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Katherine Ross: On a day like today when we're selling, celebrating a quality, how important is it to talk about equality, especially in a field like STEM which so heavily male dominated?

Corlis Murray: I think it's not only important to talk about how important it is. I think we have to start demonstrating it. We have to live it. And as you start doing that, then it becomes a part of our natural DNA. At the end of the day, women are affected in many buying decisions. So if you're doing focus groups on women to get their ideas and they'll understand what they want in products, how could you not bring women into your workplace to create them in the first place? So I think when you start looking at that, you know, really companies, it's in all of our best interests to be able to do this and we have to learn to become okay with having these conversations in order to really start making progress in them.

Katherine Ross: What's one piece of advice that you'd give anyone in a c-suite who is trying to diversify their workplace a little bit more?

Corlis Murray: Something that I would say to the C-suite is similar to what we do. You know, you can't talk about making a difference in the lives of others. You can't talk about driving your profit margin in different ways or innovation within your organization without having people to be able to do that and to stimulate it. And so Abbott believes in investing in the power of people, and that in turn translates into the power of advancement for the corporations.

It's women's equality day. 

To celebrate, Corlis Murray, Abbott's (ABT - Get Report) senior vice president of quality assurance, regulatory and engineering services, and high-school interns talked to TheStreet about Women's Equality Day and how Abbott is empowering women involved in STEM.

When asked about celebrating and acknowledging women's equality, Murray said that it's important to not only talk about equality but also to make equality happen. 

Here's what Murray said:

"I think it's not only important to talk about how important it is. I think we have to start demonstrating it. We have to live it. And as you start doing that, then it becomes a part of our natural DNA. At the end of the day, women are affected by many buying decisions. So if you're doing focus groups on women to get their ideas and they'll understand what they want in products, how could you not bring women into your workplace to create them in the first place?" Said Murray.

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