"Women in Dentistry Today" features eight Oregon women dentists, including five graduates of the OHSU School of Dentistry (Angela Lafarge Blizzard, Melika Kashkouli, Sheida Kharrazi, Maryam Motlagh, and Bita Zavari). A very brief introduction notes that women made up just 2 percent of entering dental school classes in the 1970s; today, that number has jumped to around 50 percent.
Short interviews with the eight dentists follow, with each addressing why they chose dentistry, how they manage work/life balance, and what they enjoy about the profession. In order to help support women in what remains a male-dominated profession, Motlagh hopes to organize "a study club for female dentists in the near future." To those women considering dentistry, Kharrazi offers this advice:
The most important thing I can tell people in any situation is never give up. If you want to pursue a career in dentistry, you can do it if you just do not give up. Will it be difficult? Most likely. Is it worth it? Immensely!As we noted just about a year ago, women have been taking up that challenge in Oregon since the turn of the last century.