The April 3rd cover of The New Yorker struck a chord with many women for an amazing reason — the illustration depicted four female surgeons peering through an operating theater. Although the field remains male-dominated, it’s quickly changing, and women surgeons have been recreating The New Yorker cover to challenge stereotypes of what a surgeon looks like.
The first recreation was posted on Twitter by Susan Pitt, an assistant professor of endocrine surgery at the University of Wisconsin.
Pitt spotted the cover while traveling to the annual meeting of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons and got the idea to recreate the art with four real surgeons.
Female surgeons quickly began to respond with their own photos, often with the caption “I Look Like A Surgeon,” a phrase that took off in 2015 to celebrate diversity in the field.
It started in America, but surgeons all over the world have already joined in the #NYerORCoverChallenge.
The New Yorker and the cover artist Malika Favre are totally here for this, and have been sharing the images in an effort to spread the word. On Tuesday, April 11th, the magazine published a column about the challenge.
The challenge has taken off in a major way, and we can’t wait to see more photos from female surgeons all over the world.