The number of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields is growing, but females in these industries still make up only a fraction of STEM workers when compared to men. We asked 12 women what it’s like being the minority in these fields, and this is what they had to say.
“As a woman in a professional career, I have been extremely lucky to have professors and mentors, both men and women, who have been unbiased in their attitude towards me and have encouraged and advised me through challenging situations. The biggest barrier on my end has been to strike a work-life balance; the only way I have been able to achieve this is to compromise on my own social life, outside of work.
I would encourage other women to go into STEM. It’s a wonderful and a very satisfying feeling to be able to contribute towards the progress of mankind with creative and innovative solutions.You know you will be at some point touching many other lives other than your own family. This general feeling of hope and content is very satisfying.”
– Dr. Papia Chakraborty, Senior Scientist and Head of Immuno-oncology at MedGenome