Pakistani Women in Medicine: Myhs and Realities

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 5:00pm
A-15, Academic block, LUMS

In this talk, Dr. Ayesha Masood explores the historical trends underlying the feminization of medicine in Pakistan, their implications for the organization of medical profession and the place of women physicians in the Pakistani medical workforce. While there has been extensive research on how modern medicine created a paradigmatic hegemony of knowledge and power within modern medicine, often at the expense of local medical knowledge and practices, there is still a limited understanding of how this experience of colonization impacts the place of women in medical profession, particularly in developing countries.

In her discussion she will also trace the genealogy of “lady doctor,” a term commonly used for women physicians in Pakistan. Through this she explores how this term creates a myth of a profession, which is suitable for “ideal” women in Pakistan. She will further show how realities of the patriarchal medical profession and family undervalue women’s work in medicine. Finally, analyzing how women doctors are redefining and subverting professional identities to feminize medical profession.

Speaker bio
Dr. Ayesha Masood is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Suleman Dawood School of Business. Dr. Masood obtained her PhD in Anthropology from Arizona State University, USA in 2017. Her dissertation research project on women doctors’ representation in health workforce was funded by Wenner-Gren Foundation and American Institute of Pakistan Studies. Her prior education includes an MA in Political Science from the University of the Punjab, and an MBBS degree from King Edward Medical College, Lahore. Prior to joining LUMS, Dr. Masood has taught in Information Technology University and served as a doctor in Mayo Hospital Lahore.

Her research, broadly situated in feminist and critical methodologies, focuses on issues related to gender in organizations, evidence-based health policy, managing human resources in health and policy implementation. Her work has been published in top-ranked journals of the world including Gender Work & Organization, Organization, Sex Roles and Gender, Place and Culture.

Dr. Masood is currently working on developing a book on the work of women health providers in Pakistan. Her current research interests include cultural influences on network formation, front-line bureaucracy, and evidence-based health policy formulation.