusts, what shall the iron do?”
It is weird that women have to challenge for their rights, while the population starts from and thrives due to them; all male and female members of a population are products of the mothering capacity of women. Then their most precious matchless features which consist of hosting the evolution and development of a new little human being, passionately cherishing him, and fervently bringing him up, is recognized as one of their weaknesses; and an alibi for lots of misconduct towards them. “Gender Equality” is among the main goals of the UN Millennium 8 Development Goals  as well as the 17 Sustainable Development  Goals for 2030. Typically, equal work and salary opportunities for both sexes are being seen as criteria for developed countries in our days. But I state that an actual advanced community understands the need of people to grow up in stable conditions with caring mothers and warm families, and recognizes the importance of motherhood, from conception to raising children. Thus in addition to affording appropriate job opportunities for both sexes, a developed society would provide best conditions for women's careers, including adequate time, space, and pay for pregnant, nursing, and mothering women at work. This price would actually be paid for the stability/balance/steadiness/equilibrium/constancy of the whole society. This can be handled by some administrative regulation and laws like governmental support and modified taxes for institutions and employers, or any other.
Medicine as a job may be near the far end of a spectrum of time-consuming and demanding professions, because of the scientific knowledge you must gather, memorize, and thereafter constantly update, the demanding skill practice and then application in the field, the emergency circumstances and need to immediate best decision-making, the availability you are expected to ensure in any situation, and the great commitment you should have because you are dealing with people health; in addition, if you are an academic, the ample time you might put on research. And then, the female medical doctor has that very outstanding intrinsic capability of becoming a mother. While medical students and doctors are among the smart and ingenious individuals in most countries, directors of health system and centers are supposed to be highly intellectual and logical, and esteem this capability. Does workplace discrimination occur for mother physicians in industrialized countries?  Then “if gold rusts, what shall the iron do?”
A sound developed culture truly respects the role of mothers, and then, every woman, thus every mother, therefore every boy and girl, and hence everybody in the community would feel safe and cared for.
3. Halley MC, Rustagi AS, Torres JS, Linos E, Plaut V, Mangurian C, Choo E, Linos E, Physician mothers' experience of workplace discrimination: a qualitative analysis. BMJ; 363:k4926.
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