On International Women’s Day, we like to pause to recognize the successes we’ve made as women in dentistry, and reflect on the opportunities we have to bolster ourselves over the next few years and beyond!
As recorded in 2017, 31% of dentists in the United States are female. In 2015, a full 48% of dental graduates were women (up from 44.3% in 2008). If this trend continues, we could expect to see the total percentage of female dentists overtake male dentists within a decade!
Between the retirement of male dentists, the rise in female dental school graduates, and the increased need for talented women in the workplace, it’s a great time to be a female in dentistry.
We’re lucky to have many shining examples of strong and dedicated women in our office. Tonya Lanthier, our Founder & CEO, has been a vocal advocate for women and women’s rights in the workplace. It’s not always easy, as she explains, but that shouldn’t stop us from supporting and empowering each other.
“As the CEO of DentalPost, I get the opportunity to meet remarkable, hard-working women everyday. I’m so grateful to be surrounded by women who share my vision and drive; they inspire me immensely. Today’s global acknowledgement of the achievements of women is a reminder of the progress we’ve made in our world. My team and I will only continue to empower the amazing women within our company, our industry and our community at large.” – Tonya Lanthier, Founder & CEO of DentalPost.net
Women are taking charge, and we should see that trend continue over the next few years; there is more female representation in leadership positions across our industry, and more women are owning their own practices than ever before. As ADHA’s former president Kelli Jaecks said, “This is the year of the woman.”
Women are also the main focus of this year’s annual ADA meeting in October. It will feature three female keynote speakers sharing their stories of success and empowerment. It’s a big moment of acknowledgement by one of the nation’s biggest dental associations.
While we’re still working toward complete gender parity, it’s clear that women aren’t letting those obstacles keep them them pursuing their dreams. March 8 is a day of celebrations for women everywhere, and we’re so glad to be in an industry where we can see the direct impact of women! How are you honoring the women in your practice? Let us know how you’re celebrating International Women’s Day over on our Facebook.