Going It Alone: The Single, Unmarried, Unpartnered, Childless Woman Physician

  • Kirsten S. PaynterEmail author


The single, unmarried, unpartnered, childless, woman physician whether single by choice or by circumstance is a phenomenon to which the culture and workplace are still adapting. She has defied cultural traditions and norms in the pursuit of dedicating herself to her calling as a healer. She manages her work and all of life outside of work, and she does it all alone. She can experience vulnerability, isolation, and loneliness. She strives to cultivate for herself a positive self-image, an attitude of positivity, and a network of social capital that may include family or a “family of friends.” She avoids becoming “married to work,” by taking herself by the hand, knowing that her independence, health, and success are best supported by her interdependence within her greater workplace and social community. She is a catalyst for change, an example of what is possible, and a flourishing queen for such a time as this.


Single at work Single women at work Single physician Single woman physician Single physician mom Single by choice Unconscious bias single woman Singled out Sheconomy Single Working Women’s Day 


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  1. 1.Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Musculoskeletal Longitudinal Course, Mayo Clinic Alix School of MedicineScottsdaleUSA

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