Trainee neurosurgeon shares her frustration on Twitter after her ‘sexist’ male boss tells her to change jobs if she wants ‘a husband and children’
- Brighton medical student Emily Mills posted details on social media of the exasperating exchange she had with her male registrar
- As the trainee neurosurgeon returned to her fourth year placement, she was told she should consider another career if she wants to have ‘a husband and children’
- Mills tweeted that she could understand why some women were put off taking up a career in surgery when they faced such attitudes in the medical profession
- Twitter users responded to the everyday sexism with rallying messages
A trainee neurosurgeon has expressed her frustration on social media after she was told by her male boss that she should consider a different job if she wanted a ‘husband and children’.
Using the hashtag #everydaysexism, Emily Mills, who’s studying in Brighton, posted two tweets following the exchange with the registrar on her first day as a fourth year medic in Neurosurgery.
She wrote: ‘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.’
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Emily Mills, a trainee neurosurgeon, expressed her frustration on Twitter today after she was told by a male registrar that she should change her job because in ten years’ time she won’t be able to do it if she has a husband and children
Emily quickly followed with a second tweet saying: ‘No wonder all my female colleagues are unsure of a career in surgery or are put off when you’re told you can’t do it before you’ve even had a chance to try.’
The tweets have quickly garnered a slew of support, with many suggesting that she should formally complain about the remarks.
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Others offered support and shared their own similar experiences.
@rabbitholer wrote: ‘He’s probably scare [sic] of the competition! You’ll be great! And then, with time, you’ll outshine him! :-)’
@KirstyWalker__ added: ‘Find his line manager and have a word. Also contact your university and inform them of this. This is wholly unacceptable. Drag him honey, do us proud.’
@Fawkes_MD tweeted they’d been advised to ‘stay away from neurosurgery all together because it’s “hard for women.”
@ModgePKR wrote: ‘It’s amazing really that he knows your 10 year plan better than you do. Ask him for the lottery numbers…’
@beekers03 posted: ‘Eff that dude. You’re going to be an amazing surgeon. And while being a wife and mother, IF that’s what you want.’
@Bigmummh shared her own, similar experience, where she was told by a male co-worker she wouldn’t be working in ten years’ time. She wrote: ’10 years later I was a Tech Project Manager in a large shipping group. Ignore them and do what YOU want. #everydaysexism’
The tweets were retweeted by the @everydaysexism Twitter account which documents ‘experiences of sexism, harassment and assault to show how bad the problem is and create solidarity.’
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