“Do You Know” of the Conflict of Having a Family and Career as a Female Surgeon? The Representation of Cristina Yang in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy

Barbara Biederer

Abstract


According to a 2009 poll, only 27% of all surgeons in the United States are women, and looking at thoracic cardiac surgeons, this number declines to merely 3%. Seeking to shed light on cultural, political, and social preconditions of this fact, this essay investigates the conflict many female heart surgeons face, namely the decision between job and family, as it is represented and performed by Cristina Yang in the popular ABC drama series Grey’s Anatomy (2005-today).


Keywords


Gender; Career; Family; Grey’s Anatomy; Cristina Yang; Female Heart Surgeon

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