The status of women in healthcare leadership

Women account for 70 per cent of the global healthcare-related workforce, but only 25 per cent occupy leadership positions. This glaring disparity is not just due to family-related interruptions that female doctors experience. According to a European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) study, women are over-represented in fields typically associated with femininity, such as nursing, midwifery, and social care. Although these roles are related to healthcare, career progression toward healthcare leadership is often fraught with hurdles, including the much-discussed glass ceiling.

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