Monday, 24 August 2015

Indian-origin women surgeons make a splash in global Twitter campaign #ILookLikeASurgeon.

Dr Heather Logghe who started the twitter storm with the #ILookLikeASurgeon hashtag
Dr Heather Logghe who started the twitter storm with the #ILookLikeASurgeon hashtag (Image source: Twitter)
 Staff Correspondent, August 24, 2015, NewsCrunch

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

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