koi International Women’s Day

Hey friends,

 

As one of the only women-run scrubs company in the industry, we support women from all backgrounds, we welcome women into leading roles, and we are a firm believer that as a unified collective group, we can help make an impact in this world. We have had the pleasure of meeting and working with admirable professionals over the years, and we reached out to these women and asked them to share their thoughts about International Women’s Day 2019:

 

 

Sofia @Sofia_etc_ | New Haven, Connecticut | Medical Student

What does this day mean to you in your personal life?

 “In my personal life, this day is for recognizing all the women around me who have helped me get to where I am, and who have influenced me for better.” – Sofia

What does this day mean to you in your professional life?

“In my professional life, this day is about recognizing the women who have come before me and the fights they fought in order to get society to a place where women now make up 50% of medical school classrooms across the country. Women of my generation stand on the shoulders of those who came before us and had to fight against pay inequality, sexism in the work place, and harassment of all sorts. This day is about recognizing that we as women are standing on the shoulders of those who came before us, and about focusing on what we can do to make our shoulders strong for the women who will follow after us.”- Sofia

Who is your role model/who inspires you?

“There are so many inspirational women out there, but a few specific ones come to mind. Malala for overcoming the type of physical and psychological trauma that would cripple most people, and using it to create a global dialogue about education for girls. Emma Watson for using her celebrity to speak about gender equality and other important topics. Amal Clooney for showing us what it looks like when a woman can hold her own, and not being overshadowed by her celebrity husband. My mom for showing me what it looks like on a daily basis to hustle and to juggle so many things but hold everything together.”- Sofia

 

 

Shan @_nurseshan | Miami, Florida | Intermediate Care Unit

What does this day mean to you in your personal life?

“International Women’s Day to me signifies the growth, recognition and triumphs that women have overcome to bring forth and eliminate gender biases by promoting equality. This day touches my personal life because it represents how dynamic and cultivating women are and no matter what tribulations that they are face we are gifted to preserve.”- Shan

What does this day mean to you in your professional life?

“In my professional life this day empowers me  to achieve the professional growth I desire by being courageous just like the women who have come before me. Oprah Winfrey is my role model. I love the generosity and foundation that she instills into young women.”- Shan

Who is your role model/who inspires you?

” The individuals who inspire me are all of the women who have helped to mold me into the woman I am today. These include my mother, grandmother, best friends, elementary school teachers, nursing managers and mentors. “- Shan

 

 

 

 

Ashley @AshleyVetTech |Charlotte, NC| Licensed Veterinary Technician

What does this day mean to you in your personal life?

 “International Women’s Day brings up personal emotions of how proud I am of the women in my family and all that they have achieved. My mother, aunts, and grandmothers have pushed each other (and the cousins) to the the best we can be and achieve the most goals we can. I am so thankful for them.”- Ashley

What does this day mean to you in your professional life?

The veterinary field is DOMINATED by women. It is a role that requires determination and a compassion that I feel only women can truly feel – no offense boys! Vet and Vet Tech schools alike are filled with women ready to take on the Animal Ames Field and it is truly inspiring.“- Ashley

Who is your role model/who inspires you?

My family is has always inspired me but someone who I looked up to growing up was Jane Goodall. She has been working on chimpanzee conservation for over 58 years now. Did you know she was the first to name the chimps in her studies instead of just giving them numbers? A women far ahead of her years and will forever be a legend.”- Ashley

 

 

Dr. Rupa @drrupawong | Honolulu | Ophthalmology

What does this day mean to you in your personal life?

 “As a mother of a daughter and as the daughter of immigrants from India – this day affects me personally.  I want change.  I need change in terms of gender equality here at home and across the world.  We have to create innovative ways to address gender inequality right at its inception.“- Rupa

What does this day mean to you in your professional life?

