One of the most overlooked obstacles facing aspiring women professionals in East India is the absence of a support system. Family and societal pressures often derail career ambitions and female students do not enter the workforce after university. This problem is especially acute for female students studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Women comprise only 14 percent of the STEM workforce in India, which is one of the largest producers of STEM graduates in the world. Young women are opting for careers in these fields, but very few are able to sustain them. In male-dominated fields such as STEM, it is important that women come together and support one another to achieve successful and fulfilling careers.
Program Goals: The goals of this funding opportunity are to:
Strengthen people-to-people ties between the United States and India through exchange of information, experiences and expertise.
Support women’s empowerment by creating awareness of the obstacles women face in the workplace, building confidence to encourage women to compete for leadership positions and providing a platform to young women to exchange ideas and create cross-cultural awareness on stereotypes associated with women in STEM.
Promote studying in the U.S. to Indian women, especially in the STEM fields.
Women for Women: Supporting Each Other to Build Sustainable Careers
Objectives: To organize a series of weekly mentoring workshops for 20 women between the ages of 20-25 pursuing undergraduate studies in STEM fields in Kolkata.