Looking beyond workforce parity: addressing gender inequity in pathology

Pathology. 2023 Oct;55(6):760-771. doi: 10.1016/j.pathol.2023.07.002. Epub 2023 Jul 25.


While women pathologists have made up over one-third of pathologists in the Australian workforce for over 15 years and at least 50% since 2019, they are under-represented in senior leadership roles, scientific publications, grant recipients, editorial boards, key presentations, and professional awards. This is not unique to pathology and is seen in the broader medical and academic community. Barriers to gender equity and equality in pathology, medicine and academia include gender stereotypes, gender-based discrimination, structural and organisational barriers as well as broader social and cultural barriers. A diverse leadership reflective of the whole professional body and the broader community is important for optimal health outcomes. It is the responsibility and moral duty of individuals and organisations to address any gender disparities, inequities, and inequalities by monitoring, identifying, and acting on gender biases and systemic barriers that hinder appropriate levels of representation by women.

Keywords: Pathology; gender; gender bias; gender stereotypes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Female
  • Gender Equity*
  • Humans
  • Sexism*
  • Workforce