Equality within dentistry to me looks like a world of work where women are treated, respected, encouraged, nurtured equally- allowing for progression and for women to reach the top.

There are many barriers to preventing equality. Society starts from an early age depicting women in a certain light – the pretty girl and the nurturing woman. These subconscious messages infiltrate the future mindset and can hinder. Because yes women are beautiful but they can also be ambitious and strong. The latter messages are still not readily celebrated in mainstream culture.

In Sheryl Sandberg’s 2011 commencement speech to an arts college in New York, she concluded; ” You are the promise for a more equal world. So I hope for everyone here is that you lean way into your career. Start out by aiming high. Try – and try hard. Because the world needs you to change it. Women all around the world are counting on you”.

This strong and inspirational speech resonates strongly with me. It asks from us to take risks and explore the possibility of leadership. It calls on us to dream big and be proud. And the best part – it is our own mindset that is in control of this revolution.

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