A recent conference held at the Cultural Center of Spain in Mexico, titled “Women who inspire, achievements and challenges”, brought together three brilliant scientists to encourage the defeat of beliefs that some races and careers are not meant for women. The talk coincided with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, which is celebrated on February 11th, promoted by UNESCO and UN-Women.
During the conference, girls of all ages attended, showing interest in what the panelists had to share. Three accomplished Mexican scientists, including Érika Bustos, Isabel Gómez, and Citlali Trueba, shared their experiences and encouraged gender equality in the technological field through education.
Isabel Gómez spoke about her love for laboratory work and encouraged others to follow their passion for knowledge. She shared her personal challenges and how she overcame them to pursue her ambitions for the benefit of society. Her message resonated with many attendees who were inspired by her determination.
Érika Bustos revealed her love for biology and her interest in understanding the inner workings of living beings, particularly neurons. She spoke about how she pursued her passion despite facing discrimination due to gender stereotypes. Her story served as a reminder that women have always made important contributions to science and technology.
Citlali Trueba also shared her love for biology but this time from a different perspective: she spoke about how it can be used to recognize contaminants in the environment with the goal of preventing pollution of aquifers. Her message emphasized how science can be used for practical purposes that benefit society as a whole.
The panelists and moderator Claudette Romero emphasized the importance of promoting gender equality in the technological field and eradicating false beliefs about women in science and technology. They each described how they overcame challenges and pursued their passions, hoping to inspire others to do the same.
Overall, this conference served as a reminder that women have always been an integral part of scientific progress and should not be discouraged from pursuing their passions based on outdated beliefs or stereotypes.