What advice would you give to women that are thinking about pursuing a career in science but are afraid to take the first step?
The most important message I’d like to spread to everyone thinking about pursuing a career in science is knowing that you belong. Science is not about knowing it all, it’s about asking the right questions. So, if you have that curiosity and an inner urge to understand the nature of things then you do possess the main quality of a scientist.
Pursuing a career in science might not be easy, and this is okay. Don’t be afraid to seek out suppor and take advantage of resources available to support women in STEM. Also, don’t let impostor syndrome hold you back: challenge the negative thoughts with evidence of your accomplishments and skills.
Another message I want to convey to those struggling with imposter syndrome is that you are not to blame. For decades, women have been wrongly told to simply overcome this issue. However, the root cause of imposter syndrome lies in systemic discrimination and abuses of power, and it is not your fault that you feel this way. If you are experiencing imposter syndrome, I encourage you to seek out companies and universities that actively address systematic bias. These environments provide opportunities to flourish and transform healthy self-doubt into a source of positive motivation.
Finally, have confidence in yourself. Pursuing a career in science can be challenging, but it is important to have confidence in yourself and your abilities. Believe in yourself and your ability to succeed.