Celebrating International Women’s Day

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is “Choose to Challenge,” which encourages everyone to challenge gender bias and inequality and create a more inclusive world.

In the field of Science, women have made significant contributions, from Marie Curie’s groundbreaking research on radioactivity to Rosalind Franklin’s crucial role in the discovery of the structure of DNA.  Today, women continue to make important contributions to scientific fields, including immunology, which is the focus of the Rossjohn Lab.

Women in the Rossjohn lab are driving forward our understanding of the immune system, and their work is essential to the advancement of scientific knowledge. We commend the efforts of our women from undergraduate and graduate students, exchange and scholarship students, research assistants, research fellows, group leaders, administrative staff, managers and artist in residence.

We acknowledge that women still face significant challenges in the Sciences, such as the gender pay gap, fellowship and grant successes, lack of representation in leadership positions, and bias and discrimination. To address these challenges, we sat down over some coffee and snacks, interacting and networking.  We hope it will help to foster a supportive lab community where we can look to each other for help and guidance and increase the visibility of women in Science.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s important to remember that there is still much work to be done to ensure gender equality in Science and beyond. By supporting and championing women in Science, we can help create a more diverse and inclusive scientific community that benefits us all. Let us continue to celebrate the achievements of women in Science and work together to break down the barriers that still exist. By doing so, we can create a more equitable and just world for everyone. Happy International Women’s Day.