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Women in EM: pushing our heads above the parapet
  1. Suzanne M Mason
  1. CURE, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Suzanne M Mason, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DA, UK; s.mason{at}

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As an Emergency Medicine (EM) Physician and Academic for many years and a woman for even longer (: )), I have seen the role of women within the specialty grow alongside it. We are fortunate that our specialty attracts strong, resilient women with a wonderful range of skills. However, I have often asked myself why we are not more prominent in leadership roles? Women in our specialty represent a significant proportion of consultants, trainees and non-training grades and increasingly so. However, proportionately we are not well represented in leadership, academia and even as speakers at our conferences. The excellent thought-provoking article by Sunga and Kass in the EMJ has outlined an intervention aimed at developing the speaking skills of women in EM.1 In their paper, they state that the evidence suggests that only 29.9% speakers at international EM conferences were women. …

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  • Contributors SMM is the sole contributor.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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