As Kaifi Azmi said “उठ मेरी जान! मेरे साथ ही चलना है तुझे, क़द्र अब तक तेरी तारीख़ ने जानी ही नहीं, अपनी तारीख़ का उनवान बदलना है तुझे…उठ मेरी जान! ”
In India, women in STEM fields have had to overcome countless hurdles to pursue and advance their careers. Nevertheless, they have been able to make great strides in the field and are actively working towards creating a more equitable environment. Their efforts are helping to break down gender barriers and further the cause for better women’s representation in STEM disciplines.
“The enrolment of young girls in STEM undergraduate courses is increasing year-on-year. With positive industry support and an enabling social environment, India can become a leader in women representation in STEM and build a future where gender equality is the norm.”
India is making great strides in empowering women to pursue careers in STEM fields, with an increasing number of women enrolling in degree programs and entering these industries. A recent report by India’s Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation showed that the percentage of women in the total STEM workforce is 14.1%, and this figure is expected to rise in the coming years. As per the World Bank report the overall participation of women in the labor force needs to be looked into because of ecosystem challenges, the country is taking steps to reverse this trend and increased participation of women in workforce.
This is due to cultural expectations, gender-based discrimination, lack of women role models, and societal conditioning. It is critical to address these issues to increase gender diversity in India’s STEM workforce and navigate remote work transitions. This requires changing societal expectations from men and women, starting at a young age.