Barriers to Women in STEM fields: Book

Barriers to Women in STEM fields: Book

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.

Karmanye Thadani

Karmanye Thadani

An alumnus of Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, Karmanye has studied summer course(s) in International Human Rights Law from the Oxford University and London School of Economics. He secured a gold medal in his master’s degree in International Relations from the Jindal School of International Affairs, O.P. Jindal Global University Sonipat. He has worked in eminent public policy think-tanks and has also contributed articles to reputed journals and media portals like the Times of India and Tehelka. He has co-authored several acclaimed books such as ‘India and China: Negotiating Spaces in the Narratives’; ‘Onslaughts on Free Speech in India by Means of Unwarranted Film Bans’; and ‘Women and Sport in India and the World: Examining the History and Suggesting Policy Reforms’. He has also appeared on the news channel Times Now in the ‘Youth Parliament’ debate on Foreign Policy, alongside luminaries such as G. Parthasarthy, Brahma Chellaney and Maroof Raza.