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Women and Leadership in Anesthesiology: Can We “Lean In” Further?

Walsh, Abigail M. MBBCh, MRCP, FCAI, FJFICMI

doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000002472
Letters to the Editor: Letter to the Editor

Published ahead of print August 31, 2017.

Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland,

Published ahead of print August 31, 2017.

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To the Editor

As a recently appointed attending in anesthesiology, who happens to be female, I was delighted to read the recent editorial, “Women, Minorities, and Leadership in Anesthesiology: Take the Pledge.”1

I recently read the book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sandberg,2 recommended by a senior female colleague in anesthesia. I suggest it to the authors as a supplementary text for their stirring editorial, and even venture to say that it should be mandatory reading for all women in anesthesiology. It explores the notion of workplace gender differences, along with some of the internal and external barriers that impede the career progression of many women. It encourages us all to realize our potential, exceed our own expectations, and target a future where “…there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”

I applaud your publication for choosing to highlight a subject that is often ignored, and thank the authors for their inspiring words.

Abigail M. Walsh, MBBCh, MRCP, FCAI, FJFICMIDepartment of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care MedicineSt Vincent’s University HospitalDublin,

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1. Leslie K, Hopf HW, Houston P, O’Sullivan E. Women, minorities, and leadership in anesthesiology: take the pledge. Anesth Analg. 2017;124:1394–1396.
2. Sandberg S. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. 2013.New York, NY:Knopf Doubleday Publishers.
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