Women in medicine have tackled both visible and invisible challenges throughout the test of time. I am grateful to be standing upon the shoulders of giants who were the original pioneers, ensuring that women have a permanent place in medicine. What inspires me now is the fine-tuning; the push for gender equity in the nuances largely unspoken and unseen from the public eye. It is empowering to stand as an advocate to abolish gender pay gaps, discuss the implications of maternity leave, and encourage women to push the ceiling on what is possible – both within medicine and beyond.
It is an incredibly dynamic time in medicine and boundless opportunities await! I have the privilege of being mentored by so many remarkable women in medicine and similarly, I would advise young women entering this field to identify and connect with the people who inspire them. Do not underestimate the remarkable power of realizing that everyone needs supports and the courageous beauty found in leaning on others when you do.