Wall Street Journal's recent article describes how women doctors receive less pay for equal work as compared to their male counterparts.
I distinctly recall being in a woman doctors' session a few years ago. My colleagues were complaining about gender disparities regarding opportunities and how they made less money even when performing similar jobs in healthcare settings.
As a young clinical research fellow at the National Institutes of Health, my pay was equivalent to my fellow colleagues: we were federal employees. There was an interesting difference, though. Of three fellows, I was the only one who was a woman, married, and with children. One of my colleagues was married without children and the other one was single. It was quite obvious my colleagues invested more research hours than I did. Although I started private practice - and even moonlighted at the time - my dedication to the fellowship was 40+ hours whereas my colleagues included more work hours.
I mentioned this at the woman physician session and had nasty looks piercing through me. I candidly shared how my colleagues brought in more work hours and higher production, and I believed it was only fair they'd get credit for it. At the end of the session, a couple of women colleagues approached me and told me they disagreed: many women were, indeed, doing exactly the same kind of work and being paid a lot less. A male doctor and department chair of a prominent program approached me after the session too. He thanked me for daring speak what few men would dare say in public.