The sight of Katie Bouman, with her hands over her mouth, eyes giddy at the image of the Black Hole in front of her, will go down as perhaps the most iconic photo of the year. It was also one of the ugliest recent instances of trolling of women in STEM and proof of the sexism women still face in science and technology fields worldwide.
In India, women working in STEM industries talk about similar sexism and prejudices. Although women’s enrollment in STEM studies is up, and organizations are enacting initiatives to encourage women in tech roles, mindsets haven’t changed enough yet to make STEM an equal playing field.
When it comes to STEM education for women, India scores well in theory. There seems to be less family discouragement for Indian…