Letter to my Intern… Hey Girl…

Hey Cutiee Girl,

I am writing this to share my pleasure in working with you. This was really a very nice experience.  It was a great pleasure to answer all your queries whether related to research or career guidance. I always mentored you and tried to help you understand all the different perspectives of life. You are such an amazing, hard-working, self-motivated girl. I know I couldn’t give you much time as I was busy with other projects, still, I tried my best to help you learn a lot and gather the skills for building a nice project. Your internship is ending now but our relationship will not end here.

I know being an ambitious girl from a small place, you would have faced many problems in your life and I know you have handled them bravely. If I say: I wish you have a smooth life further and achieve your dreams, I know I will be lying to you and also to myself. Because I know being a girl you will have to struggle hard to take every single step towards your dream. But I can surely say, I will always be there for you whatever is the time or condition. I will help you to find a smooth solution for the zigzag-like hard problems coming your way. Someone once said to me: “I am a keyboard away, so always feel free to ping me” and that day I really felt the world is small, at least all the people I care and I need are close to me. Today I am saying to you that I will always be just a keyboard away. Feel free to share everything with me, your successes, your failures, your dreams, your goals, and even the small footsteps you take towards hitting the flags on your big dreams.

Never think that you cannot achieve something because as I know you, being such a hard-working, dedicated girl, you can achieve whatever you want to. I will still suggest you few things what I feel, always remember parents are not so proud of us when we earn big money but they are always proud of us if we are a good human being and they will always be happy to see us happy. And I also wish you always stay happy. I hope you never have a single tear in your eyes as you deserve to be a happy person, just go for it. I wish you get all the success and whatever that success means to you.  I am sure you will write down your goals and will make a path towards them.

You are a nice, soft-hearted, kind person and this one thing always made me have a strong personal bond with you. I hope in future you will also come forward to help and guide other girls struggling through their paths.

God bless you and always keep you happy. The memories with you will always be a part of my happy-days diary at IIT Ropar.

Women in STEM: A Harsh Reality

For more than last two decades, people are trying to increase the role of women in STEM (STEM is a famous short form used for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), still, we are not close to 50/50 vision. Many industries, organizations, NGOs are making efforts to make it real.

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On this International Women’s day, I am posting the collection of amazing talks about the gender bias, stereotypes, and other related problems that women face in STEM.

  1. Engineering – Where are the girls and why aren’t they here? -By Dr. Jenna Carpenter
  2. For the Future of Women in Science, Look to the Past -By Nathalia Holt
  3. The Breakdown of Women in STEM -By Jess Ellis
  4. Women in tech – the missing force -By Karen Catlin
  5. How to avoid gender stereotypes -By Eleanor Tabi Haller-Jordan
  6. The Future of STEM Depends on Diversity -By Nicole Cabrera Salazar
  7. Women in Technology: through the eyes of my daughter -By Mark MacNaughton
  8. Inspiring the next generation of female engineers -By Debbie Sterling
  9. The Power of Women in STEM -By Jin Yan

Comment Box is always open for sharing your thoughts and other amazing talks or blogs.

You can further see the list of amazing blogs on women in STEM at Gender Bias in STEM: Top Favorite Blogs.

For the list of motivational talk for Girls in STEM see the post, Dear Girls, You are not alone…

Dear Girls, You are not alone…

Dear Girls,

I am writing this post to talk about the current scenario of gender ratio in STEM. When we join college the first thing we observe that there are very few girls. Sometimes, It is really hard to get someone to discuss your work, your personal and professional problems, even, It is very hard to get a partner for group projects.

Many girls feel that STEM is not a place for them and start quitting. Please don’t quit because you are not alone, there are many more who have been through the same situation. They also thought like you, but they opted not to quit and continued their journey to win.

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There are nice talks by the girls who have come forward to share their stories. I am sharing these with you all as they might motivate you to continue your journey in STEM.

  1. Growing up in STEM – as a girl -By Cassidy Williams
  2. How to get girls to like STEM -By Heidi Olinger
  3. Women in STEM -By Caroline Cline
  4. Sharks & Female Scientists: More Alike than You Think -By Melissa Marquez
  5. The key to more women in technology -By Marianna Budnikova
  6. Conquering the Gender Gap in S.T.E.M -By Rebecca Baron
  7. Women in STEM: Embrace Exploration, Innovation & Discovery -By Jennifer Lopez
  8. How I succeeded as a woman in engineering -By Cassandra Cole
  9. Encouraging Math-Hating Girls and Women to Become Tech Leaders -By Emily Avant
  10. The vanishing Indian tech woman -By Rashmi Mohan

You all are welcomed to share your story in the comment box. Maybe someone can find you who are fighting through the same as you are or you were and it might help her. 🙂

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.