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2 Things

Screen Shot 2018-01-12 at 8.43.31 AMI was asked by a reporter recently what I do when I’m faced with covert or overt discrimination in STEM, the workplace, in my career, etc. (And trust me, it’s been far more covert for me, and I still don’t think I’m everyone’s jam because I’m an ambitious woman – which isn’t a popular thing to say – but honest. You all wanted me to keep it real this year – so here it is!)

I do two things.

1. I move forward – I’m not a past-dweller, nor can I change anyone but myself. So, if I’m not someone’s jam, I simply move on and keep on doing my work. I work harder, too. Eventually, I am lucky enough to find people who do get my flavor and who want to collaborate, and then we move forward together, creating win-wins along the way.

What’s that saying? ‘Don’t chase people – do you and your own thing. The right people will show up in your life and stay.’ – Something like that-ish. And I believe that.

2. I make d*mn sure the next generation of girls don’t face these egregious practices – I write books for girls to show them what STEM possibilities include, so they’re aware of the choices and options, regardless of their gender. I coach college students in my rotations to make sure they carry on the profession of pharmacy as men and women who look at each other as perhaps different, but qualified, with an appreciation for differences. I mentor women of all stations, ages, colors and orientations step 1 above, and show them that they create their own nirvanas, rather than waiting for someone else to hand nirvana to them.

That’s all I can do.

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