International Women's Day 2022

Date: 08 March 2022

Time: 12:30

IWD Edyta

In support of International Women’s Day (Tuesday 8 March 2022), we’re sharing the career journeys of some of our inspirational colleagues throughout the day to help inspire others.

Read the story of Dr Edyta McCallum PhD, Head of Research and Innovation (R&I), below.

In Poland, where I come from, International Women’s Day (IWD) is very much respected and celebrated. Traditionally women are gifted flowers and I still very fondly remember being handed roses or gerberas in the streets of Warsaw as a little girl.

On IWD, I often reminisce how much women’s lives have changed, from my mum’s generation when their main objective in life was to be a good ‘homemaker’, to the modern times when women have more opportunities and freedom when it comes to their life choices.

I remember my PhD supervisor saying at our first meeting that although he was very supportive of my academic career, I should not expect to be very successful as women leave and have babies. And yet, here I am, holding a highly responsible position as Head of Research and Innovation here at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, at the same time as being a mum and a wife. Is it challenging? Yes, but it is also incredibly satisfying and absolutely possible.

A lot has changed and there is still more to do but I feel that the journey is becoming easier with notably more women in leadership positions, and the topic of equality no longer being taboo. Together we will carry on making improvements, addressing challenges and attitudes.

I am one of the lucky ones. I love my job and have been made to feel very welcome by my colleagues at the Trust. I recently joined the Trust’s BAME group as I would like to return some of the kindness and support that I have been lucky enough to experience.

  • Summary:

    In support of International Women’s Day we’re sharing the career journeys of some of our inspirational colleagues throughout the day to help inspire others.

    Despite being told she ‘should not expect to be very successful’ Dr Edyta McCallum has successfully climbed the career ladder and now works for the Trust as Head of Research and Innovation.

    Read Dr McCallum’s story here.