International Day of Women and Girls in Science is February 11, and
in 2021 we celebrate the “Women Scientists at the Forefront of the
Fight against COVID-19.” I work in an industry with some incredible
female scientists and every day am in awe of how they innovate and
tackle challenges to fight COVID-19, from developing vaccines, to
finding ways to care for high-risk patients, to balancing work and family.
Yet, the pandemic is also exposing and widening existing gender
gaps in science that result in less than 30% of researchers
worldwide being women. To combat this, we must start by
acknowledging the tremendous efforts of the women who overcome
socioeconomic, racial and cultural barriers to deliver brilliance in
As a woman scientist, I’m proud of the opportunity I had at the
start of the pandemic to mobilize an esteemed team to build a health
data mapping tool that enables us to continue serving our patients
while ensuring employee safety. By aggregating data to track
hyperlocal COVID-19 indicators, we can assess if in-person or virtual
engagement is preferred—all with the goal of continuing to provide
critical access to our medicines.
I believe in the power and necessity of diversity and I encourage
us all to celebrate the women who make the world a better and safer place.
Learn more about International Day of Women and Girls in Science.