Mae Jemison, engineer, physician, former NASA astronaut, and the first African American woman to travel into space said, “Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”
Today, on International Women and Girls in Science day, we honor the pioneers who fought effortlessly to unbox the mindsets of those incapable of seeing women as more than their traditional gender roles. Trailblazers like Marie Curie, Rosalind Frank, Mae Jemison, and so many others shaped the world we live in today. While there’s still progress to be made, now more than ever, women are making their marks in STEM careers; changing the lives of the people and patients they work to impact, and teaching the girls of tomorrow that they are capable of creating a brilliant, adventurous life.
Until glass ceilings are eradicated and days like today are no longer necessary, we’ll celebrate women in science everywhere, including some remarkable members of our own team whose work ethic, brilliance, and motivation inspires us each day.
I chose to pursue a career in science after a close family member was diagnosed with a serious chronic illness. While I’ve encountered some close-minded people along my journey, I’ve always had the safety and support of family and close friends, particularly that of my mother, who inspires me daily. A career in the scientific field allows me to focus my efforts on positively impacting patients, improving disease outcomes, and giving patients the opportunity to create the lives they want to lead.
To future generations: find your passion, find your purpose, then excel at it. In the end, rather than attempting balance, create harmony between your work and personal life. Life is not 50/50, or black and white. Many fail to accomplish balance, but striving for harmony creates contentment in all facets of your life. – Samara Attalla, MS | Account Manager
When I was 12 years old, I had the opportunity to visit a hospital pharmacy. I was enamoured by the thought of learning all I could about medicines, and helping patients along their journey. This led me to a career in science. After more than 30 years in the medical communications field, my passion for learning and helping others has only continued to grow. I’m inspired by anyone who has overcome obstacles, and shares their experience with others.
To future generations: read all you can about the amazing opportunities available to you. Find mentors, ask questions, and always continue moving forward. Take risks, and don’t be afraid to fail! You were created to do amazing things and you can do more than you think you can. – Joni Bradley, PharmD | President & CEO
I was 6 when my interest in science began. Inspired by my dad and driven by those around me, I worked to shatter the glass ceiling that restricted many in academic sciences, and I pushed through. A career in science means you never stop learning new things, which is by far the best and coolest part of my job.
To future generations: read plenty and read often. Don’t confine yourself to one specific area of interest. Learn as much as you can about everything. – Lamara Shrode, PhD, ISMPP, CMPP | Vice President, Scientific Services
My interest in science began in an AP Bio class my senior year in high school, and is a passion I’ve pursued ever since. Throughout my journey, I’ve been fortunate to have been surrounded by mentors, both male and female, who have encouraged and supported my scientific aspirations. My greatest inspiration, however, is my grandma. Science, as a career, is basically just always learning new things, and I love to learn new things.
To future generations: I stumbled across one of my favorite pieces of advice scrolling through social media, “Be like the I-95. Always be working on yourself, no matter how long it takes or how much it inconveniences others.” Your career is a marathon, not a sprint. Take care of yourself. – Alicia Salinero, PhD | Senior Scientific Writer
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been interested in science. It began as a love of nature and animals, and grew from there. As a graduate student, I often faced imposter syndrome, because the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know. Don’t let this be an obstacle. Continue to learn everything you can and grow in your surroundings. It’s well worth it. A career in science allows me to come to work each day and be inspired by my brilliant female colleagues and clients. I love the feeling of knowing that the work I do impacts the lives of patients.
To future generations: explore all of the options available to you! Informational interviews are a great way to learn about different types of science careers and opportunities available for personal and professional growth. – Caroline Walsh Cazares, PhD | Senior Scientific Writer
Here’s to the future of women in science; a world where women stand toe-to-toe with their male counterparts. A world where they shine fiercely and unapologetically while boldly chasing their passion. A world where gender plays no role in career trajectory. Because these women are so much more than “women in science.”
They are scientists…who happen to be women.
At JB Ashtin we are Rooted in Science and Driven to Inspire.
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JB Ashtin is a medical communications company focused on translating science into actionable clinical practice. Our mission is to provide education that creates a more informed dialogue between HCPs and the patients they care for. We do this through creating learning experiences that make complex scientific information digestible and meaningful to the advancement of patient care.