DNTF - Female Glass Ceiling


Neurosurgery has traditionally been a male-dominated field. Despite advances in access to training positions and increased entry of women into the field, there remains a gross underrepresentation of women in leadership roles.

It has been postulated that this lack of progression in female careers is due to organizational male-oriented cultures, where women are excluded from the necessary networking and mentoring required for advancing their careers.

As Robert F. Spetzler said, “. Institutional accountability must be evaluated to ensure that the best and brightest candidates, regardless of gender, are recruited to neurosurgical programs to promote the health of our challenging but most satisfying profession.”

For this reason, the EANS has created the Diversity Task Force – the aim is to characterize and systematically tackle the factors contributing to the female glass ceiling in European neurosurgery.

Further reading

Female Neurosurgeons in Europe – on a prevailing glass ceiling

Tracking career paths of women in neurosurgery

Women in Neurosurgery: Final Frontier of Career Women's Movement.