Indian women in Science
Why, women in science?
How many women do you know who are Scientists?
Can you name ten women scientists who are Indian?
Let me tell you more: A week ago, I got to know that a Wikipedia edit-a-thon was being organized on July 16 and participants were invited to create and edit articles on Indian women in Science. I responded in affirmative as soon as I saw that mail. As many of you already know, I edit Wikipedia whenever I get a chance. I am not very regular but I still try as much as possible.
And why Indian Women in Science? We have spoken about this before and to refresh your memory, Wikipedia still lags behind on content that is women-specific. Both, content on women and for women needs to be added. Not just that, only one in ten editors is a woman. So a lot needs to be done and if I can, why not?
Add to all this, many women drop out of the stream cos of family pressure and gender biases. Yes, support is not that easy as it may seem. Those who remain, don’t get their due share.
This morning: We started around ten in the morning at the Center of Biological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science. We had a quick kick off on gender biases, the leaky pipe syndrome and then we also had a chance to interact with Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan, who is a Scientist. We had a subject matter expert amongst us, Shyamal and with his help we quickly got to create/edit pages on women.
Women who are successful but the awards they have received aren’t listed. Women who are experts but their employers haven’t disclosed their complete educational background. These women who are achievers in their respective fields but we don’t know them cos if you google, the research papers show up but not a Wikipedia page. Trust me and try a couple of names from the project page. Those that are in red. The blue ones have now been created.
As we closed, all of us learnt many new things. We realized that a lot more needs to be done and one day is never enough. I also met other women who are in science and doing some great work in diverse areas. Such meetings make me realize that we get so pigeonholed in our respective areas that fresh perspectives are a very welcome change.
All in all, a day that I am proud of.
I can’t stop myself from asking this but if you would like to edit, please create a Wikipedia account and get started. It is as simple as that. Just remember that every word you put out there makes a lot of difference to tomorrow.
With this post, the Write Tribe Festival of Words comes to an end. Today’s post was for Day 7.