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The History of Women’s Pain Management and Gender Bias in Medicine

11 August 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this workshop, Medical Herstory offers a historical perspective into how gender bias influences health experiences and medical care, with a focus on women’s pain (including childbirth). Through patient experience case studies, interactive trivia, and group discussions, we will address the implicit and institutional biases that have historically influenced women’s experiences of seeking and receiving care, and explore how to overcome these barriers.

The workshop will include discussions on racism, sexism, medical dismissal and discrimination, in addition to an exploration of societal and gender norms and factors influencing women’s health.

This workshop has been organised by the museum’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group.


Medical Herstory is an award-winning international non-profit on a mission to eliminate sexism, shame, and stigma from health experiences. We are dedicated to raising awareness on gender health inequity through storytelling, undoing stigma, patient advocacy, and medical education. We run an online publication, hold events, and run workshops to provide education on how gender bias and stereotypes influence illness experiences and medical care.

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