The Life of Science is a science media platform currently focussed on women scientists in India. It took shape in 2016 as a pet project of two freelance science writers Aashima Dogra and Nandita Jayaraj, journaling biographies of women scientists they met while hopping across laboratories and research institutions in India. The Life of Science is a diary of experiences of women researchers in the country collected during interviews about their life and science.
The project is now gathering many more voices. It is trying to answer questions like: Who are the women researchers in India? What kind of work are they doing? What are their stories? Are there challenges?
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
This platform is run independently by the two founders as reporters and editors. Freelance writers and scientists are invited to contribute reports. This project is made possible with the help of our partners, nice friends, supporters and people we meet along our travels.
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