“We don’t want to be sought out because we’re women. We want to be sought out because we’re awesome.”
So says Meg Tirrell, co-presenter of Signal, the podcast from STAT. The latest episode of Signal deals with one of the thorniest issues in science and biotech today: sexism, and how can women get their work and their awesomeness taken seriously in a sector that still largely caters to the achievements of their male counterparts.
From scantily clad models at industry events (and you thought it was 2016) to the incredible reactions that female biotech CEOs have faced in their careers (“I don’t want to deal with you because you are a woman,” some man once said to Miriam Boer, founder and chief technology officer of Sonify Biosciences), Signal interviews just a few of the awesome ladies in biotech to get their view on what the issues are, and how we can create greater gender parity across the board.