Celebrating the Women Making an Impact in Science and Brain Tumor Research
In 2020, we hosted a dynamic and informative Facebook Live roundtable with some of the women of the Ivy Brain Tumor Center. The session was a Q&A on International Day of Women and Girls in Science and was hosted in an effort to provide a candid conversation about the challenges women face in their STEM-focused careers. All three women on the panel, with different backgrounds, ages, and perspectives, came with invaluable advice. During the discussion, the team shared how they’ve personally overcome some of the barriers commonly faced by women and that while society has come a long way, there is still work to be done in order to help build confidence, instill a sense of worthiness among peers and create a healthy work/life balance.
Jacki Garcia also provided insight about working long hours as a nurse, creating a healthy work/life balance for her and her family, and how there’s not a single day she doesn’t use science in some aspect to do her job.
All three women who are immersed in the complex world of brain cancer research, continue to drive crucial expertise, support and hope to brain cancer patients and their families. With strong mentorship and a bit of vulnerability, their hope is that these conversations will encourage women to consider what can be achieved when we have powerful discussions about what is subconsciously holding women back.
On #InternationalWomensDay, we honor and thank the women who work hard, move beyond social norms and continue to encourage others every single day. And as the ladies of the Ivy Center said, “We need more women in science… stay curious… and follow your dreams!”