On February 9, 2024, a conversation turned to women in science about their proudest achievements and how to empower them. This change was significant because it allowed women to focus on their talents, ambitions, passion and vision for their work and the world. It was a call to action to ask these questions often and to truly listen, stand up for women’s rights and empower them as allies.

Dr. Elif Acar, Dr. Margaret Docker, Dr. Deborah Court, Dr. Samar Safi-Harb and Dr. Parimala Thulasiraman, all women in science at the University of Manitoba, shared their experiences ahead of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11, 2024. They emphasized the importance supportive communities for girls to engage in science from an early age, family compatibility with a career in research and the impact of representation on inspiring women and girls into Science.

The panelists also highlighted their proudest moments, such as their students’ achievements, creating an inclusive environment in their labs, and landing their dream jobs. They also discussed their contributions to their fields of study, such as publishing book chapters. The conversation touched upon how representation plays a crucial role in inspiring young girls into science careers by showing them that they too can excel in this field.

This event brought attention to the importance of creating a more inclusive environment for women in science by encouraging open discussions that allow them to share their experiences and insights with others who may not have had similar opportunities before now. It serves as a reminder that we must continue working towards creating equal opportunities for all individuals regardless of gender or background so that they can pursue their passions without any barriers or limitations placed upon them.

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