Thirty percent of successful female doctors say they’ve been sexually harassed, according to a new study published in JAMA. The study surveyed 1,066 men and women who had received a career development award from the National Institute of Health on their experiences with gender bias, inappropriate sexual advances, as well as bribery, and threats that were intended to solicit sexual acts. Of the women who reported sexual harassment, 60 percent said it negatively impacted their confidence as professionals and nearly half said such harassment negatively affected their career advancement.
“I was quite surprised,” said study author Dr. Reshma Jagsi of the University of Michigan. “We all have seen the really horrible egregious cases, but no one would expect so many women have had these experiences.” The study concluded that more work will be required to eliminate inappropriate workplace behavior, including increased effort at combating unconscious bias. Of the men surveyed, four percent reported having been sexually harassed.
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