Women are Perfect
This artwork is a product of a project by the Amplifier Design Lab to promote hope and COVID-19 safety.
Myths and misconceptions continue to negatively affect medical care received by women of color. Women of color are inappropriately thought to have lower incidences of breast cancer than white women (read more), and exaggerate their pain to seek pain medications, which impedes proper diagnosis and management (read more). These myths and false assumptions are not only detrimental to the individual patient and her medical care, but also fuel mistrust of medical institutions within communities of color.
The interactions among race, medical care, and health outcomes are immensely complex, but we cannot deny the history and continuing narrative of racism in medicine. To address implicit racism and sexism that disproportionately affect women of color, we must first acknowledge these myths and then seek to understand more, to hear and to learn from their experiences. Women are perfect. Women of color are perfect.