Gender Bias in STEM: Top Favorite Blogs

When I joined college, I observed biased gender ratio in engineering programs. In India, the ratio of female and male students in engineering is around 3:7. Being curious, I started exploring about biased gender ratio and I came to know about Dr. Anita Borg and her 50/50 vision. Her vision really inspired me and always motivated me to play my contribution to make this vision real. When I met other female scholars during the Google women techmakers scholarship retreat, this vision started becoming more and more clear. This was the first time when I met so many girls who are putting their efforts to make 50/50 vision real and I would like to thank Google to bring us together.

I like reading blogs on gender biases, biased gender ratio in tech, how to increase the number of women in STEM, how to motivate college girls to pursue sciences, etc.

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Here, I would like to share some of my favorite blogs on these topics.

  1. When Women Stopped Coding (https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2014/10/21/357629765/when-women-stopped-coding)
  2. Women Are Invited to Give Fewer Talks Than Men at Top U.S. Universities (https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/12/women-are-invited-to-give-fewer-talks-than-men-at-top-us-universities/548657/)
  3. In STEM Fields, Many Employers Hire “John” over “Jennifer” (https://www.aauw.org/2015/06/11/john-or-jennifer/)
  4. The 5 Biases Pushing Women Out of STEM (https://hbr.org/2015/03/the-5-biases-pushing-women-out-of-stem)
  5. If you think women in tech is just a pipeline problem, you haven’t been paying attention (https://medium.com/tech-diversity-files/if-you-think-women-in-tech-is-just-a-pipeline-problem-you-haven-t-been-paying-attention-cb7a2073b996)
  6. Countries with greater gender equality have lower percentage of female STEM graduates, MU study finds (https://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2018/0214-countries-with-greater-gender-equality-have-lower-percentage-of-female-stem-graduates-mu-study-finds/)
  7. Building a passion for STEM studies among women and girls (http://troymedia.com/2018/02/19/stem-studies-passion-women-girls/)
  8. New data reconfirms well-known gender problem in tech (http://www.dailyuw.com/science/article_15ce2586-0c8e-11e8-bb1f-9b81db58bf8a.html)
  9. Why Men Don’t Believe the Data on Gender Bias in Science (https://www.wired.com/story/why-men-dont-believe-the-data-on-gender-bias-in-science/)
  10. The Reel Truth: Women Aren’t Seen or Heard (https://seejane.org/research-informs-empowers/data/)

If you also know some good articles on related topics, please leave the comment. I would love to read if I haven’t.

Lord I Pray…

 

Skimping in the rubble
           hearing dreaded howl,
Inching for me
          could see the wolf prowl.

Hopes tying to a thread
          hanging upside down,
Bewildered so much
          be gloomy or frown..??

World falling apart
          sky changing gray,
For that moment of peace
          Lord, I pray…….. !!!

-By A&A

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Quotes: from my Diary

 

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  • It’s easy to handle the hatred than love as love comes with more responsibilities.

  • Tears show the winning of heart over mind in a battle happened inside you. 
  • First, we should believe in changes and then turn them real. 
  • Tears are not the symbol of weakness, they are the symbol of honesty, purity, loyalty, love, strength, success and a lot more that happened in your life.
  • Everyone who writes a software starts with “Hello World!!!”. 
  • This is an era of collaboration and crowdSourcing, better you learn team-work.

  • You are born to work for one person, and that person is you.

-By Akrati Saxena

 

 

 

Motivational Quotes: My Favourite

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  • Opportunities don’t happen, you create them. -by Chris Grosser

  • In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. -by Nikos Kazantzakis

  • If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. -by Albert Einstein

  • Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. -by Gordon B. Hinckley

  • Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. -by Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. -by Charles Swindoll

  • Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value. -by Albert Einstein

  • Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today. -by Will Rogers

  • Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. -by Lolly Daskal

  • You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. -by C.S. Lewis

  • I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. -by Thomas A. Edison

  • A room without books is like a body without a soul.  -by Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. -by Steve Jobs

  • You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. -by Zig Ziglar

  • If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents, start charging for it. -by Kim Gars

  • Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are. -by Chinese proverb

  • All progress takes place outside the comfort zone. -by Michael John Bobak

  • People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing. -by Dale Carnegie

  • Great opportunities come to those who do more than what is asked of them. -By Tara Syed Williams

Thousands of Feelings…

 

Thousands of feelings were floating in my heart,
It was like a randomly moving cart.

