After emerging from the peak of the COVID era, with heavy travel restrictions and less-than-optimal interactions at virtual conferences, we ventured out to our first in-person conferences over the past year. What awaited us was the heartening sight of more women taking up prominent roles in every aspect of the conference. From influential plenary speakers to confident session chairs, passionate presenters, engaged attendees, and dedicated organizers. It served as a powerful reminder that the traditionally male-dominated domain is gradually transforming and becoming more inclusive. While a considerable journey remains ahead, we made unmistakable progress this past year.