We worked together at a science magazine and talked often about rigid notions that hold back science. One of them is the popular image of the scientist as a bearded man in a dusty laboratory shaking test tubes. The lack of female role models in public visibility has been feeding stereotypes for both ‘scientist’ and ‘Indian woman’. We wondered if there was anything we could do as science communicators to hasten gender equality in India. This science media + feminist project The Life of Science was born out of these discussions.
Help us create 2 books on Indian women in science
We have interviewed over 100 women scientists in India and continue to publish reports based on these experiences every week on our website. Along the way, we encountered lots of inspiring stories of women breaking stereotypes. Many of these were under a subtext of disturbing realities that need to be addressed urgently. We are going to write two books based on our journey. One is for a general audience and the other another for children. Both books have found great publishers. We need to spend at least 12 months on research, writing and collaborating with an artist to create these books. For this, we need your contributions.
Please visit our crowd funding platform to contribute or know more about the ideas behind these books.