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Hail women in science

Hail women in science

I have heard women scientists across the world rant (with reason) about the oppressive policies of labs that stifle their growth. We have had very interesting discussions on the Nature India forum regarding gender issues in science. And, of course, about the sops that governments promise to make things better for women but don’t deliver. Spurred by such inaction, Vineeta Bal, a member of the Indian government’s task force for women in science, wrote a forceful commentary on Nature India recently outlining what needs to be done immediately to turn things around for our lab ladies.  Read more

All-women tech school

There are murmurs in Vigyan Bhavan about a proposal to set up the country’s first all-women engineering and technology institute in President Pratibha Patil’s hometown in Maharashtra. The HRD ministry is mulling over the proposal for this exclusive women’s technology school in Amravati near Nagpur on Patil’s recommendation. The country’s first woman president was apparently worried about the small number of girl students getting into the IITs.  Read more

Lab ladies

Good news for all you women scientists in India. Here’s a gender sop that’s sure to get more women back into labs — flexible work hours, work-from-home options, more awards, campus housing and creche for kids. The recommendations of a government task force on women scientists set up two years ago are finally being implemented. We had some very good insights from scientists — both men and women — on the gender divide in science on the Nature India forum. Let’s wait and watch how much action follows these pathbreaking announcements.  Read more