Notes to myself ...
"It is tough out there for women and we all need to learn to take responsibility for our own careers. You can't get a job or promotion if you don't apply for it, so put yourself forward. Women need to build their self-confidence and realise they can do whatever they want. They must not give up when there is a stumbling block.
I have applied for many things that I haven't got, and put myself forward for promotions that went to someone else. At times it would have been easy to give up, but I've learned the importance of being resilient. It is fiercely competitive out there and that is not going to change.
In academia you are only as good as your last paper so it is easy to start on a downwards trajectory – aiming high is vital, otherwise the gap between the achievements (and pay!) of men and women will widen...."