The World Economic Forum predicts that the global gender gap will not be closed entirely until 2186 - 170 years from now. This year's International Women’s Day theme is #BeBoldForChange urges everyone to push harder for gender parity in all spheres and to help forge a better working world.
RCR will for the first time from September 2017 have its three highest Officer roles held by women – the President and the Vice-Presidents for each Faculty.
Medicine as a profession has seen the increase in female medical students and they continue to make up more than half of all medical students each year. This overall increase means that in just a few years, there will be more female doctors on the medical register than male.
Yet this trend of an increasing number of women does not seem to be reflected throughout all areas of medicine. Both Academic Research and Interventional Radiology are still male dominated fields. In academic research women only hold around one-in-five roles as either a Honorary Professor or University Chair. Only ten percent of the British Society of Interventional Radiology membership is female and this seems likely to continue given only one-in-nine interventional radiology trainees are currently women.
To explore this further the College interviewed women working in both academic research and interventional radiology about their own experience and what advice they would give to women considering pursing a career in these fields.