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Journal Article

Commitment and the Cultural Mandate: Women in Medicine

Patricia Gerald Bourne and Norma Juliet Wikler
Social Problems
Vol. 25, No. 4 (Apr., 1978), pp. 430-440
DOI: 10.2307/800495
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/800495
Page Count: 11
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Abstract

Though little overt, "actionable" discrimination is apparent in medical schools, a "discriminatory environment" persists, in part because its structure is based on an understanding of "commitment" and "success" congruent with male--but not female--sex role stereotypes and familial roles. Professional commitment--one of the profession's most important criteria for judging a recruit's suitability and potential for success--is used to illustrate how women's choice of careers are channelled and constrained within medicine. Illustrative data are drawn from semi-structured interviews with administrators, faculty, and students in a nationwide sample of medical schools.

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