Jennifer BraeunigYour name and position?
Jennifer Braeunig, Research Fellow, Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Sciences (QAEHS).

What have been your key career achievements?
I only just finished my PhD last year, so I am still quite early in my career. My work focusses on the environmental distribution and remediation of per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), as well as human exposure to these chemicals. I enjoy working in this applied field where I work closely with industry and government agencies to find solutions to remediate PFASs and to lower human exposure.

Have you faced any barriers as a woman?
So far, I feel very lucky to not have faced any major barriers as a woman. Although many of my supervisors have been male they were always supportive and I have always been given equal opportunity. I have also worked under and am working alongside some very inspiring females, which I am enjoying thoroughly.

What areas are you particularly passionate about that you would like to see change for women in the future?
One thing I would like to see changed for women in the future is making it easier to juggle having a family and a career, for example through easier (and cheaper) access to day-care and more flexibility in the job.

Can you suggest how young women, at any stage of their career or study, can overcome barriers and progress towards gender parity?
Always stay ambitious, and advocate on behalf of all women in your workplace if you are being treated unequally.

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