What is your role at Chemistry and what does that entail?

I just started as Interim Resource Manager at Chemistry, working to make everyone’s working lives easier!

How are you celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day?

I like to think every day is International Women’s Day, throwing compliments to all the beautiful people out there and just generally being an awesome international woman.

Has there ever been a time in your career where you felt being a woman has held you back?

Unfortunately, it has. Throughout my PhD I was made acutely aware of it, when I’d never considered it at all previously, having worked as a scientist. It was a shock, and one I never expected to face. I realised it wasn’t just me facing prejudice, so campaigned for equality, and was elected to the Union Council where I gave a voice to, not only women, but everyone.

And on the flip side, has being a woman ever been an advantage for you in your role?

Again, unfortunately it has. I was previously working in a male-dominated environment and whilst I’d like to believe my charm and personality would have won the day regardless of gender I do feel I was able to make some relationships in this role easier due to being a woman.

What advice would you give young women entering the world of work today?

Be brave. Be passionate. Be authentic.

What do you think is the single biggest issue currently facing women/ feminism?

The biggest issue for me is that whilst very necessary, we are still talking about it. I’m so proud of all the people (men and women) who are standing up for women’s rights and starting the revolution but I dream of the day where we’ve already achieved equality.

If you were to start your career again what would you do differently?

I would invest more in me. Whilst I am proud of my qualifications, I don’t believe they define me. I envy people who are multilingual, but it’s never too late!

Who is a woman that inspires you and why?

With my background in science, my inspiration is Melinda Gates. The foundation she co-founded with her husband and the grand challenges programme has funded 2231 grants in an effort to improve healthcare globally and reduce extreme poverty.

What main change would you like to see for young girls in the next generation?

I would like to see the next generation of girls being inspired and empowered by the current ones. To have the ability to shape their futures, be engineers, athletes, homemakers, entrepreneurs, or whatever they choose and to be kind and supportive to one another in those choices.

What is your go to girl power anthem?

It might have to be Katy Perry – Firework. Do I lose points for this? Who cares! Baby you’re a firework!