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Title: Gender Equity in Leadership and Conferences of the Stroke Society of Australasia.
Austin Authors: Carcel, Cheryl;Woodward, Mark;Anderson, Craig S;Delcourt, Candice;Bernhardt, Julie;Gall, Seana
Affiliation: Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
The George Institute for Global Health, Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
The George Institute for Global Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
The University of Sydney, Sydney School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Department of Neurology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
Issue Date: 2022
Date: 2021
Publication information: Cerebrovascular diseases (Basel, Switzerland) 2022; 51(1): 125-130
Abstract: Internationally, women are underrepresented as leaders in major scientific organizations and conferences. We aimed to determine gender differences in leadership roles and annual scientific conferences of the Stroke Society of Australasia (SSA). In a retrospective review of SSA data (2014-2019), committee members were obtained through the SSA Web site, and moderators, speakers, and award recipients were identified from SSA annual scientific conference programs. Gender was determined by name inspection and Web search. Absolute numbers and proportions of women and men were recorded for all roles examined, overall and per year. Associations between representation of women in conferences and percentage of women in speaking roles were tested using multinomial regression. Presidential leadership of the SSA was held by men in 2014-2016 and 2019 and women in 2017-2018. SSA committee membership was predominantly women (55%), being lowest (47%) in 2014 and 2019 and highest (65%) in 2017. There was a wide gender variation at scientific conferences, with 41% of keynote speakers being women overall, from 20% in 2016 to 75% in 2015. From 2014 to 2019, 55% of all speakers were women, ranging from 32% (in 2016) to 71% (in 2015). A higher percentage of women as speakers or moderators was associated with a program committee with over a third of its members composed of women (p ≤ 0.044). Representation of women varied from 2014 to 2019 in the SSA organization and its conferences, although men are more often elected president in the organization and women are less often keynote speakers. When more women were included in the program committee, the representation of women as speakers increased.
DOI: 10.1159/000517453
Journal: Cerebrovascular Diseases (Basel, Switzerland)
PubMed URL: 34265764
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Equity
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