I wanted to say everything one after another,
But my lips were getting only a plain blurb.

I wish you would have been here to make me calm,
I would have tightly held your palm.

Fears of being with you were nailing me down,
I wished I could run away from this town.

It was this even more than this,
Your sweet little Missy feels you are missed.

-By Akrati Saxena

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Health Tips and How to avoid Junk Food

Today I am going to share one important experience of my life. In 2014, I joined Ph.D. in IIT Ropar, Punjab. When I came to Ropar I started having the gastric problem. I consulted many doctors but nothing worked out. Some of them suggested that I should leave eating oily stuff, as people think the gastric problem is mainly because of oily stuff. But I belong to west U.P., where every week we have some festival. In my family twice a week it’s sure to have poori and heavy meals. Few dishes are common to that area those belong to the very oily category like samosas, Chhole bhature, chats, lots of potatoes, chips, and so on. So, I felt that oily stuff is not the reason, I am eating it from my childhood. There is something else.

Then one day I went to Apollo hospital Delhi and met with a senior doctor. He was really a very nice person and after all tests, I came to know that I am suffering from vitamin D deficiency, and it also causes stomach fluffiness. I took that treatment for 4-5 months and again went for vitamin D and B-12 tests. Results were positive and I was feeling better.

But, I was still having the gastric problem and was tired of it. I searched online and found that many people are having similar problems. Then I thought I will have to do something. I joined a course on coursera offered by Dr. Maya from Stanford University. I learned a lot from this program and changed my ways of living.  After doing that course, I also read many articles on the internet and watched few more videos and courses.

Now it was a perfect time to implement, what all I have learned. I started implementing few tips in my daily life. Just after 2-3 months, I started getting lots of compliments. People said that I look more active. I was also feeling light because I was having a very less gastric problem. I would like to clear one thing to you, that this article doesn’t mean for weight loss. It’s just to make you healthy and to make you look more fit and active.

Now after reading all this, I know you will also be eager to know these tips, so it’s time to share with you. Before reading these, I hope you will make your mind to follow at least few of them. You can also gain weight after this but don’t worry, this will not happen. 🙂 By using these tips, It’s sure that you will feel better.

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These are the amazing tips that have changed my life, Now it’s time to change yours:

  1. Drinking Water: After waking up, have one glass lukewarm water with lemon and honey. And if possible do the same before you sleep. As all people know hostel students are lazy, so, I just started having normal one glass water in the morning and one before sleeping. Try to take at least 3 liters of water in a day.
  2. A Glass of Milk: We know milk is very healthy for our diet but when should we take it. One doctor suggested me that if I am having gastric problem, I should avoid taking milk in the morning. So, I started having it in the evening, and make sure even after that you should have enough time to digest. One more warning, avoid tea/coffee early morning.
  3. What about meals: We should take 3 meals in a day and I did following changes in that. I started having heavy breakfast, and normal lunch. In dinner, I stopped taking heavy stuff. You can prepare Raita, fruit salad, veg salad, etc. for dinner. Once you start feeling improvements, you can have a proper meal in the night. It has worked for me perfectly, now I can eat anything and have no indigestion/gastric problem.
  4. What More, Exercise and Yoga: I do pranayama for 30-40 minutes in the morning and it’s very good for health. Before making changes in my diet, I used to do exercise for one hour daily, but I didn’t feel any improvement. After these diet changes, I stopped doing exercise, but what I used to do was: After having a meal (lunch/dinner) take around 15 minutes rest and then have a fast walk for 30-60 minutes. It was suggested by a doctor from IIT Ropar and It really helped me.
  5. Just ask one question: I learned this question from an online course by Dr. Maya (Stanford professor) and it has changed my life. Whenever you are having something to eat, just ask one question: why you are going to eat this, Is it really needed? I started asking this and automatically, I was eating more healthy stuff. There are few more tips:
    1. Eat food whenever it is served properly. It will help you to avoid junk food.
    2. Cold Drinks/Soda: These drinks are the best way to spend your money to make your body more unhealthy. Don’t pay much for it.
    3. Control the intake of sugar: Sugar intake is of two types: Direct Sugar (when we eat it directly), and Indirect Sugar (like fruits and milk contain natural sugar). We should control the intake of direct sugar, like in Sweets, Namkeen, chats, candies, and so on.
    4. Daily try to eat fruits, and if you are taking fruit juice, then prefer fresh fruit juice. These are much healthier than the packed juices and have no preservatives.
    5. If you doubt that the food is not cooked with cleanliness, then avoid eating it.
    6. Sleep on time, it really helps.

