Topic of ‘Gender Gap’ in Optometry Is Focus of ‘Power Hour’ Sept. 11 Show

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FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J.—Is there a Gender Gap in optometry? That will be the topic of discussion on the Wed. Sept. 11 edition of “The Power Hour,” which will feature Maureen Cavanagh, president of Nassau Vision Group, on the weekly online radio talk show hosted by Gary Gerber, OD, founder of The Power Practice, a practice management company.

Said Gerber, “Harvard Medical School's Department of Health Care Policy recently published a study claiming that female physicians earn about 25 percent less than their male counterparts. Could the same thing be happening in optometry? It appears to be the case based on statistics from a Jobson Optical Research and Local Eye Site 2011 study that showed male optometrists who are owners/partners earned $159,449 vs. $117,611 for their female counterparts.

“Maureen Cavanagh talks about this as well as why there are so few women in leading industry positions. She'll also discuss the differences in how males and females perform as leaders. Given the growing number of female optometrists, this is a very important topic regardless of your own gender and it promises to be a great show,” he said.

“The Power Hour” radio shows are sponsored by Essilor of America and VSP Global. The show, which can be heard online or by phone every Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. E.T., is a live discussion vehicle for current practice-building events in optometry, political viewpoints and clinical topics. Listeners can dial in to “The Power Hour” from any phone at (646) 716-8746 or can listen in from any computer or smart phone. The Power Hour sessions, which launched in 2012, are archived on The Power Practice site. Users can also click to listen to past shows or download segments on iTunes.