Female UK-based neurosurgeon-in-training's Tweet about being told to chose a different career goes viral

Written by Laura Dyrda | August 23, 2018 | Print  |

A United Kingdom-based neurosurgeon-in-training's Tweet about sexism in the workplace went viral, according to the Daily Mail.


The training neurosurgeon, Emily Mills, posted: "Excellent. First day back in fourth year on Neurosurgery and told by a male registrar that in 10 years time when I have a husband and children that I probably won't want to be a surgeon so I should be something else instead. What a way to start placement #everydaysexism"

Several Twitter users responded with encouragement and support, suggesting she lodge a formal complaint. The Tweet has been deleted, due to the large response it garnered, but in its place reads a new message:

"Thank you to everyone who has commented or messaged with support. I have decided to delete the tweet purely due to overwhelming response. Although this raises an important discussion that should continue, twitter may not be the best place for it. #WomenInSurgery #ChangeIsNow"

According to Northwest Neurosurgery Institute, women represent around 5 percent of practicing board-certified neurosurgeons in the U.S., and there are 25 full-time female academic neurosurgeons in the country; one is the chair of a neurosurgery department.

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