“As a female surgeon, I am committed to mentoring and empowering women.  I am very excited to say the increase in the number of women in leadership positions in the field of Ophthalmolgy, however the numbers of full professors, division chairs, department chairs, and deans is still at about 25%.  If we want women to dream big, we have to show them it’s possible.  That starts in their training programs. “- Rupa

Who is your role model/who inspires you?

“My mother is a physician.  She was an immigrant in the 1970’s.  A working mom when most in our neighborhood were stay at home moms.  She taught me that the status quo is meant to be changed.  She didn’t do it in a fiery, passionate, in your face way.  But, in her very simple actions of persevering despite obstacles.”- Rupa

 

Fina @yogidds | San Diego | General and Cosmetic dentist

What does this day mean to you in your personal life?

 “I’m proud to be a woman in all its entirety, I feel empowered, feminine, passionate and inspired to be a better version of myself . As a woman, I nurture my personal relationships, and Always try to be there in a loving way. I like to to connect with my personal relationships (family, friend, boyfriend) in a deeper way, & I feel comfortable being vulnerable with them.“- Fina

What does this day mean to you in your professional life?

“I feel very accomplished and always strive to better my career as a dentist i feel proud to be a new business owner, and my own boss! #girlboss“- Fina

Who is your role model/who inspires you?

“Every women I encounter with has something valuable to offer. My mother has set my values since I was little, and she has taught to be a kinder version of myself. I see how she is so kind and loving , and always playful and jolly. She teaches me to find joy in everyday. Plus, she is always right!”- Fina

 

 

Barbara @yournursingeducator | Canada | Cardiology/Telemetry RN

What does this day mean to you in your personal life?

 “International Women’s Day means that I can go above and beyond to celebrate and thank all of the women in my life that are constantly hustling – and doing it with a smile on their face. This International day allows me to reflect on all the work women do (balancing a strenuous full time job with raising & supporting a family is pretty dang amazing) and gives me the opportunity to see how I can improve my work ethic and drive.“- Barbara

What does this day mean to you in your professional life?

“Approximately 90% of my coworkers are women. The years of schooling they’ve accomplished, the stressful 12-hour shifts with ill patients they’ve endured, and the critical thinking skills they’ve developed are all factors that make me love and appreciate them all. As someone who doesn’t have kids of my own, it shocks me (and makes me love them even more) that these women save lives all day and are still superheroes when they get home to their kids.“- Barbara

Who is your role model/who inspires you?

“Seeing my mother do it all – immigrating to Canada in her early 20s, learning a new culture and language, pushing herself to work crazy hours, and still coming home to take care of her kids, husband, and the house – makes her my role model today and every day.– Barbara

 

Anita K Patel, MD @yoga_doc_md | Washington DC | Critical Care, Attending & Assistant Professor

What does this day mean to you in your personal life?

 “On this day, and every day, women need to be celebrated. and that is what this day means to me. Women today have amazing careers, and yet still run their homes and bear children.  We have it all, and do it all.“- Anita

What does this day mean to you in your professional life?

“This day reminds me that I am truly lucky. Lucky that I live in a day and age where women’s rights are an important topic, and the country as a whole is taking steps to mitigate the long history of sexism and oppression of women. A day to celebrate women is important because it highlights to the next generation that women can do any career that they desire.“- Anita

Who is your role model/who inspires you?

“ The group of women I am so lucky to call my friends and confidants on social media inspire me – women like Natalie Crawdford, Danielle Belardo, Danielle Jones, Rupa Wong, Kate Rubey, Joye Park, Pam Mehta, Anjali Malik, Amita K, Melissa Parsons, Dagny Zhu, Grace Peng, Leslie Kim, Renee Paro, Annie Purcell, and SO MANY OTHERS. I couldn’t begin to list all of them – but to me the power of social media is bringing powerful women together so that we can lift each other up. My favorite quote is the rising tide lifts everyone up – and that is what social media and my tribe as done for me.” – Anita

 

 

Marie @chemistryclouds | Tampa, Florida | Nuclear Medicine |

What does this day mean to you in your personal life?

