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Gender equity in global rheumatology awards
  1. Debaditya Roy1,
  2. Laura Andreoli2,3,
  3. Pavel V Ovseiko4,
  4. Dzifa Dey5,
  5. Yuva Ravindran6,
  6. Shikha Singla7,
  7. Ana María Arredondo González8,
  8. Carlos Enrique Toro-Gutiérrez9,
  9. Latika Gupta6,10
  1. 1 Department of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  2. 2 Department of Clinical and Experimental Sciences, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
  3. 3 Unit of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, ASST Spedali Civili di Brescia, Brescia, Italy
  4. 4 Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  5. 5 Rheumatology Unit, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Korle bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana
  6. 6 Department of Rheumatology, Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Wolverhampton, UK
  7. 7 Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  8. 8 Rheumatology, Fundación Universitaria de Ciencias de la Salud “FUCS”, Bogotá, Colombia
  9. 9 Reference Center in Osteoporosis, Rheumatology and Dermatology, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
  10. 10 Division of Musculoskeletal and Dermatological Sciences, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Latika Gupta, Department of Rheumatology, Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Wolverhampton, UK; drlatikagupta{at}

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Globally, there has been a growing interest in addressing gender disparities in leadership positions within rheumatology,1 editorial boards of rheumatology journals,2 conference speakers3 and authorship of research publications and guidelines.4 5 The causes of gender disparity in rheumatology are complex and multifactorial, including an interplay of historically late entrance of a larger number of women into medicine only in the second half of the 20th century, social and professional gender norms, organisational gender climate, unconscious gender bias, gender discrimination and a scarcity of senior female mentors and role models.6

Professional awards serve important functions in recognising exemplary individuals who uphold the values and objectives cherished by award-granting institutions.7 Unlike monetary remuneration directly linked to financial incentives, symbolic awards are tied predominantly to intangible social and professional gains afforded by prestige and eminence. Under certain conditions, awards can galvanise motivation and amplify performance.8 Therefore, professional awards can promote the values of equity, elevate social and professional standing of awardees, and increase the pool of senior role models.

To explore gender equity in rheumatology awards globally, we undertook a cross-sectional analysis of publicly available online data …

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it published Online First. The author correspondence details have been updated.

  • Contributors Conceptualisation and visualisation: LG and LA. Data curation: all authors. Formal analysis: DR and LG. Methods: PVO and LG. Investigation: all authors. Writing of the original draft: DR and LG. Writing, review and editing: all authors. Supervision: LG. Project administration: LG and LA.

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