Leading women in medicine from across Scotland and the UK will gather in Glasgow this evening (Thursday 7th March) for a celebration of International Women's Day at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
Guests including Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood and the Chair of the General Medical Council Dame Clare Marx will join College President Professor Jackie Taylor and female guests from across the world of medicine to celebrate the increasing leadership role played by women in medicine. The event will kick start the work of the College in promoting inclusivity in the College and throughout healthcare, which is a priority area of action for the current President who took office in December 2018.
Speaking prior to the event, Professor Taylor called for more action to support the development of women into leadership roles within medicine and academia, and pledged action on the issue from the College. She said:
"I'm delighted to welcome so many inspirational women from the world of medicine to our College this evening to celebrate International Women's Day. As a College we're very fortunate to have so many strong women in leadership roles, but we know that there's much more to do over the months and years ahead to achieve full equality across the healthcare sector. As our most recent physicians' census demonstrated, while the proportion of female consultants overall is growing, in some specialties there is still a significant gap, and women are underrepresented in senior management and leadership roles.
"That's why it's important that we do all we can to recognise the achievements of women, and take action to ensure that we close the gender gap without delay. Over the coming weeks I'll be making further announcements on how our College and University of Glasgow will act to play our part in this, but tonight I'm looking forward to hearing from women from across the profession on how we can work together to deliver these necessary changes."