Women in Leadership in Urology: The Case for Increasing Diversity and Equity

Urology. 2021 Apr:150:16-24. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2020.07.079. Epub 2020 Sep 20.


There is a persistent male gender predominance in urology, especially with respect to female representation in leadership. We review the current status of women in urology leadership, discuss challenges women face in leadership positions, present the case for adopting inclusive practices that increase diversity and gender equity in urology leadership, and review the potential benefits of such an expansion. We discuss practical strategies to grow the role of women in urologic leadership, including increasing mentorship, modifying academic promotion criteria, and addressing implicit bias, while presenting a roadmap toward achieving equity and diversity at the highest ranks of urologic leadership.

MeSH terms

  • Cultural Diversity
  • Female
  • Gender Equity
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • Male
  • Physicians, Women*
  • United States
  • Urology*