On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, five women from the University of Manitoba’s science department sat down to discuss their proudest achievements and how they can be empowered. This shift in conversation was significant because it allowed these women to focus on their talents, ambitions, passion, and vision for their work and the world. Dr. Elif Acar, Dr. Margaret Docker, Dr. Deborah Court, Dr. Samar Safi-Harb, and Dr. Parimala Thulasiraman shared their experiences with the journalist ahead of the day.
The women emphasized the importance of a supportive community for girls to pursue science from a young age. They also highlighted how having a family with a career in research is compatible with raising children. Additionally, representation in science has a significant impact on inspiring women and girls to pursue careers in this field. The women discussed their proudest moments, such as seeing their students succeeding, creating inclusive environments in their labs, and achieving their dream jobs. They also talked about their contributions to their fields of study, including publishing book chapters.
This conversation serves as a call to action for society to ask these questions frequently and truly listen to women’s experiences in science. It is crucial to advocate for women’s rights and empower them as allies in this field. By doing so, we can create a more diverse and inclusive scientific community that benefits everyone involved.