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International Women's Day: A Letter from the Founder of Medelita

To the women of the world:

This is a remarkable time to be a woman in medicine. Never before have we had this level of opportunities for female leadership and development in healthcare fields. Although we still have a long way to go to achieve full gender equality (both in and outside of medicine), I think that today, International Women’s Day, we should celebrate each other as colleagues, as sisters, as daughters, as mothers, and as friends. There is so much to be proud of and I truly consider it an honor to support the fearless females who are reshaping the landscape of healthcare.

I founded Medelita in 2008 so as to provide a uniform alternative for women in medicine who, like myself, were fed up with being forced to wear frumpy, shapeless lab coats and scrubs that were only available in men’s or unisex sizing. At that time there were absolutely no options for women in medicine to dress in a way that was flattering or made them feel confident in their appearance. I simply refused to accept the fact that after so many years of hard work and training, these impressive women had no choice but to wear cheap and unflattering uniforms as an outer display of their aptitude and professionalism. I set out determined to change that, and since then I have been fully committed to empowering females in healthcare fields with professional attire that is worthy of their distinction.

This is the lifeblood of Medelita: empowerment. Our goal is not just to sell a product, we are creating something purposeful and valuable to the women who wear them. They deserve it; they have earned the right to choose professional garments that give them confidence. Because I know firsthand how hard every single woman in medicine has worked to get to where they are.

The courageous women who wear Medelita are my colleagues and friends, and on International Women’s Day my heart is bursting with pride as we celebrate the resilience of females around the globe who are standing up and embracing their own power and passions. 


Lara Francisco PA-C
Medelita Founder
Mother, Wife, & Sister

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