International Day of Women and Girls in Science
International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated on the 11th February every year with the aim at bridging the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths both in a work environment and education. We’re really lucky here at Lifeplus to have lots of women in various areas of science and technology.
We asked some of our colleagues about why they love working in STEM subjects and were amazed at the response we got to not only support this day but to also inspire girls and women to explore a career in science and technology.
“So what do I love about STEM subjects? It’s that they are a fundamental part to all of our lives, especially in the technology driven times we live in. To be part of this and help to make improvements to people’s daily lives in the use of software or technology makes me feel very proud. And I love to share this with others. I’ve taught coding at other STEM events and alongside some other amazing technologists with St Neots CoderDojo.”
“It’s important that girls are inspired and believe they have the same opportunities as men. I enjoyed science at school but it wasn’t my strongest subject, maybe due to the maths which wasn’t my strength. Moving into employment I joined a beauty manufacturing company, where I began to learn about the science behind beauty. My career has been within a creative role, working closely with technical and development chemists, looking at market trends, finding new ingredients, technologies and developing fragrances with perfumers – another kind of science! It’s fascinating to understand our bodies and how ingredients can make a positive difference, affecting our lives both physically and mentally. So if you love science, but struggle with the academic side, persevere! … there are many careers working alongside scientists – they need the creatives, marketeers and developers as much as we need them!”
“The world is ever changing. Technology has to change with the times. We live in a world where instant gratification is the norm. So the fact that we work with the latest technology and strive to stay current in technological practices for our labs mean a quicker turn-around time for results and products to our customers. And I am thrilled to be a part of this process.”
“I live and breathe data, and it would be great if I could convince just 1 girl that a career in data has endless opportunities. It is always changing and presenting new challenges, so you will never be bored. Being an Analyst challenges me mentally but also fuels my creative side. It won’t only be mathematics and statistics all the time, because there is a very creative element to it, be it an out of the box creative approach to solving the problem or making beautiful visualisations. I enjoy developing solutions and solving business problems, whilst making it aesthetically pleasing.
If I could choose any career, I would choose being an analyst every time!”
“I’m Veronica , the Research & Development Chemist at Lifeplus. My interest in science was sparked at a young age by a love of animals and the outdoors. Throughout school my favorite classes were math and science, so when I went to college, I pursued a degree in Biology. Starting at Lifeplus, almost 11 years ago, broadened my interest in Chemistry. Even though I started in the Microbiology Lab, I have had intensive training in all areas of the Quality Department. Now, I am able to work side by side with our in-house doctors developing new products for the ever-changing consumer. Science and Technology keeps you on your toes. You are in a constant state of learning with new instrumentation, theories and developments.”
“I was fortunate to have two particular women teachers who encouraged my interest in chemistry and math. I love that part of my career was in education, carrying forward that earlier mentorship by teaching fundamental lab skills to high school and college students. My favorite way to learn is by doing, which is why a science lab is a great place to work.”
“My mom, a High School Math and Science teacher, was one of the smartest women I have known. I have always loved math and science and I believe she passed this love on to me. I have been working in a lab setting for 38 years, and love it! It’s such a gratifying, challenging field that changes every day.
Now, I have a daughter that is a Nurse and 5 granddaughters that I hope will excel in Math and Science as well.
Allecia, IT – Web Developer
“I love solving challenging problems and continuously learning, two things that that are at the core of any STEM career.”
Sarah, IT Operations Coordinator
“When I first joined the IT Team, I was worried that it was all tech speak and acronyms and I would be out of my depth. Three years on, it’s still tech speak and acronyms, but I have a better understanding of it, and even use it myself! I have learnt so much from my peers and enjoy learning more each day.“
“One of my favorite aspects of working in accounting is seeing how the numbers are tied to all the different departments of Lifeplus. There is meaning in all the numbers that we work with. When I am able to solve problems and answer questions using these numbers, I can see how the small details work into the bigger picture and towards the mission of the company.”
“I recently read a quote by Marie Curie that stated, ”Life is not easy for us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” I encourage you to research Marie Curie. She opened up her mind and accomplished many things that was unimaginable in her time. Marie is not in my industry, but I still feel she is truly an inspiration for women in general. One may spend a lifetime figuring out their gift and how to use it. I say just go for it in the meantime. The SOMETHING she spoke of is definitely attainable, however it is up to the individual to figure out a way to make it attainable. I, and other women, at Lifeplus constantly strive to improve the SOMETHING. Whether it be a personal goal or helping others to achieve their goal, we encourage others to be successful. One small task can move mountains or several small tasks could eventually chip away at a wall that has been built for years. I love being part of a team, even if that is counting one bean at a time, that aids individuals to a healthier and happier life such as Lifeplus. A healthy life will help YOU achieve that SOMETHING out of life.”