International Women’s Day – Celebrating women in Science and Medicine

I’m a mother. I’m a daughter. Being women in science is a way of showing them that we can make a difference. I started off as a basic researcher, and now I’m in a truly in a translational research lab and to me this means that what we do might change the outcomes for patients. As a mother, a daughter, a friend my family has been touched by cancer and this is a big opportunity for me to help
the people that are out there. For most of us, science is more than a job. It’s our passion – it’s the reason why we wake up every day and come to the lab and do what we do. For me, it means being a role model
for younger women. I feel like there’s a vast under-representation of women in not only science, but medicine. I am a junior doctor with special interest
in breast endocrine surgery. and that’s an area that’s highly
under-populated for females. I think it’s important to be a role model
for all the young girls. So, I’ve got one family member who came to me and was like, “Oh, I have to go back home and tell my granddaughters all about you because, you know, I have to let them know that girls can do anything they want.” And it’s very important for me to be able to set as a
role model for my nieces as well. I want them to believe that they can grow up to be whatever they want to be. Regardless of gender – women and men – we’re all here for a common reason which is to do things better and help people. And again, regardless of gender, we will do this together.

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