“In the past, there was active discrimination against women in science. That has now gone, and although there are residual effects, these are not enough to account for the small numbers of women, particularly in mathematics and physics.” – Stephen Hawking
My dad has always inspired me throughout my life. He is a main reason that I have been lucky enough to attend University and why I am passionate about nature and animals. He has always taught me how important science is in the development of our species and we can also see how influential other people’s dads are to them.
“A person that has inspired me and helped me to where I am now, is my father. He has given me the encouragement to complete an undergraduate degree down a mathematical route. He has always been confident in my ability to succeed academically, when I have doubted myself. I honestly believe I would not have had the confidence to be where I am now, studying my masters in climate and atmospheric science, without him.
I found out that I had dyslexia in the first few months into my masters. My dad gave me the help necessary to get so far, without any extra help, that otherwise I should have received. The assurance he gave me throughout my academic life has been phenomenal. The support that he gave me, following pieces of work which I did not feel I had achieved my potential, gave me the inspiration to continue to battle on and to fulfil my expectations. He believed in me when I did not. It has always been important to me to follow an academic path in meteorology, as this is where my passion is. I could not have done it without my dad.” Katie Lever.
No matter what your ability and your starting point in life, you should never give up. With perseverance and determination we can all achieve more than we can imagine.