The professional lives of women in gastroenterology: a Canadian comparison study with men

Gastroenterology. 1997 Aug;113(2):669-74. doi: 10.1053/gast.1997.v113.pm9247490.


Women are underrepresented in gastroenterology. A questionnaire examined the training and career experiences of female members of the Canadian Association for Gastroenterology (CAG) and their male counterparts. A pretested questionnaire was mailed to the 50 female CAG and 100 age-matched male members. Descriptive analyses were performed with the SAS statistical program. Questionnaires were returned by 38 of the women (76%) and 70 of the men (70%). All held full-time positions. Whereas 21.6% of the women respondents were pediatricians, all but 2.9% of the men had adult practices. The women were more likely to never marry (21.1% vs. 8.6% of men), and their personal income was significantly less than that of men. The men reported more problems juggling their work and private life, whereas problems with childcare and free time were reported more often by the women with children. The women perceived they had greater problems than men in pursuing an academic career, but grant support, academic rank, and administrative responsibilities were actually similar for both. Gender equality of opportunity was found in Canadian gastroenterology through a willingness on the part of women to compromise. Fewer women married and had families, and they earned less money than the men.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Canada
  • Career Mobility
  • Education, Medical
  • Family
  • Female
  • Gastroenterology / economics
  • Gastroenterology / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Male
  • Marital Status
  • Middle Aged
  • Prejudice*
  • Sex Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Women, Working*
  • Workforce