A Supportive Ecosystem for Women in Tech
The number of women in technology in the Indian workforce has risen by 10% over the last decade and women constitute around 35% of the workforce currently as per NASSCOM estimates. This number is higher than the 24% gender ratio across all industries showing the increasing participation in STEM careers by women. About 50 % of the technology graduates in India are women, and the youth under thirty significantly contribute to gender parity.
The contribution of women has been invaluable in building India’s tech ecosystem. One of the iconic images of India’s Mangalyaan mission was that of the scientists behind the achievement — a group of women, in saris with flowers in their hair, celebrating the launch.
We need more role models
Trailblazers like Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, founder, chairperson, and managing director of Biocon Ltd. Is one of India’s few self-made women billionaires who has made her mark in the global arena. Another, Nivruti Rai is the country head of Intel India. She has risen through the ranks of one of the world’s foremost technology companies and brings her multi-dimensional product experience to pushing the boundaries of Indian research and development. Dr Renu Swarup, the Secretary of the Department of Biotechnology (Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India), has also registered indelible effort in setting up a pipeline of early-stage high-risk scientific development ventures in the country. Vani Kola who is the Founder and Managing Director of Kalaari Capital is another inspiring figure who has pioneered the role and deployment of early-stage risk capital in the development of indigenous technologies.