Now I am eating almost the same food but I just shuffled the timing and results motivated me to write this much longer post. I was very eager to share this with you because I know, it will surely help you as it did mine. Waiting to read good reviews from your side too. 🙂

I am also planning to write one more list of tips for hostellers, like what they can eat and how they can change their diet system when we all know our main focus is the study, not food/health. Please wait for this. 🙂

I am a girl…

I wrote this poem in 2013, and it is very close to my heart. The first draft goes like this:

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I am a girl, No one will listen,
Whether for a moment or more, I will be alone.

I can cry with my pillow, even I can hide tears,
No one is here for me, to take away my fears.

I am scared to walk, even to climb on my bed,
That I am gonna miss someone, maybe you, mom or dad.

I love everyone, and try to take care of all,
But whenever I need, there is no one to call.

I have felt all this, even more than this,
Still I say; I am a girl, I can’t even list.

These fears these responsibilities, have loaded me down,
Still you know I am a girl, I can’t countdown.

My tears will dry, my worries will end,
One day you will miss me, when I will meet my end.

I will be lying down, with no tears at all,
All of you will miss me,
For this all… For this all…

-By Akrati Saxena

How does a princess look at her life?

It’s been three days, she is still sitting on the floor holding that book. She is completely lost in it and turning its pages back and forth. She is trying hard to find something that others can see but not her, and looking impatient, muddled, distraught. It seems this girl just wants to stop searching in that book but people around her are forcing her to find something, and she even doesn’t know what it is, where it is, still just trying… trying hard without even stopping for a moment.

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She can see all the starting pages are so colorful like a rainbow, filled with many interesting stories, and rest of the book has just plain white pages, ready to be filled. She is not able to see any third thing but people around her can see so many dark black pages. They are forcing her to read it again and again. But, she doesn’t know where to look for it, why can’t she see it when all people can see. Of course, It’s the same book.

She is tired of flipping through pages, but finally, it’s over. She stands up and shouts out loud, Just Leave Me, Leave Me Alone… This is my book, and I will read it the way I want. You all just leave me, please leave me. She patiently sits down, takes a deep breath, and closes the book. There were signs of relaxing, joy, satisfaction on her face like she has found something amazing or a mantra of happiness.

That book was nothing but the book of her life. Her own stories written on all the pages. The entire world could see dark black pages but she could only see colorful pages filled with the stories of her own adventures, her memories, and she knew she is yet to color rest of the white blank pages. She understood in these days that the story of her life is not written in that book, actually, It is written in the beauty of her eyes, the strength of her mind, and the purity of her heart. God has gifted her an amazing story and It all depends on her how does she see it, how does she make it happen real. All people around her could see black pages, read the stories of pain and sorrows, and blamed God for that. But this young girl only saw the experience, learnings, blessings, joy. She appreciated the meaning of every single word written there with the bright golden ink explaining her adventures.

She just left, it is the time to write more pages with more colors. Now, she knows she never needs to read it again, she just needs to fill it with many more colorful stories. And, the day she will leave this world, she has to return it to God and God should appreciate her efforts, her stories, her success, her failures, and all the phases of her life she has been through.

She is really a princess. All people had understood that they were wrong. They can’t make her loose just because of their fears. They can’t force her to see what do they believe in. She is on her own journey and she has to win it. A real princess never loses a battle of her life.

Dedicated to all beautiful princess in the world 🙂