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Dr Mirae Harford, former NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow at OUCAGS, writes about her experiences and how funders can help break down barriers to women’s success in academia.

Dr Harford’s NIHR blog, ‘Smashing stereotypes: The quest to improve gender equality for female early career researchers’, was written on Women’s Day 2022. It highlights the challenges faced by early-careers researchers juggling career and family responsibilities. It also reviews some of the support available and suggests additional steps to support early-career female researchers.