Today I begin a new series on the 9 Ways Blog, “She’s Doing It.”
As I’ve traveled the country talking with people at bookstores and speaking events, and as I’ve heard from hundreds of you via social media and e-mail, I sense a movement on the rise. Some women like Manisha Thakor, I’m thrilled to say, tell me they were inspired by No Excuses to start new businesses or like Brooke Elise Axtell to embrace the power to heal others. But wherever you draw your inspiration, the meaning is in the doing, and your actions inspire others.
So at least once a week, I’ll highlight a woman who is doing it. Who has no excuses and who by taking action illustrates how one or more of the 9 Ways Power Tools can help us all lead unlimited lives.
This week’s woman who makes no excuses is Linda Brodsky M. D. because she’s Expediting the Inevitable.
Did you catch the New York Times front page article yesterday on changes in the doctors’ politics? The author attributed today’s kinder, gentler, more patient-centered cohort of physicians in part to the fact that more of them are women. But in medicine as in most every career path, women are on average paid less and are less likely than men to attain the highest leadership roles.
Brodsky took her anger and frustration at discovering she was paid less than her male peers and turned them into a full blown social media-driven campaign for gender parity in medicine. A pediatric otolaryngologist based in Buffalo, N.Y., she was part of a prominent, decade-long gender discrimination lawsuit and is an advocate for female surgeons. She’s just launched a new website, Expediting the Inevitable, and invites both doctors and the rest of us to join up.
Brodsky has the credibility, the personal story, and the network to lead this charge. She used Power Tool #3: “Use What You’ve Got.” And she is “Wearing the Shirt” of her convictions that the medical profession not only should change but that now is the moment when it can change because over 50% of medical school graduates are women today. That’s Power Tool #6 in action.
Congratulations, thank you, and a big 9 Ways She’s Doing It shout out to Dr. Linda Brodsky on the successful launch of Expediting the Inevitable. I’ve joined and suggest you do too. After all, everyone is affected by the quality and accessibility of medical care.