We spoke to colleagues across NHLI to hear their thoughts on gender equality in the workplace, and how they've overcome any obstacles in their way.
International Women's Day, the 8th March, is a day for celebrating women's achievements and for highlighting what still needs to be done globally for gender equality.
We spoke to colleagues across the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) and the wider Faculty of Medicine to hear their thoughts and experiences of female equality at the College, and the advice they would share in the fight against gender discrimination.
"I’m proud to be one of many women working in science. I started at Imperial as a research technician, gained a substantial amount of laboratory skills during the years. When an opportunity of a PhD came across, I grabbed it with both hands.
I dealt with challenging times with patience, perseverance, hard work and listening to inspiring/supportive voices. I think it’s very important to believe in yourself and follow the path you feel is right for you."
"I am fortunate to be surrounded by so many successful women, both academic and professional. It's really inspiring to work with women who are willing to support and uplift those around them. I too hope to amplify voices of women from all areas of the NHLI and Imperial.
I will continue to stand up for equal opportunities within the workplace. I understand as women we need to be fighting all forms of inequality and that true feminism must be intersectional."
Dr Rasha Al-Lamee
"Celebrating women in science is inspirational and so necessary! But I also look forward to a day when we will have true equality and we will no longer need to distinguish between the achievements of women or men in science. We will just fairly recognise individuals for their fantastic academic contributions."
Dr Saffron Willis-Owen
"Gender equality means not having to choose between being a good mother to my three wonderful children and being a successful scientist. It means being able to apply my unique skill set in non-traditional, innovative ways."
"For me, gender equality in science means that women are celebrated and recognised on the ground of their merit, competences and creativity, ahead of any other personal feature or orientation.
Working to achieve this will mean an increasingly positive impact on research policies and practice in the scientific field, and their use in economic and social terms.
I've been very fortunate to have been positively supported by all my colleagues at Imperial. To those who face these challenges, please remember it is important to speak up against inequalities and to never underestimate your potential."
Take a look at Women at Imperial Portraits to hear from more inspirational women at Imperial.
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