Episode 92 : Laurie Garrett On Gender Equity & “The Trouble With Girls”

Featured Guest: Laurie Garrett

  • Feb 05, 2019

Laurie Garrett is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who wrote an extraordinary article in The British Medical Journal on gender equity in healthcare called “The Trouble With Girls.” She joins us to discuss the deep inequities she describes, the drivers behind them today and the extraordinary response the paper engendered.

Key Learnings

1.  The impetus behind writing “The Trouble With Girls”

2.  The steps required for advancement and the demonstrable gender bias associated with each one laid out in the article

3.  Applying historical context with the stories of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Eunice Foote to an immediate & current problem

4.  The challenge of resistance in researching the article

5.  Experiencing a roller-coaster getting the article published in the annual BMJ satire issue

6.  The article goes viral…

7.  Ms. Garrett’s powerful and informative personal experience that underwrites this article

8.  Laying out the differing drivers for gender discrimination in healthcare & science in decades past and today

9. How gender bias and racial bias are closely linked in healthcare and what “assumed superiority” looks like

10.  The incredible responses and stories the article brought forth

11.  Calling out “Manels”

12.  What the tempo of change looks like

13. A word about Ebola, mineral mining, and cell phones from the world’s expert


The article (open access) https://www.bmj.com/content/363/bmj.k5232.full

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