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Women's History Month

By Melissa Castan

March is Women’s History Month, a time to recognize the vital role of women in American history.

SROA’s Connect community offers members a platform to ask each other questions, share ideas, or, as the website says, “connect and collaborate.” We asked our Community members what women inspire them in honor of Women’s History Month. Here is a sampling of some of the responses we received.

Wow, so many women have left their impressions on me and helped me throughout my career.  I pay homage to those that have gone before me, those women who have paved the way, those who have encouraged my growth and took the time to mentor me.  I could give a long list of names, but most of all I have to say my Mom makes the top of the list.  My mom instilled the value of hard work, she rose to the top of her field in the 60's & 70's and commuted from Sacramento to San Francisco in a predominately male field with  the National Automobile Club.  She always had an amazing drive to do great things, and she instilled in me the will to succeed!

I am also inspired to see our younger generations of women, not just those in the healthcare field; but also those who will lead us toward a greener environment, and a better world like Greta Thunberg, a teenager who is on a mission to make a difference toward a cleaner earth.

--  Brenda Marie Palo,  University of California Davis Health Comprehensive Cancer Center

My first healthcare manager (and mentor), Karen Pinto, who took a chance on a non-clinical hire.  She saw something in me that I could not imagine.  She inspired and motivated me.  As a result, I have a career I love and can make a difference.

-- Aaron Brammer MBA, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Besides my mother :), in my profession, I would most definitely have to say Marie Curie.

See brief summary below:
Marie Curie was a physicist, chemist and a pioneer in the study of radiation. She and her husband, Pierre, discovered the elements polonium and radium. They and Henri Becquerel were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903, and Marie received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911. She worked extensively with radium throughout her lifetime, characterizing its various properties and investigating its therapeutic potential. However, her work with radioactive materials was what ultimately killed her.
So many firsts:

  • first woman to win a Nobel prize
  • first and only person to win 2 Nobel prized in 2 different science fields
  • also, part of the only mother-daughter team to win Nobel prizes
  • first female to be a professor at the University of Paris

Such an interesting woman and I would clearly not be in this field-none of us would be-if not for her :)
"I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done." - Marie Curie

-- Jana Grienke, MHA, ROCC, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics


What women would you say inspired you in your career or personal life? Share your thoughts here, or login to SROA Connect and join the conversation. If you are not a member of SROA yet, learn more about joining the association serving the niche profession of Radiation Oncology Administrators.


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