In honour of women health researchers.

InternationalWomensDay-portraitToday is International Women’s day which has been celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world since the early 1900s.

The focus on this years campaign is Pledge for Parity which has been chosen because, The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the  gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133Shocking isn’t it?

It is important to me to mark this day and, oh the joys of blogging, I can do it here! However I have been wondering how to and mulling over the names of women who have done great things in the fields of health and health research, so many to choose from but which to single out ?

But then my thoughts turned much closer to home, to all of the women who are currently working as healthcare professionals alongside undertaking doctoral studies and those who have trodden this path before them. If you are one of them this post is dedicated to you.

I have had the privilege over many years to meet, work with, supervise and examine some of them and what amazing women they are. Working full time clinically, usually in the NHS, and undertaking a PhD on a part-time basis. The odds are pretty stacked up as they try to juggle their clinical work, academic study and family life. Navigating the competing demands of young children or teenagers whilst also, in some instances, caring for ageing parents as well.

Driven often by a niggling question that has arisen from their clinical work and a strong desire to, in their own way, make a difference to the lives of the patients they work with.  Dealing with the highs and lows of five years of being stretched in every way possible.

Amazing women and excellent role models for their daughters and the young women with whom they come into contact.

Today is your day to stand proud and celebrate the amazing person that you are

Here’s to strong women

May we know them

May we raise them

May we be them

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