Thiruvananthapuram, February 11: In the field of science women are heading passionately in the male dominant civilization. Kerala is the state which always had set the ratio of females more than males in every field. Today the group of women scientists gathered at Kerala State Science and Technology Museum for observing 'International Day of Women and Girls in Science'. The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is an UN initiative aimed to strengthen global partnerships for sustainable development.On the eve of International Day of Women and Girls in Science the Twitter is floating with empowering tweets as below:
Union Minister of State for Science and Technology Y S Chowdhary also gave warm wishes and tributes to the Indian women scientists.
On the eve of International Women and Girls in Science some of them were asked to discuss about gender disparities, science, family life, careers they spoke confidently about it. Archana Pai, an Indian Institute of Science Education and Research IISER-Thiruvananthapuram faculty member whose group was part of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory LIGO scientific collaboration, said that the challenges faced by women in all professions were similar, as women were expected to juggle their family and careers.
“A scientist settles in her or his career in their early thirties. This affects women much more than men. The period between mid-twenties till mid-thirties is quite crucial both for family building as well as career development. Women need to do it more efficiently. Many times this can be taxing,” she said. Seeing that talented women scientists had to give up on their career because of motherhood and family responsibilities, the Department of Science and Technology and Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) introduced Women Scientist Schemes and ‘Back to Lab’ programme respectively.
“Now, some more women are pursuing research after marriage,” said Ruby John Anto, senior scientist, Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology. She said that it was wrong for someone, who has used government grants to pursue research, to eventually choose to sit at home and take care of a family. “It is a waste of tax payer’s money,” she said. In Kerala’s science institutions, the male-female ratio is healthy, according to the faculty here. Archana Pai said, “We have almost equal ratio of girls to boys in the BSMS and PhD programmes in IISER-Thiruvananthapuram. This is definitely a positive sign.”