This information age of India talks about feminism and aims at the social-political, economic rights of women. Since ages the power of women has been misunderstood by men, or maybe men are just afraid of losing their power, not considering the fact that women are the one uplifting them in every field be it social, political or science.
India’s record of women empowerment is magnificent and countless names including Indira Gandhi, Kalpana Chawla, Sunita Williams, Sucheta Kriplani, etc. have contributed in the list of being the most inspiring woman through the decades.
Women usually are tagged as a dumb icon for the society, but then this is the must-read article to take another look at that branding and prove the stereotype wrong! Science department all over requires higher IQ, intelligence, research and much more. Women all around have proved that they are no less and can match every criterion. Women like Katherine Jhonson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson were employed as human computers in the colored section at NASA and became trail-blazers in their field of mathematics, physics, engineering, and computer science breaking racial stereotypes of the time. Also, researchers have shown that broadening the representation of women in fields such as engineering and computer science has been found to have a positive effect on the number of women pursuing that subject.History is adorned by the women!
Here is a list of women before and after independence that has done wonders in the field of science and should be presented to the world through movies to inspire us all.
1. Kadambini Ganguly (18th July 1861- 3rd October 1923)
She wasn’t only the first female graduates of the British Empire but also the first female physician of South Asia to be trained in western medicines.
2. Anandi Gopal Joshi (31st March 1865 – 26th February 1887) She became the first Indian to study medicine from abroad and prove her intelligence.
3. Anna Mani (23rd August 1918 – 16th August 2001)
She was the former Deputy Director General of the Indian Meteorological Department and was an Indian physicist and meteorologist. She authorized two books, ‘The Handbook for Solar Radiation data for India’ in 1980 and ‘Solar Radiation over India’ in 1981. She was also rewarded with the K.R. Ramanathan medal in 1987.
4. Rajeswari Chatterji (24th January 1922 – 3rd September 2010) She was the first woman scientist to pioneer the Field of Microwave Engineering and Antennae Engineering in India. In fact, 60 years ago, she was the only faculty in Indian Institute of Science to teach this.
5. Indira Ahuja
An Indian Gynecologist and the first Indian woman to deliver test tube baby on August 6, 1986. She has also pioneered the Gamete Intra Fallopian Transfer technique resulting in India’s first GIFT baby on 4 January 1988.
6. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (23rd March 1953)
She is the chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company based in Bangalore. She is on the Forbes list of the 100’s most powerful women and in the business list of top 50 women released by the Financial Times.
7. Aditi Pant
She is an Oceanographer by profession and is one of the few Indian women to visit the icy continent, Antarctica. She was a part of the third Indian expedition to Antarctica in 1983-84 and was honored with the Antarctica Award along with Sudipta Sengupta, Jaya Nathan and Kanwal Vilku for their outstanding to the Indian Antarctica programme.
8. Madhuri Mathur
About 40 years back, she. along with her husband, devised the Sumeet Mixer Grinder.
9. Suman Sahai
She was the founder of the Gene Campaign in India. Gene Campaign is a research and advocacy organization dedicated to food and livelihood security of rural and Adivasi communities and rights of farmers.Her campaign is still running in 17 states across the country.
10. Kalpana Chawla (17th March 1962 – 1st February 2003)
We all know this wonderful daughter of India who was the first Indian- American astronaut and also the first Indian woman in space. The NASA chief called her a “Terrific Astronaut”.
The list has many names that signify the brilliance of women. But the need of the hour is to support them equally and not let them down.
A man cannot do what a woman can, but a woman can do what a man can’t” So, let the history be scribbled with a different mindset.