Mathematician tells us why International Women's Day is special to her

Juliet Ojiako tells us about a female who has inspired her as we talk to her about International Women's Day.

Juliet Ojiako came to the UK in 2015 to study a master's degree in Industrial Mathematical Modelling at Loughborough University. She successfully secured a PhD scholarship at Loughborough just before the end of her master's. Juliet's PhD research was in Mathematical Modelling of transport of reactive plasma species across gas-liquid interface. During her PhD studies, Juliet was the Postgraduate Representative for the PhD students within the School of Science and Mathematical Sciences for two years.

Juliet carries on her journey as a member of the #LboroFamily and is currently a University Teacher within the Mathematical Sciences department.

What is your current role at the University?

Starting in February 2020, I became a University Teacher in the Mathematical Sciences department here at Loughborough University. I am currently teaching Statistics to year-2 Engineering students. I also have contact hours at the Mathematics Learning Support Centre where students struggling with Maths related courses get help.

What does International Women's Day mean to you?

For me, it is a day to celebrate women all over the world and most especially those with great achievements. Women are taking up space in all areas of life and it is good to shout about it. This serves as an encouragement to the young girls especially from less privileged countries where womens rights are being denied.

Is there a woman in your life that has inspired you?

My mum inspired me a lot by her virtuous character and the values she treasured. I became the woman I am today because of the mother I have and my lovely sister. I do not take that for granted. Women like Joyce Meyer, Oprah Winfrey and many more really inspired me because they had many reasons to quit at some points in their lives but they moved on against all odds.