To celebrate International Women’s Day, we are sharing stories from some of our female leaders and academics over the next week. Today, Kathryn Nicholson Perry, Chair of Discipline - Psychological Science, reflects on her greatest achievements and finding strength in numbers.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A singer and actress! My performing skills get put to use in the classroom rather than one the stage these days though!
What’s been your greatest achievement to date?
Completing my PhD. As someone who failed the equivalent of the PhD I was very lacking in confidence regarding my academic performance so it was a huge challenge. Plus I had a baby 6 months in just to make things interesting!
How have you found being a woman, working in your sector?
We’re in the majority in psychology, but curiously we’re still under represented in the leadership roles. There is strength in numbers though and working with lots of the sisterhood with similar critical views about gender is a great feeling.
Tell us about any female role models in your life?
Any number! Professor Amanda Ce de Ce Willians, a boss of mine in a job at St Thomas’ Hospital, who kept me afloat during a challenging time and Professor Louise Sharpe a friend and my boss in my first post doctoral job both have really inspired me professionally. What’s more they are both super smart women who are also committed to gender equity.
What are you ‘choosing to challenge’ on this International Women’s Day?
Having women represented wherever decisions are being made, especially about them.