With a good capacity for resilience, Professor Font progressed steadily towards her professorship at the Central University of Venezuela based on her merits, and without facing any particular obstacles as a woman. However, she believes the glass ceiling exists due to a “mixture of prejudices and injustices,” with conscious and unconscious biases, discriminatory practices and a lack of support for women still hindering the fair representation of women scientists. Stronger policies are needed to promote gender equality, together with encouragement and access to high quality education for girls, and greater visibility and recognition for the scientific contributions made by women.
Diversity will be central to achieving the complementary visions, approaches and insights required to advance the innovative science we need to address the great challenges facing humanity.
“The greatest accomplishment will hopefully be made by a young girl, somewhere out there, who is now getting ready to become a brilliant scientist despite the hardships inherent in her journey,” she concludes.