On the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Optimum is celebrating the amazing women we work with and wanted to share their stories as to what inspired them to work in the life sciences industry.
Considering the tremendous contribution women have made to science, dating as far back as 200 CE and beyond, with Mary the Jewess, an Alchemist whose work forms part of the foundation of modern chemistry, it is hard to comprehend that there remains a need for positive advocacy for women in science today.
Countless historical trailblazers such as Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake, one of the ‘Edinburgh Seven’ who fought to study medicine; Dorothy Hodgkin, the exceptional professor who solved the structure of insulin; to modern day heroes Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna who were awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2020 for discovering one of gene technology’s sharpest tools: the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors, to name only a few!
Optimum’s International Women’s Day campaign 2022 showed us that women are drawn to companies with strong ESG ideals and roles that offer them the scope to make a lasting impact. There is no denying that diversity of thought and empathy are qualities that women frequently bring to the table. Matched with a natural ability to multitask in our daily lives and a desire to look ahead, care for and provide sustainably for future generations, the benefits of a well-balanced workforce is surely evident?
To celebrate International Awareness Day of Women & Girls in Science, we wanted to share the hugely inspiring anecdotes and viewpoints that demonstrate the collective passion around gender equality and the recognition of the pivotal work Women in Science continue to deliver.
Here is what the amazing women we are lucky to work with had to say: