The #MeToo Movement
As more and more Hollywood actresses share their stories about sexual harassment and gender bias, women in other industries—including the medical field and even those as specialized as otolaryngology—are opening up about similar experiences. The scenarios run the gamut.
Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, past president of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and director of New York Otology, recalled being asked by men interviewing her for residency positions if she was dating, engaged, or married. “It was really ridiculous, but of course I didn’t respond by saying that he wasn’t supposed to ask me such questions, because he was in a position of power,” she said. “I didn’t feel comfortable saying that.”
Dr. Chandrasekhar also believes that men view men and women with younger children differently. “A man with children is viewed as someone with solid character who will stick around for the long run, while a woman [with children] is viewed as someone on the ‘mommy track’ who will either stop working or reduce her hours to part-time,” she said. “I remember telling a chairman I was pregnant, and his response was, ‘You’re going to ruin another summer for me.’”