International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
The call to action for this year is to #pressforprogress to:
- challenge stereotypes and bias
- forge positive visibility of women
- influence others’ beliefs / actions
- celebrate women’s achievements
Here in FutureNeuro, we are extremely proud that over 46% of our team is female. This is well above the target set out by Science Foundation Ireland for gender balance in the SFI Gender Strategy 2016-2020. We are also the only SFI Research Centre to have an all-female operations team!
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we interviewed each of the women in the centre to showcase the amazing work they are involved in and to give a little insight into the many different ways that you can enter into a STEM career.
Despite the fact that we are a centre dedicated to chronic and rare neurological diseases, FutureNeuro is not exclusively a team of neurologists or neuroscientists. The women in FutureNeuro are also clinicians, medical physicists, geneticists, computer scientists, business managers, neurobiologists, science communicators and even an environmental scientist. This combination of extremely diverse, strong women who are excelling in their respective fields highlights some career paths that are available to anyone who is interested in working in STEM.
Click on the images below to read more about about each person.