Title

Gender Inequity in the Public Health Workforce

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2021

Originally Published In

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice

Abstract

Context:

Public health is a gendered field. Although a majority of the public health workforce, women encounter an imbalance of power and experience disparate opportunities within the profession.

Analysis:

This article offers a multidimensional critique of gender inequity within the public health workforce through an examination of the literature.

Results:

There are three existing disparities between men and women in public health: unequal representation in leadership positions; persistence of wage discrimination; and disparities in scholarly publication and citations. Disparities are often more pronounced among women with intersectional identities (eg, race/ethnicity or other identities).

Discussion:

Gender inequity is structural, and solutions must address micro-, interactional, and macro-levels. The changing workforce and practitioners' skills in addressing upstream issues provide the opportunity to address this issue.

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