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Rammya Mathew: Supporting women in leadership matters

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 09 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4550
  1. Rammya Mathew, GP
  1. London
  1. rammya.mathew{at}
    Follow Rammya on Twitter: @RammyaMathew

I’ve recently been thinking about why men and women enjoy vastly different levels of financial reward in their jobs. It’s particularly difficult to explain in medicine, which is, by and large, a career with a well defined trajectory and non-negotiable pay scales. Trying to unpick this is not straightforward. At first glance it seems to be down to fewer women being in leadership positions: isn’t it scandalous that 77% of the NHS workforce are now female, yet they hold only 37% of senior jobs?1

Are women less excellent? Are they inherently bad at …

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