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sticky floor syndrome

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sticky floor syndrome


A term for the male-to-female disparity in career advancement in medicine and other fields, in which female candidates have a distinct disadvantage.

Despite similar preparation of candidates for academic careers vis-à-vis board certification, advanced degrees, research during fellowship training, women usually have fewer resources, office/lab space, grant support, and protected research time.

Sticky floor refers to handicaps that occur ab initio, while glass ceiling refers to handicaps that are present only at the end of the advancement process.  

Synonym Sticky floor phenomenon

Reference Glass Ceiling or Sticky Floor? Exploring the Australian Gender Pay Gap using Quantile Regression and Counterfactual Decomposition Methods Hiau Joo Kee*Discussion Paper Number 487  March 2005; JAMA 1995 273:1022.

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