House adopts Readshaw resolution recognizing 'Women In Bio Day of P.O.W.E.R.'

H.R. 1113 acknowledges women’s contributions in life sciences

HARRISBURG, Oct. 2 – The House of Representatives Monday adopted H.R.1113, recognizing Oct. 11, 2018, as Women in Bio Day of P.O.W.E.R. in Pennsylvania, according to the resolution’s prime sponsor, state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny.

Readshaw said the resolution recognizes the many contributions made by Pennsylvania’s professional women in life science fields such as biology, biochemistry and many other areas.

“It’s so encouraging to see women forging forward with successes in career fields previously dominated by men,” Readshaw said. “That’s why I believe it’s so important that we recognize and continue to support organizations such as Women in Bio, which are committed to promoting careers, leadership roles and entrepreneurship for women in the life sciences.”

Readshaw said he especially wants to recognize the strides made by the members of the Women In Bio Pittsburgh chapter, which has been working to support women leaders in science through education, mentorship and networking opportunities.

Readshaw noted that Oct. 11 also marks the date of WIB-Pittsburgh’s fifth annual Pittsburgh’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs Rally, which this year focuses on immunotherapies designed to harness the power of the immune system to treat and cure diseases.

“P.O.W.E.R. provides a forum for our women scientists to show how immunotherapies are changing the future in areas such as cancer therapy and transplantation,” Readshaw said. “It’s a new world in medicine, and our women scientists have a played a large role in that.”