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From time to time on Neurosurgery Blog, you will see us cross-posting or linking to items from other sources that we believe are relevant to our audience. Since this week featured International Women’s Day, we wanted to bring your attention to the March 2021 Neurosurgical Focus issue on International Women Leaders in Neurosurgery: Past and Present exploring women’s roles in neurosurgery over the years.

Topics include the impact of culture and history on women’s progress and the global influence of women in neurosurgery. Historical reports highlight noteworthy examples of women neurosurgeons around the globe who have demonstrated vision and leadership. The series discusses the presence of women neurosurgeons at the podium at scientific and medical society gatherings and the emerging roles of women as leaders in international organizations. Various aspects of research are described, including funding gaps and publication rates.

The series proposes strategies to expand opportunities for success for women neurosurgeons. A future that actively encourages the best and brightest medical students to choose neurosurgical careers — regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation or identity, socioeconomic strata or any other individual defining characteristic — will best serve the needs of the profession and patients.

Read the following articles in the series:


Editor’s note: We hope that you will share what you learn from our posts. We invite you to be part of the conversation on Twitter by following @Neurosurgery and using the hashtag #WomenInNeurosurgery

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