International women’s day is elite and empowering that we are nationally noticed on this day but each and every day is structurally important that has lead society to notice our voices and how we modernized our own revolution…This day means so much that I’m able to stand and be amongst the most amazing women in the world and project my own voice, mind, and spirit, which once was shadowed by the insecurities of society. – Marie

What does this day mean to you in your professional life?

“Having the ability to form problem solving tactics, lead others within my department and the ability to gain more knowledge without having others cast leverages or ally my knowledge is an awarding experience as a women in today’s society. Being able to express myself with education and guidance from other women within my community is important in my professional environment.“- Marie

Who is your role model/who inspires you?

“ Ada Yonath, Chimamanda Adichie and so many other and if course my beautiful twin sister, she has such a courageous heart and my wonderful head strong mother. With out her I wouldn’t be here today.” – Marie

 

Miki Rai @mikirai | Los Angeles, CA | Pediatric Critical Car

What does this day mean to you in your professional life?

“Nursing is a profession predominantly driven by women. International Women’s Day is particularly close to nurses hearts because we have the opportunity to celebrate each other and the work we do “– Miki

Who is your role model/who inspires you?

“ My Mother is my biggest role model. Ever since I was a child, she has constantly pushed me to be the best version of myself, and to pursue what I love. With her guidance, I ended up with an amazing job in nursing!” – Miki

 

 

 

 

Kate @drkater | Philidelphia | Neonatology

What does this day mean to you in your personal life?

“I absolutely love the theme for this year’s day – #BalanceforBetter. When women are encouraged and supported with equitable social, economic, cultural, and political education and opportunities, we strength the community and our world”– Kate

What does this day mean to you in your professional life?

“ As more women enter medicine, it may seem like this day does not hold much meaning in the medical field; however, there is still plenty of room for improvement… Women in medicine need mentorship and support to start advancing to these positions and begin to balance the gender representation in leadership.“- Kate

Who is your role model/who inspires you?

I think Michelle Obama is an incredible example that as a woman, you can be intelligent, highly accomplished, and an outstanding mother. I have also found inspiration and mentorship from the amazing community of women physicians on Instagram – there’s too many to name everyone, but they are supportive, teach me new perspectives and ways to think, and encourage me to reach for all of my goals. ” – Kate

 

 

Belinda @drbelindathevet | Sydney, Australia | Small Animal Veterinarian & Veterinary Acupuncturist

What does this day mean to you in your personal life?

“I absolutely love the theme for this year’s day – #BalanceforBetter. When women are encouraged and supported with equitable social, economic, cultural, and political education and opportunities, we strength the community and our world”– Belinda

What does this day mean to you in your professional life?

“It’s a day to recognise all the strong women who came before me, those who stand with me today and those I am yet to work with who are all bringing positive change into our industry. They fight stereotypes, trail blaze and lead by example. We are the future of the veterinary profession.“– Belinda

Who is your role model/who inspires you?

My first boss Dr Linda De Haen – she normalised women owning veterinary practices for me over 20 years ago. Little did I know at the time how much of an anomaly she was in her time. Today I draw inspiration from other fabulous industry leaders and entrepreneurs such as Danielle Lambert, who along with Dr Jessica Vogelsang, founded #SnoutSquad, a group of 30 women in veterinary medicine who are there to support, empower and raise each other up. I also love Dr Kate Adams entrepreneur, owner of Bondi Vet Hospital, the new Bondi Vet on Channel 9, Director of Cannipal Animal Therapeutics and founder of tech start-up Thankly. She is driven and knows how to make things happen. ” – Belinda

 

 

Although International Women’s Day is celebrated once a day every year, the idea itself should be everlasting. For it serves as a reminder that Women can and have made a difference around the world, and the march towards Equality should be supported and advocated together.

 

 

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