‘Women & Girls in Science’ Day 2020

Image Courtesy: Pexels | Pixabay
Image Courtesy: Pexels | Pixabay

Ancient India had famous women scholars like Leelavati, — a mathematician daughter of Bhaskara II, (1150 AD), Gargi- the natural philosopher, Khana- the astronomer and many others. They were conferred with titles like ‘Vidushi’ (intellectual woman) and ‘Brahmavadini’ (expounder of Ved — the books of knowledge), and Akka Mahadevi a prominent figure of female emancipation from present-day Karnataka. However, somewhere along the way, India entered a dark period (due to invasions and intrusions), dominated by discrimination against women, and they were relegated to domestic roles.

Image Courtesy: Pexels | Pixabay

We, as a united world, are on the path of reaching a new high in recognising professionals without the need to mention their genders. However, there remains a gap that can be filled by bringing equality of opportunity to women in the field of science. A step forward to highlighting the scientific contributions by exemplary women scientists, honouring them, and celebrating ‘a day of their own’, promises a future we all want to experience.

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