The ripple effect: why promoting female leadership in global health matters

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Public Health Action

Leadership positions in global health are greatly skewed toward men; the imbalance is more pronounced in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The under-representation of women in leadership is a threat to gender equality, and also impacts the improvement of women's health outcomes globally. In this perspectives piece, we assert that the promotion and retention of women in global health leadership has a ripple effect that can achieve improvement in global health outcomes. We present pragmatic, actionable solutions to promote and retain female global health leaders in this field.

Downs JA, Mathad JS, Reif LK, McNairy ML, Celum C, Boutin-Foster C, Deschamps MM, Gupta A, Hokororo A, Katz IT, Konopasek L, Nelson R, Riviere C, Glimcher LH, Fitzgerald DW. The ripple effect: why promoting female leadership in global health matters. Public Health Action. 21 Dec 2016;6(4).

Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York

Bugando Medical Centre and Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences, Mwanza, Tanzania

Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College, Pune, India

International Clinical Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Groupe Haïtien d'Etude du Sarcome de Kaposi et des Infections Opportunistes, Port-au-Prince, Haïti

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Department of Anthropology, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York