In the past few days, I have been in various medical-scientific meetings focused on how to tackle serious health problems. In all of these meetings were brilliant, powerhouse women scientists and clinicians.
50 years ago, almost none of these women would have been physicians, public health professionals or professors. The jobs for which many women were qualified went to less talented men. When I see how many lives these women are saving now, I wonder how many patients (including of course many men) have died over the years due to the long term exclusion of women from the healing arts and their associated sciences. We focus appropriately on how great it is for women that so many doors have opened to them, but the benefit extends to anyone who has or will one day develop a serious illness. We have doubled the size of the talent pool from which we draw our medical professionals, with incalculable benefits to public health.