— malika favre (@malikafavre) April 10, 2017
New Yorker covers are created to strike up conversations and start discussions. The one created for the magazine’s April 3 issue, however, is doing more than that—it’s causing people to act.
The cover, created by Malika Favre, shows four female doctors in blue scrubs standing over an operating table. To illustrate the image, Favre pulled from her own experience. “I was operated by a woman surgeon as a kid,” Favre told CNN.
Although the cover wasn’t meant to make any sort of public statement, the image took off on social media, inspiring female surgeons all over the world to recreate the pose using the hashtag #ILookLikeASurgeon.
It’s reported that the first woman to recreate the image was an endocrine surgeon for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Susan Pitt. She asked other female doctors to pose with her after seeing the cover at a conference.
— Susan Pitt (@susieQP8) April 4, 2017
Bringing attention to all the empowering women in the world & Phillip 💙Here is my wonderful team, we are making a difference in the world and that’s the best gift I could receive 💞 Making people feel wonderful about themselves is truly a blessing! Remake of the @newyorkermag cover by the one and only @malikafavre 👏🏼 #PetroPerfect #newyorkermagazine #newyorkermag #instagood #happy #plasticsurgery #bham #ilooklikeasurgeon #womeninsurgery
Dr. Petro explained that, as a child, watching her father operate inspired her to become a surgeon. However, growing up in Mississippi, becoming a surgeon didn’t always seem like an option. “As a female, especially in Mississippi, there is a stigma as to what a girl can do,” she explained. “Being a physician was not uncommon, but women were typically not surgeons.”
— LurieChildrenSurgery (@LuriePedSurg) April 19, 2017
— Brady Institute (@brady_urology) April 18, 2017
— Angela Cheng (@AngelaChengMD) April 17, 2017
— Dr Nikki Stamp FRACS (@drnikkistamp) April 12, 2017
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