Citizenship tasks tax women physicians

Women physicians feel pressured to spend more time in work-related citizenship tasks, based largely on their age and race. Nearly half of women perceived that they spent more time on citizenship tasks than their male colleagues, according to a study in Journal of Women’s Health.

“When compared to their younger counterpart, women physicians older than 49 years stated to feel obligated to volunteer for these tasks because of their age,” state Priscila Armijo, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and coauthors. “We also found that a higher proportion of women of color physicians perceived race as a factor in feeling obligated to volunteer for work-related citizenship tasks, when compared to white women physicians.”

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