Persevere, persist, and prioritize. These are some of the powerful words of wisdom that women in science at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia would like to share with the next generation of female scientists. To celebrate Women’s History Month this year, we are continuing our tradition of highlighting the talented researchers at CHOP who work in the science, engineering, math, and technology (STEM) fields, which have historically been underrepresented by women.
Less than 30 percent of the world’s researchers are women, according to data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. But, like the inspiring legacy of female trailblazers who came before them, our scientists lead novel research in their respective fields in their united mission to drive breakthroughs for children’s health. This year, we asked each nominee, elected by Research Institute Center of Emphasis leaders, to describe their current research and share one piece of wisdom for aspiring women in science. Here, they tell their stories about what drives them and the challenges that made them who they are today.