🧵Representation matters and this statistic is startling.

There are only 10 Black women physicians @verified on Twitter #VerifyBlackWomenPhysicians Image
On March 20, 2020 there was a call to get public health experts verified, yet over one year later there are only 10 Black women physicians @verified. #VerifyBlackWomenPhysicians
.@verified accounts are determined to be of public interest and authentic. Amid a deadly pandemic disproportionately killing Blacks it's important to #VerifyBlackWomenPhysicians Image
Given the fact that Black women are 3X more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than White women... it's important to #VerifyBlackWomenPhysicians Image
.@EbonyJHilton_MD contributed her expertise to multiple news broadcasts throughout the pandemic, yet is still not @verified #VerifyBlackWomenPhysicians
.@gradydoctor is 1 of ~300 full-time Black women faculty at U.S. medical schools who’ve achieved the rank of full Professor. She's mentored countless medical students and doctors, yet is still not verified. #VerifyBlackWomenPhysicians
Here are a few Black women physicians awaiting verification, feel free to add more in the comments. #VerifyBlackWomenPhysicians
@EbonyJHilton_MD @gradydoctor @DrBrittaniJ, @AmmahStarr, @IssakaMD, @DrHeardGarris, @ayshakhoury, @DrFNA, @Eugenia_South, @ShawnteJamesMD, @CamaraJones
Here are the 10 Black women physicians @verified amid a deadly pandemic disproportionately killing Blacks #VerifyBlackWomenPhysicians
@uche_blackstock, @oni_blackstock, @RheaBoydMD, @pturnermd, @SophieBalzoraMD, @DrJRMarcelin, @DrBurkeHarris, @DrNunezSmith, @Boghuma, @DrTsion Image
Representation matters #VerifyBlackWomenPhysicians
Quote-tweet and reply with the hashtag #VerifyBlackWomenPhysicians. Let's get this trending.
Adding @DrMaryTBassett & @KBibbinsDomingo brings the number of verified Black women physicians to 12

Congratulations to @DrAlethaMaybank who has just been verified.


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