Recently I was invited to give a talk on Women’s Empowerment at the San Francisco Tamil Manram. This article is based on the webinar I delivered in Tamil. One of my mentees who is currently doing her engineering undergraduate was surprised by some of the challenges I mention. That comes from belonging to the privileged class of women. Keep in mind that when I talk about women, I am talking about all women in the world and my frame of reference is the Indian culture. Challenges unique to women in technical professions are also discussed.
Seetha Lakshmi graduated in 1972 from the College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG), with a degree in electronics and communication engineering. She went on to get a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Texas, Austin (the first woman Ph.D. from CEG!).
I had the honor of presenting a webinar on Women’s empowerment to 80+ Tamilians – members of San Francisco Tamil Manram & Sacramento Tamil Manram and some Tamil friends.
You can watch the recording of the webinar or browse the slides.
USIEF Boot camp participants at CEG- Image courtesy Indumathi Manivannan Nambi
How do you make an impact as an alum when you are physically very far away from the campus? Here is a story that will convince you that no matter where you are, it is possible.
I published Roots and Wings, the book that chronicles the lives of 29 pioneering engineering women of India, 16 months ago. Here are some words of wisdom from several of these women who graduated between 1953-1971.
image credit: pixabay/Tumisu
If I were to characterize 2019, I would say that it was a year of mentoring. I interacted with some great mentees and was fortunate to play a small part in their aspiring lives. In the process, I gained a lot.
Image: International Women’s Day
I participated in two International Women’s Day celebrations this year. One was in a recording presented at my alma mater, College of Engineering Guindy (CEG), Chennai.