Gender equality in national cardiology societies: a cross-sectional study.

Ravioli, Svenja; Oberle, Jolanda; Haidinger, Michael; Lindner, Gregor (2023). Gender equality in national cardiology societies: a cross-sectional study. The American journal of medicine, 136(6), pp. 585-591. Elsevier 10.1016/j.amjmed.2023.02.012

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BACKGROUND

Higher productivity and team stability has been shown for gender diverse teams. However, there is a relevant and well-known gender gap in clinical and academic cardiovascular medicine. So far, no data concerning gender distribution in presidents and executive boards of national cardiology societies exist.

METHODS

In this cross-sectional analysis, gender equality in presidents and representatives of all national cardiology societies, which are members of or affiliated with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) in 2022 was analyzed. In addition, representatives of the American Heart Association (AHA) were evaluated.

RESULTS

A total of 106 national societies were screened of which 104 were included in the final analysis. Overall, in these 104 societies, 90 out of 106 (85%) presidents were men while 14 (13%) were women. In the analysis of board members and executives, a total of 1128 individuals were included. Overall, 809 (72%) board members were men, 258 (23%) women and 61 (5%) of unknown gender. Except for society presidents in Australia, women were relevantly outnumbered by men in all world regions.

CONCLUSION

Women were globally underrepresented in leading positions of national cardiology societies in all world regions. As national societies are important regional stakeholders, improving gender equality in executive boards might create women role models, help foster careers and narrow the global cardiology gender gap.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > University Emergency Center

UniBE Contributor:

Lindner, Gregor

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1555-7162

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Pubmed Import

Date Deposited:

13 Mar 2023 16:02

Last Modified:

27 May 2023 00:13

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.amjmed.2023.02.012

PubMed ID:

36906170

Uncontrolled Keywords:

cardiology diversity equality esc gender

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/179927

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/179927

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