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Celebrating Women in Science - Sofia Fernandes
Sofia Fernandes
Sofia Fernandes

Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we are spotlighting some of the women at Viatris who are in science and STEM roles.


By: Timothy Goodenow


Sofia Fernandes

Quality Manager

Lisbon, Portugal


What was your dream job growing up and what did you study in school?
When I was a little girl, my dream was to be a singer. Then, I started to study and I became passionate about science. I loved biology, chemistry, physics, and math. When I was 14 years old, I realized that I would like to become a pharmacist as it was a combination of my favorite fields. I went on to study Pharmaceutical Sciences at Lisbon University, and my dream came true. 


Who is a woman that has inspired you professionally or personally?
The woman who inspired me the most was my grandmother, Ana. Living in a small village in the north of the country at a time when opportunities were very limited, especially for women, she did not have the opportunity to study. Nevertheless, she was the wisest and most solid person I knew. She always told me to study, be independent, follow my dreams, and treat all human beings with equal respect. I have followed her advice and carry that success in both my personal and professional life. I love my job and I have a beautiful family. I have two little girls who will become strong women in the future. I feel gratitude for all the positive aspects of my life. 


How does Viatris support women with careers in science?
The culture at Viatris promotes equal opportunities for women. My team is comprised largely of women, including my direct managers. I am aware of multiple leadership appointments for women within our organization. I feel happy to work at a company where a balance between career and family is possible, and where women are recognized and empowered to progress with their careers. 


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