Women at Imperial portraits
We hope these portraits will help raise awareness and showcase female role models for our students, as well as recognise the many contributions that women make in College, as researchers, teachers, technicians, professional and support staff, and as students.
To ensure a lasting legacy, each framed portrait will be put on display in their home department. We hope in doing so to plant a seed – that departments will build their own collections of portraits of female role models for our students and colleagues. Some have already started.
Beyond Women@Imperial Week, we would like to see departments expanding their collections to include people from across the full spectrum of our community. The importance of visible role models, particularly for under-represented groups at the College, cannot be under-estimated.
Professor Stephen Curry, Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Women@Imperial Week, March 2019
Professor Fay Dowker
"When I am discouraged, I use my feeling of responsibility to my foremothers who were denied their chances to be mathematicians and physicists and to the younger generation of women coming after me, to inspire me to keep going.”
"Give it your best, trust yourself and your achievements will speak for themselves."
Dr Zahra Sharif Khodaei
"My goal is to inspire more female students to study engineering and be the leaders of tomorrow."
Professor Wendy Barclay
“I believe that good science happens when a group of people can exchange ideas in a manner uninhibited by age, gender, race or experience. It is a privilege to work as a scientist because our world is truly without boundaries."
"Remember that there’s no need to rush, life isn’t a race. I believe that what’s meant to be will be. Work hard and the results will follow."
Dr Angela Kedgley
"Be tenacious when all doesn’t go according to plan. Determine what you want, listen to yourself, and then be brave and make it happen.”
“The advice I would give to a younger colleague is a quote, which I believe is attributed to Steve Martin: ‘Be so good, they can’t ignore you’.”
Sasha Ashbourne Lewis
“I’m willing, focused and proud of the work I do, and inspired about where it will take me in the future.”
Dr Yu-Ting Lin
"In my portrait, the big ‘B’ of the Business School stands out in the background. This reminds me of a trope often found in oriental landscape painting known as ‘tiny people in big places’, used to emphasise harmony with the natural world. It reminds me of the journey that I’ve chosen"
"Taking on my Imperial 600 role has helped me to recognise what I have to offer. And seeing that what I am doing is affecting positive change within the College has boosted my confidence."
Dr Caroline Howe
"As women, we owe it to ourselves, to those who came before and those who will come after, to pick each other up when we fall and give us that little nudge of encouragement to keep going. It is worth it!"
Dr Surrinder Johal
"When an opportunity comes across, take it with both hands. Don't think, 'I don't know if I can do that.' Just give it a go. If it doesn't work out, it doesn't work out - but just imagine if it does!"
“I have been lucky to have known many incredible women in my life, but my Mum is the woman who inspires me the most."
"One of the women who has influenced me the most is Dr Barbara A. Kennedy, who was my personal tutor at university. She was a straight talker, who pushed her students hard intellectually, and didn’t take any nonsense."
Dr Paola Criscuolo
“If you set high enough standards for yourself, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for what you deserve.”
"When we empower women to achieve anything they put their minds to, incredible things can happen."
Professor Sara Rankin
Professor of Leukocyte and Stem Cell Biology, National Heart and Lung Institute