International Day of Women and Girls in Science
I’m a pathologist at Meadville Medical Center. Pathologist: the doctor who looks at tissue biopsies and blood smears under a microscope to make the diagnosis: normal or abnormal, cancer or no cancer?
I absolutely love my job! I get to solve problems, figure out diagnoses, interpret cool lab tests like molecular studies and flow cytometry, and most importantly, I get help so many people every single day. It’s like being a detective who helps uncover what’s wrong, so that other doctors can help treat the patient.
Women have made strides in the world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), but there’s still a long way to go in terms of equitable opportunities, representation, and compensation. That makes me even more proud to be part of a department where, of all the people with scientific and technical backgrounds, 82% are women!
From lab technicians to phlebotomists, bench researchers to pathologists, pathology and lab medicine offers so many different career avenues for people interested in science. On this Women and Girls in Science Day, I am so grateful for the empowerment and fulfilment that our careers in science bring us, by allowing us to help people and make their lives, and our own, a little bit better every day. Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science! Hope to see so many more of you in our science ranks!
Since 2015, the United Nations has observed February 11 as International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The American Institute of Investigative Pathology provides resources for women interested in the field of pathology.