Based on our panelists' responses, it seems like the “old boys’ club” is very much a reality. Dr. Lane’s comment on how the “old boys” tend to hire candidates most similar to themselves underscores the degree to which subtle biases can impact the careers of women. While I agree with Dr. Sam's comment on creating an "old girls' club" by strengthening networking ties between female physicians, I cannot help but wonder what role our male colleagues can play in closing the gender gap in leadership.
For our panelists: To what extent do your male colleagues recognize or acknowledge issues contributing to gender inequity in the workplace? Do you feel comfortable sharing your concerns on gender-related issues (unequal compensation, discrepancy in promotion rates, etc.) with your male colleagues? How can we engage everyone in these discussions?