|Dr Heather Logghe who started the twitter storm with the #ILookLikeASurgeon hashtag (Image source: Twitter)|
After women engineers, it is the turn of women surgeons the world over to go viral on twitter, with the hashtag #ILookLikeASurgeon.
As of August 19th, following 19,000 tweets by nearly 5,000 participants, the hashtag had received more than 67 million impressions.
Heather Logghe, a North Carolina-based resident surgeon ignited this twitter storm on about August 7th, when she posted her selfie with the hashtag. But soon, she and another fellow-surgeon from Chicago got nervous and deleted their tweets.
Quickly picked up by Alison McCoubrey, a consultant surgeon in Northern Ireland, who posted and left her selfie on, the hashtag gained ground among women surgeons all over, and is running full steam ahead even today.
Plans for consolidating this expression of solidarity in the form of an exclusive website are afoot.
As with their engineering counterparts, women surgeons are trying to draw attention to gender-based discrimination they face in the field of surgery. Research shows that even in a developed nation like the UK, more than half the male and two thirds of female doctors did not think that surgery welcomed women.
In order to link the global with the local, NewsCrunch has previously featured women from India who actively participated in the #ILookLikeAnEngineer campaign on twitter.
Keeping track of these extraordinary endeavors, we present below ten women from India, at least those who have roots in India, who are part of the #ILookLikeASurgeon crew.
Women surgeons with roots in India who are part of the #ILookLikeASurgeon campaign
This is what I look like #precall & #postcall very comfy recovery shirt #tiwwllcampaign #ILookLikeASurgeon pic.twitter.com/B1cW6HiN2Q— Heena Santry, MD (@heenastat) August 22, 2015
@LoggheMD @kevinmd this is me and my fabulous mentor @avisashbrooke #ILookLikeASurgeon #tenpercentclub pic.twitter.com/4rXzqGf0mp— Surgical Tutor (@SurgicalTutor) August 24, 2015
Off to India with @dr_jaja to lead the @diaspora_health research workshop in our alma mater. Also #ILookLikeASurgeon pic.twitter.com/h2Qzr4xGom— Varshini Varadaraj (@VarshiniV15) August 13, 2015
#MentorToTheMax #ladysurgeons #ILookLikeASurgeon #wcsiss2015 @NUSurgery @purplesurg pic.twitter.com/VMpSzmDpVk— Mamta Swa (@MamtaSwa) August 23, 2015
Partying it up after a day in theatre with my mentor #ILookLikeASurgeon Supporting each other is vital to success! pic.twitter.com/9UKg1nmGNE— Shreya Patel (@29Shreya) August 20, 2015
#ILookLikeASurgeon #ILookLikeAUrologist #mysignaturepinkfleece #lovemyjob @heathernoellemc @LoebStacy pic.twitter.com/Fl412YRuym— Angela G (@angdgupta) August 21, 2015
Don't assume I'm not in charge! #getmeastep #5.5gloves #ILookLikeASurgeon pic.twitter.com/oD9N32R9Mz— Sabha Ganai, MD, PhD (@DrSabha) August 12, 2015
.@sherrywren @KickAsana @dr_jaja Gotta sport the camouflage lead in the OR!! #challengestereotypes #iamasurgeon pic.twitter.com/36Ht3xZB03— Shailvi Gupta (@ShogunGS) August 9, 2015