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J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Oct 1. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16195. [Epub ahead of print]

When Women Rise, We All Rise: American Geriatrics Society Position Statement on Achieving Gender Equity in Geriatrics.

Author information

1
Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Denver, Colorado.
2
Erickson Living, Dallas, Texas.
3
Division of Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.
4
St John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Science, Queens, New York.
5
University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
6
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York.
7
University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy, Aurora, Colorado.
8
American Geriatrics Society, New York, New York.
9
DeBakey VA Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
10
Summit ElderCare, Worcester, Massachusetts.
11
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Abstract

Supporting gender equity for women working in geriatrics is important to the growth of geriatrics across disciplines and is critical in achieving our vision for a future in which we are all able to contribute to our communities and maintain our health, safety, and independence as we age. Discrimination can have a negative impact on public health, particularly with regard to those who care for the health of older Americans and other vulnerable older people. Women working in the field of geriatrics have experienced implicit and explicit discriminatory practices that mirror available data on the entire workforce. In this position article, we outline strategic objectives and accompanying practical recommendations for how geriatrics, as a field, can work together to achieve a future in which the rights of women are guaranteed and women in geriatrics have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. This article represents the official positions of the American Geriatrics Society.

KEYWORDS:

gender equity; gender wage gap; healthcare workforce; women; women in geriatrics

PMID:
31573074
DOI:
10.1111/jgs.16195

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