CFPS has always felt very strongly about gender equality and gender diversity, and the representation of women in our Board of Trustees, as also our research staff attests to that. There is no dearth of girls with a brilliant acumen for science and various female scientists who have made remarkable contributions despite all obstacles, including having been subjected to bizarre stereotypes of girls being rote-learners. Our research associates, Padmini Subhashree and Amana Begam, are penning a book on the challenges faced by eminent women scientists in India, based on interactions with them.
The interviews in this book are telling, for they are honest and within the sphere of practical reality. Rather than promoting some perennially adversarial or activist tone, they address the genuine and rather troubling issues often faced by women in the scientific community of our country, and also offer examples of resilience in the struggle within the existing constraints. This is not to suggest that we must accept the status quo, but rather, we genuinely believe that those who are in positions of power and those who have taken up the path of activism need to give this book a serious look to ameliorate the situation.