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Women and children first? Gender equity in paediatric medicine
  1. Tessa Davis1,
  2. Henry Goldstein2,3,
  3. Dani Hall4,5,
  4. Ben Lawton3,6,
  5. Grace Sze Yin Leo7,8,
  6. Rie Yoshida4,
  7. Andrew Tagg9,10
  8. on behalf of Don’t Forget The Bubbles
  1. 1 Paediatric Emergency, Royal London Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2 Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  3. 3 School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  4. 4 Paediatric Emergency, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, London, UK
  5. 5 Paediatric Emergency, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  6. 6 Paediatric Emergency, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  7. 7 Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
  8. 8 School of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  9. 9 Emergency Department, Western Hospital-Footscray, Footscray, Victoria, Australia
  10. 10 School of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Tessa Davis, Paediatric Emergency, Royal London Hospital, London N3 3RW, UK; tessa.davis{at}


There has been an increased focus on diversity and inclusion in medicine in recent years—the field of medicine still has a long way to go to reach gender equity. We assess how paediatrics is performing by examining the role gender plays in our specialty; and we propose some practical solutions to reach an equitable state. Achieving gender equity is not a simple or easy option and will require an ongoing commitment from all facets of the profession.

  • gender
  • equality
  • general paediatrics

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  • Contributors All authors took part in writing the article and approved the final manuscript.

  • Competing interests Most authors have been on the organising committees of a number of conferences in the field of paediatrics or critical care.

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