Women In Engineering Panel Discussion

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Women In Engineering Panel Discussion

  1. 1. June 29, 2007 Challenges of women participation in Workforce - is it the educational system, the social environment or the technical inclination? Dr. Partha Pratim Das Interra Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd. Panel Discussion: WieNSET-2007
  2. 2. Factor: Educational Systems Culprit or Savior?
  3. 3. Educational Systems <ul><li>Unfair on the face of it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering colleges rue the skewed boy-girl ratio </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fair at the policy level </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The utilization suffers – Social Factors? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Factor: Technical Inclination Savior?
  5. 5. Technical Inclination
  6. 6. Technical Inclination
  7. 7. Technical Inclination <ul><li>Why Men Don´t Listen and Women Can´t Read Maps? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brain Mapping Results by PET </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Heavy Parallelism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Weak Geometric Processing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nobel Prize Statistics – Women Winners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Physics: 2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chemistry: 3 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Medicine: 7 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Literature: 10 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Peace: 12 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Are Women Technically Handicapped or Differently Abled? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Factor: Social Environment Culprit?
  9. 9. Social Environment <ul><li>Declining Sex Ratio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Foetal Determination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Female Infanticide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commoditization of Women </li></ul><ul><li>Workplace Discrimination against Women </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Perception on Technical Inclination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less available hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Men often acrimonious to women bosses / colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workplace (sexual) harassment in disguise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Domestic Discrimination against Women </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Working women have two full-time jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Girl child dropout from school is way higher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Usual domestic violence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stereotyping of Role </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>
  10. 10. Thank You

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