'Go for it, dream big, work hard and persist': A message to the next generation of CF leaders in recognition of International Women's Day 2020

J Cyst Fibros. 2020 Mar;19(2):184-193. doi: 10.1016/j.jcf.2020.02.021. Epub 2020 Mar 7.


The focus for International Women's Day 2020 is gender equity:'We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.' We have come together as an international group of women holding senior positions within CF to raise awareness. There is growing recognition of gender imbalance within our sector in senior leadership, grant and publication success. Several institutions, such as National Institutes of Health, have missions to tackle this. The issues raised by our panellists were wide-ranging: decisions around starting a family, impact on career progression; experiences of bias in appointments or promotions; selfbelief. We hope that raising these issues will encourage future leaders in CF to step up, to build teams based on fairness, equity and diversity, and to catalyse steps towards this goal in their institutions and society more widely.

Keywords: Career; Childcare; Gender; Leadership; Promotion; Women.

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