Gender Inequalities in the Health Setting: The Case of Medicine

Flor de María Cáceres-Manrique, Claudia Isabel Amaya-Castellanos, Carolina Rivero-Rubio
2019 Aquichan  
Objective: To understand relationships of power according to gender experienced in scenarios of professional performance by Colombian female physicians. Materials and Methods: Qualitative study with phenomenological approach, from in-depth interviews to 33 female physicians, ranging in age between 29 and 60 years, and with over five years of professional exercise. Between October 2017 and March 2018, with prior informed consent, the interviews were conducted with questions about the
more » ... out the relationships of power and the inequalities experienced with their male colleagues in scenarios of professional performance. Results: In the reports by the female physicians interviewed, it is possible to perceive gender inequalities in wages, forms of hiring, responsibilities assigned, recognition by the patients, and access to positions of power in comparison with their male colleagues. Conclusions: Medicine maintains a power structure centered on men, with differential opportunities by gender, and characterized by a lower wage, more responsibilities, lesser recognition, and limited access to positions of prestige for women. This phenomenon needs to be explored in other professionals from the health area.
doi:10.5294/aqui.2019.19.2.7 fatcat:duqqugfwaja4dnhhabbcpr74su