women in dentistry

Why don’t you consider dentistry? Women in dentistry then and now

I was proud to support International Women’s Day on 8 March, and celebrate the amazing contributions women have made to dentistry, as well as reflect on how some great female role models have helped me in my career. My story of “why I did dentistry” is a product of my generation. My strength at school was mathematics, and I wanted to become an actuary, but in those days women were excluded from th... »

My journey and advice as a dentist and a woman

I started dentistry in 1985 at what was then The United Medical and Dental schools of Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital. We were the largest dental school at that time and approximately 50% of the intake were female. I chose to do vocational training in its first year of introduction at Charing Cross Hospital and started working at the practice I currently own as a fresh faced, eager trainee in ... »

Lilian Lindsay: a woman who didn’t take no for an answer

Dentistry has quite a lot to celebrate in terms of the roles women have played in its development and also the huge contributions they make today in the profession. For International Women’s Day 2017 we are highlighting some of the inspiring women in our profession and also remembering those who forged the way, including the pioneering Lilian Lindsay. Lilian Lindsay truly was a woman ahead o... »

Celebrating women’s contributions to dentistry: our new Society at KCL

In 2016, we set up a Women in Dentistry society at King’s College London and held an event in November to launch and celebrate our new network for students (regardless of gender) which aims to work for equality within the dental profession, at all stages of people’s careers. The aim of our society is to raise the profile and celebrate the contributions of individuals in our profession, to understa... »

Why having a voice is so important: a young dentist’s perspective

I’m a member of the BDA Young Dentists Committee which focuses on issues facing dentists up to 10 years post-graduation. Current issues we are working on include foundation training and confidence amongst new graduates, employment status, commissioning guidelines and NHS pensions. Dentists vary in age and location and there will be things that are personal to each and every one of us. The BDA prov... »

Can you imagine Hillary Clinton raising her voice to be heard? Why women in dentistry matter

Do women in power behave differently to men? Can you imagine Hillary Clinton raising her voice in the same way some of her male counterparts do? I recently listened to a BBC clip of researcher Alice Eagly of North-western University talking about what characterises female leadership and whether gender difference is actually meaningful in this context. Dentistry is actually a great career for women... »

We need to see more women in key positions: Susan Parekh

As part of our series focusing on issues for women in dentistry as part of International Women’s Day, we talked to Susan Parekh, Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry, about her career progression to date, and how she managed to juggle training and working. —– I qualified with BDS from the University of Edinburgh, and worked in practice and community before undertaking specialist training... »

At the cutting edge of dental research: Ailbhe Mcdonald

As part of our series celebrating women in dentistry for International Women’s Day 2016, we asked Dr Ailbhe Mcdonald, Academic Head of Prosthodontics at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute, about the direction of her career to date and the pros and cons of working in academia. ———– I started out in practice and soon realised that I wanted either an academic or a hospital based... »

Finding success in a multidisciplinary field: Anne Young

Anne Young is Professor of Biomaterials at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute. As part of our series celebrating women in dentistry for International Woman’s Day 2016, she talks to us about her varied career to date and some of the challenges of being a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field. —————   I trained as a chemist and then undertook a PhD in polymer... »