Happy National Women Physicians Day!
I am so grateful for the strong women before me who have given me the opportunities I have today, as I stand on the shoulders of giants.
Being a woman in medicine is amazing and exciting in so many ways - but there are still layers and issues that we uniquely struggle with.
The idea that you have to be smart, but not too smart that you come off like a know-it-all.
Feeling like you have to explain yourself and what your future family values are.
Feeling like you're having the feminine sucked right out of you - because you're competing against men, so you have to "suck it up," "be strong," and "don't show any weakness." Because needing comfort but being afraid to reach out, or being on the verge of tears is seen as weak - this is the conditioning of our culture. It doesn't mean that women are not innately strong, dedicated, and get-the-work-done people - it's just that there needs to be a balance between both compassion and being authoritative, and leadership shouldn't be seen as only the latter.
I think the key is realizing we can't be everything to everyone, and to seek balance between who we are at work and who we are in our relationships. It's this delicate play between roles that requires you to be self-reflective, aware, and intuitive that will ultimately allow you to experience the joy in what you do and prevent burn out.
Now go kick some ass.