By the end of her first year, Ms. Stiles was on her third shift in the neonatal intensive care unit, at a hospital in a suburban Dallas suburb that serves more than 1 million residents.
It was a time of great change for her and the neonatology clinic at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
She had been hired as an obstetricians assistant in 2015 after graduating from Harvard Medical School and working as a medical student in the mid-1990s.
She was now in her first full year as a neonatologist, and she loved it.
But she wasn’t getting paid enough.
She’d also been given less than half of what she was worth in her current position, so she was asking for more.
And the hospital she worked at wasn’t offering much.
The company’s maternity benefits and maternity pay were not indexed to inflation, and the hospital wasn’t allowing doctors to make more than $200,000 a year, even though its employees earn more than that.
She began asking for raises, which she got.
But the nurses who took her calls weren’t as generous.
They would not allow her to have more than one child, even when they could afford a triplet.
And there was another issue.
Because Ms. Hays is white, she was expected to keep her white privilege intact.
But that’s not the case at all, said Ms. Smith, the neonetologist.
As a white woman in a white institution, Ms