ADA Morning Huddle:

Female Leaders Essential To Organized Dentistry

martes, 17 de enero del 2017

Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays, immediate past president of the ADA, discusses the importance of encouraging and developing female leaders. Used with permission from the Journal of the California Dental Association.

        There can’t be two female presidents in a row.

        That’s something I heard more than a few times during my campaign to become the 152nd president of the American Dental Association, following Maxine Feinberg, DDS, the 151st ADA president. Funny … I never heard this about two men in a row or even 127 in a row (the longest streak). Why would it be so different to have two women in a row?

        Geraldine Morrow, DDS, made history in 1991 as the first female ADA president, followed 15 years later by Kathy Roth, DDS, in 2006. Feinberg was elected in 2014, eight years later, and then me the following year. With intervals between the elections of female presidents decreasing, and attitudes toward female leaders in the ADA apparently warming, it might seem to an outsider as though we had overcome our reluctance to elect female leaders. If only it were so simple.

         Read the rest of Dr. Summerhays’ piece in the Journal of the California Dental Association.


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