The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge by challenging and calling out gender bias and inequality.
As a Royal College advocating for women and girls’ health globally, we want to challenge the gender data gap that still exists when it comes to women’s health.
The consequences of this lack of data and medical research has very real consequences on women, including long diagnosis times, poor treatment options and patient experience. It also means when it comes to COVID-19 and offering the vaccine to pregnant women, because the data isn’t there and there isn’t a priority to gather it, women are left out.
We believe another reason why there is this gender data gap is because of the significant lack of female doctors entering research and academia, especially women from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. In the UK, fewer than a third (28%) of professors are female, while in 2019 it was reported that there are as few 25 Black female professors in the UK (PDF).
This year, the RCOG is sharing profiles of female academics from across the world who are trying to create change for women and girls, and narrow the gap which exists. To read about these women's experiences, and their work in the area of women's health research, visit here.
For more information, visit the official International Women’s Day website.