Girl Mayor

Matthew (age 3): “It has to be the mayor.” Me: “The mayor?” Sam (age 5): “Yeah, you know, the guy in charge of everyone in the city.” Me: “You know, women can be mayors too.” Sam: “Yeah, but they’re usually guys.” I keep having some iteration of this conversation with my young sons – women … Continue reading

To Ban Bossy Or Not?

Better that 500 bossy girls go free, than that one leader girl be discouraged.  Or something like that.  Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook who urged us to Lean In, is now teaming up with others urging us not to call girls “bossy” in her “Ban Bossy” Campaign.  To a certain extent, the sentiment makes … Continue reading

“Are you getting your period?”

“I get annoyed with [my husband] when I overreact to something and he retorts: ‘are you getting your period?’” my friend says. Just imagine what it would be like if we treated men the same way. “You’re only mad because you have blood dripping from your penis.  Not because of what I did.” “You always … Continue reading

Evidence-Free Pregnancy Advice

I know why the hoopla around Emily Oster‘s new book, Expecting Better, bothers me, it’s because she hasn’t let you in on obstetrics’ big bad secret… and here it is…. from a pulmonologist. What Ms. Oster points out, and where she is absolutely correct, is that the data to support most pregnancy advice, indeed, most … Continue reading

The Women’s Table

My latest post on mentoring women in medicine and science can be found at the Broad Side.  It’s called “The Women’s Table” and you can read it here.  http://www.the-broad-side.com/the-womens-table ————————————————————————— The Women’s Table at Yale (picture) Women’s Table The Women’s Table by renowned artist and architect Maya Lin (B.A. 1981, M. Arch 1986) lists the … Continue reading

Anxiety

Anxiety ranks among my least favorite diagnoses.  In medicine, we have a long history of blaming a variety of diseases on anxiety.  Even in the recent past we attributed gastric ulcers to stress until it was proven that a bacteria that lives in the gut is responsible.  Indeed, who would have thought:  a bacteria living … Continue reading