Let us remember Asima Chatterjee as a world-class chemist in a time when science was a lot less comfortable to do and involved a lot more of getting your hands dirty than it does today.
That’s pretty much what the history of gender difference science has told us, according to a new book by British science journalist Angela Saini.
On the one hand, we congratulate ourselves on the rising numbers of women in science and, on the other, choose to remain neutral in the face of orthodox patriarchy.
One would have assumed that gender-positive changes would take place earlier than in other circles among such highly educated scientists.
When you embed insensitive ‘leaders’ within organisational structures that already struggle to recognise discrimination, you heighten the risk of further dispiriting those being discriminated against.
In India, rotavirus infections kill 98,000 children every year. Kang has been working on determining how many cases are added each year and where, and their possible control.
Two science journalists have discovered that even though women are doing all kinds of research, there is a visible lack of women scientists in the country.
Recently, there have been attempts to reposition Janaki Ammal as a champion of the oppressed minority and a feminist who had to struggle against upper-caste men-of-science.
Indian science faces many problems and pursuing the goal of a Nobel Prize will not make them go away.
Ammal worked extensively on genetic crosses, and lived and worked in London and Wisley, reportedly having been forced to leave India because of discrimination based on her caste and gender
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Five scholars from NIT Surathkal talk about the struggles of being women in science and the difficulties of pursuing higher education.
An illustrated depiction of the research Natasha Gurung and Husnara have been doing on oranges at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Kalimpong.
“At my university, more women are doing PhD than men. Maybe because women have more patience, that’s why research suits them.”
In her years of research in the wild, Jis Sebastian has encountered various forms of resistance as a woman alone in the field.
Richa Rikhy uses advanced techniques, such as animal culture of mutant flies and genetic engineering, to do marvellous things on the microscope.
Prajakta Dandekar, in Mumbai, is part of a relatively small group of scientists around the world working to ensure fewer animals are used in pharmaceutical research using human-on-a-chip technology.
“They want to bring serious researchers back into JNU. The UGC that way has done a great job with the faculty recharge program, starting in various universities to try to get the stagnation out.”
“If you ask me, I’d say watch out for women over 40, they really get haughty, not naughty. I think society and regulations write them off. Nobody wants to invest in old people.”
“The minute you compromise, you’re neither here nor there. I’m never a supporter of creches at the workplace. Your work will be compromised.”
Mamta Rani has already made seminal contributions to fractal modelling, and would see her work applied to the social sciences if only she could find some respite from administrative duties.
“People ideal for research are those who don’t care too much about money. You need a life which is okay for you and where you feel comfortable. That defines the level of financial strength you need in your life.”
Bhatnagar Prize awardee Vidita Vaidya finds it fascinating how we develop such different ways of responding to trauma despite sharing an identical neurological architecture.
Kriti Faujdar finds ISRO a supportive place to work at for a woman – yet can’t help but notice that there are not many of them.
“I’ve been lucky to have had mentors who don’t look at us as women but as scientific colleagues. That’s why you aim for areas of excellence because that’s where you find people like that.”
Besides creating a local impact via organic farming, Aardra Chandra Mouli and Gayatri Thankachi also want their company to be an avenue for freshers to groom themselves for the biochemical industry.
A combination of research involving cancer chemistry and veterinary sciences gives Ramadevi a wide scope to influence many student scientists she is about to mentor.