Jenny Firman - Respect for doing your job well

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Department of Veterans' Affairs


I saw a lot of female patients in the Navy because they want to see a female doctor often. In those days people understood that that's part and parcel … Everywhere I worked, if you did your job well, the fact you were female mattered very little. If you did your job badly, it might matter more.

But most people respected a team member who was prepared to do their job well and contribute to the team. And that would be male or female and I think absolutely there would be instances of bad behaviour and I was in a quite different position as a doctor on board compared to a junior sailor and I'm sure instances of bad behaviour happen everywhere and are still happening but, as I say, most people would respect you to do your job well.

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