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.

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