We Are Doing It: Diverse experiences & united purpose strengthen the women of quality

In 2018, Alessandro Strumia, a professor of physics at Pisa University in Italy, gave a presentation on gender in physics to a group at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The main argument of his presentation was that the underrepresentation of women in physics is attributable to innate differences in intelligence between men and women and to women’s lack of interest in, and aptitude for, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). 

Naturally, Strumia’s argument was widely refuted by experts in psychology, neuroscience, and education. Indeed, one need only look at the fact that women earn 59.9 percent of all master’s degrees and 51.8 percent of all doctoral degrees to recognize that intelligence and intellectual aptitude are not biased in favour of any gender. Yet these refutations are not enough to dampen the realization that despite improvements, women still face considerable challenges in many workplaces, especially in science-related fields. While overt sexism continues to collapse under the weight of greater insight into these issues, more subtle forms of aggressive sexism stubbornly remain. Women occupy more than half of the corporate management roles and have equal representation in technical roles, yet even highly qualified professional women are often still given tasks like notetaking during meetings, bringing snacks and coffee to male colleagues, or doing relationship management instead of technical work on projects.  

In the new feature “We are Doing It! Diverse experiences, united purpose strengthen the women of quality” in Quality Progress, some of the top minds in quality tell us about how they’ve met these challenges and succeeded through resolve, ambition, and tenacity. The article features Nicole Radziwill, Intelex vice president of quality and supply chain practice, as she tells us how she came to the field of quality, the challenges she faced, and what she does every day to find new opportunities and remain one of the most visionary and respected practitioners in the quality field. In total, 12 of the top quality practitioners provide advice to help women in quality become voices for change, overcome workplace bias, and increase customer satisfaction. You’ll learn about how to live quality principles through continuous education and skills improvement, the importance of clear and assertive communication, how to apply the quality perspective in different roles, and the value of finding a quality community in which to grow and learn. 

Read the article today and learn important lessons on improvement and tenacity from 12 leading quality professionals. Learn more about Nicole Radziwill from her website, her blog, Quality & Innovation, and her publications at Intelex. 

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