Of Women in Science & a BioPharma Company that's Hiring Them this August
- Women-friendly Companies
- 09 Jul 2015
I once worked for a female-CEO at a tech start-up, who harped constantly about how she was “an engineer”, and had her engineering ring, and was one of 5 women in her graduating class of 100+, from her engineering university...
And I remember thinking, “Wow, women in the western world may just have it harder than us in India when it comes to science! Don’t we have 100’s of 1000’s of women graduates from engineering schools across the country?”
And then a Nobel Prize Laureate dropped a sexist-comment-bombshell last year ["...he said that girls cause trouble in labs because "you fall in love with them, they fall in love with you, and when you criticize them, they cry."], 10 years after I had had this thought, and I wondered if the women that we have working in science in India are treated equally in their places of work after they receive their degrees on equal terms to the men with whom they studied.
Pankaja, a bio-tech graduate, remembered that “...in our class of 50 students in Bio-Technology at my engineering college, there were only 5 or 6 male students. Of these, only 3 male students managed to complete the entire degree course.”
Traditionally, social conditioning of Indian families is such that girls are considered more suitable for ‘soft’ disciplines like home science and life sciences, as boys are for mathematics and engineering. Research, however, shows that the number of women studying science is improving in India, though their number is still smaller than men.The reasons for this are a combination of socio-cultural and economic. Post-independence and in the decades that followed, urban Indians were heading to universities in their cities in droves.
When one’s family became financially secure enough to afford its children a university education, they were encouraged to enrol – and more often than not, enrol in the field of STEM, whether male or female. STEM was considered the path to a secure financial future. As well, India has always been known for its excellence in the STEM fields, not so much any other fields of learning.
Our IITs boast a harder entrance than most of the Ivy-Leagues, and their graduates are hired handsomely based on this reputation.
India has not discriminated against its women when it comes to science. There, we have been gender-unbiased, knowing that when it comes to mental aptitude and intelligence, men and women are no different.
Striding boldly with the confidence of this same endorsement, there is a bio-pharma company in Bangalore that wants to rehire women!
Kemwell has been pushing boundaries for over 30 years to keep their customers competitive by their commitment to quality, respecting IP rights and working collaboratively with their customers. They provide customized product development and manufacturing solutions to pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical organizations worldwide.
As a 100% contract services provider, the company services over 100 global bio/pharmaceutical companies, including 7 of the top 10 Big Pharma.
Kemwell employs 1200 people, has 10 production facilities worldwide and supplies to 80 countries globally.
It’s local, it’s global, and it’s hiring women...in science!
Walk into your career and discover what makes your head zip and zing with delight. Find that 'you', tap back into that part of your brain; you will figure out how to juggle it all.
But, right now, the world is waiting for you to reclaim it all...
 “Women in Science” – Dinesh C. Sharma, DNA India, Analysis
 STEM – Science Technology Engineering Mathematics
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