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Walking Out on the Boys

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  96 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In May 1991, Frances K. Conley, the first female tenured professor of neurosurgery in the country, made headline news when she resigned from Stanford University to protest the medical school's unabashed gender discrimination. In this controversial, forthright memoir, Conley portrays the world of academic medicine in which women are still considered inferior; she also expla ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published June 4th 1999 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published April 1st 1998)
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Feb 03, 2012 Nicholas rated it really liked it
At times the book is a bit too much of a play by play, but it's also a pretty riveting account of Conley's decision to leave (and then return to) her position as a tenured professor of neurosurgery at Stanford because of sexual harassment and a prolonged climate of hostility and gender discrimination, all embodied in the possibility of her most sexist colleague being promoted to chair. I definitely wanted to find out what happened, no question.

It's also really interesting to see -- only about 1
Michael Connolly
May 24, 2012 Michael Connolly rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, memoir
Stanford University neurosurgeons acting like frat boys. Many of these professors, doctors and scientists cannot relate to a woman professional as a professional, but only as someone to flirt with. I use to oppose women invading all-male social clubs, but after reading this book, I realize that we need the civilizing influence of women in order to avoid regressing into a more primitive part of the brain.
Jun 27, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
It makes me feel ways about stuff.
Liz VanDerwerken
Frances Conley's memoir of her experiences of the institutionalized sexism of Stanford's School of Medicine is scathing, riveting, and enlightening. She is an excellent writer and expresses her thoughts with such precision and clarity. Conley attended medical school in the 60s, concurrently with the era of Second-wave feminism. Thus her perspective is an interesting one, as she didn't view herself as a feminist under the circumstances; rather, her actions (her resignation at the appointment of a ...more
Lenny Husen
Feb 07, 2014 Lenny Husen rated it it was amazing
This was an exceedingly well-written memoir. While Dr. Conley isn't someone I would call likable or warm, being intimidating and a bit chilly, she is an amazing person, and her story is remarkable. I think I started it and after a few chapters was thinking, "WHAT the HECK does she have to complain about???!"
I applied to Stanford Medical School in 1994 and was rejected, and as I was sobbing and sobbing uncontrollably lying naked on the cold kitchen floor it never occurred to me that a woman who
Jul 29, 2016 Melissa rated it liked it
My daughter thought it was a good book but that the author was a bit of a whiny pants. I was more horrified at the author's original attitude to the sexism and sexual harassment she and the other women in med school, in the hospital and academia, received. She even told a female med student to basically suck it up if she wanted to be a doctor. I vaguely remember Dr. Conley's leaving Stanford but what I do really remember is the problem the U. had with using grant money for things like a fancy sa ...more
Feb 13, 2016 Marsha rated it it was amazing
Dr. Frances K. Conley, M.D. writes about sexual harassment that she experienced and other students and physicians experienced at Stanford University Medical facility in California. She quit her tenured job as a neurosurgeon because of the hostile environment. She covers an important topic about harassment in the work place, which I feel can be found in all work places, not just huge institutions, as I have personally experienced it in all forms myself. It is a long haul, but it will be an issue ...more
Mar 20, 2008 Corby rated it really liked it
Uh hunh. The stories that people can tell... It was almost painful for me to read the whole thing through knowing that yet another decade and a half has passed and, by and large, the glass ceiling is still reasonably intact in the academic medical community, for a variety of reasons. Thankfully, overtly sexist behavior is harder to find these days -- or perhaps it has started to retire.
Candis Stern
Aug 06, 2012 Candis Stern rated it liked it
Shelves: medical-related
Not surprising and interesting. Also dated now since it was written in 1998. Academic medicine is a tough field for women. I hope there has been a lot of progress since 1998. It was a good read, well written, just dated.
Feb 28, 2010 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book which brings insight to how women are valued or more accurately devalued in medicine as practitioners, patients and research subjects. Going to the doctor will never be the same after you read this.
Really quite a shocking book, even to those of us who grew up knowing the dirt on how Stanford treats women as a whole. Quite a fast read, too, which I appreciate as a reluctant reader of non-fiction popular tracts.
Jul 12, 2009 Corynn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: pre-meds, academics
An interesting read for would-be academics. I was dismayed at the recent dates given to most of the events depicted in the book.
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