A Message on International Women’s Day
Today is International Women’s Day, which is a day to celebrate the achievements of women in different spheres of modern life. This includes their impact on the workplace, our social structure, academia and politics. Personally, I have always been inspired by the trailblazers that came before me and helped pave the path for my own career. Today, I am a woman, a physician and a business owner that is contributing to her community and family thanks to the sacrifices that women doctors before me made. They broke through walls and barriers that today we cannot imagine existed. Now we are the torch bearers of this movement for parity and it is our responsibility to take further steps for equality.
Being a doctor has allowed me to contribute to the well-being and health of women and I believe I would not be able to make such an impact if I was in any other profession. I come from a family of doctors so becoming a physician may have come naturally to me with the support and help of my family. However, there are many little girls out there that do not have the family support, societal support or economic support needed to pursue an education or career as a doctor. I believe the first step in changing this is to empower little girls to believe they can achieve whatever goal they set for themselves. This includes careers in medicine and other sciences where women are lagging. Any time a women enters the profession she is helping mold the direction that modern medicine will take and can help bring to light women’s health issues that can be ignored by a male dominated field.
This video of a Ted talk by Sarah Kay is something I wanted to share with my readers. I do not have a daughter, but if I did I imagine I would tell her the same thing to help her on her journey. I hope this message is inspirational and empowering to others as it was for me.