It is more likely for the head of a medical department to be a man with a mustache than a woman, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health, a federal agency. Mustachioed men account for 19 percent of department leaders at top U.S. medical schools, whereas women made up only 13 percent. “We want to increase the representation of women in academic medical leadership by drawing attention to sex disparities,” the study’s researchers wrote. “We chose to study mustaches … because they are rare, and wanted to learn if women were even rarer.” Was it really necessary to study mustaches? Not really, but the point of comparison does drive home how incredibly rare it is for a woman to head a medical department. The researchers say more needs to be done to enable women to become leaders, not only for ethical reasons but because “having more women leaders has been linked with better performance.” Earlier this year, a similar study found that more men named John run large U.S. companies than women.
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