Why female surgeons are posing like this New Yorker cover

Who runs the world? Female surgeons do.

Story highlights

  • A New Yorker cover of four female surgeons has inspired real surgeons to recreate it
  • Surgeons from around the world are bringing visibility to women in their field

(CNN)Malika Favre has designed several covers for the New Yorker. But she's never seen any take off like her latest one.

It shows four women in blue doctors' scrubs over an operating table. And it has struck a chord.
    Female surgeons around the world are now posting photos of themselves online, recreating the pose.
    "It shows the power of an image and how you can touch a lot of people," Favre told CNN.

    Doctors respond

    Endocrine surgeon Susan Pitt saw the cover at a conference and asked three other female surgeons to pose with her to mimic it.
    "I just thought it would be cool to replicate this in real life and at the same time, to show people that there really are women surgeons in real life," Pitt told CNN.
    When other surgeons started posting similar photos, her Twitter feed exploded. Pitt, who works for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, was amazed with the response.