Women and Self-Empowerment

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Introduction

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.

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Dr. Seetha Lakshmi: Pioneering Database Technologist

 

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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!).

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பெண்கள் சுய அதிகாரம் – Women’s Self-empowerment 

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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.

 

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

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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.

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Roots and Wings Wisdom

 

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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.

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High on Mentoring

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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.

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Soundbites, Context, and the Reader’s Responsibility

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Many leaders, including technology visionaries, often use soundbites to make a point.  Unfortunately, many of them could be misleading, if you don’t get past the soundbite.

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There is a hole in the side of the boat

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Leaders face tremendous challenges when they take the helms of an existing organization. They don’t have the luxury of a clean slate. Even in a well-run organization, there is room for improvement, and opportunity for the new leader to make a mark. In some cases, the leaders come into situations that might look hopeless and the hurdles insurmountable. In some others, the incoming leader doesn’t even know the enormity of it all until they start revealing themselves over a period of time.

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Working from home – we can work it out

 

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Working from home is a hot topic. Just because some companies are asking their employees to switch from being a remote worker to onsite, all of a sudden working from home is not good for business anymore.

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