The people over at The Ladies Finger have published a very illuminating interview with Geetha Kannan, Managing Director of the Anita Borg Institute India. For those not in the know, ABI organises the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. The Indian edition of the conference runs from 2nd to 4th December this year in Bangalore. This link promises livestreams of the keynote talks.
In the interview linked above Kannan offers the following insight
For us community means everything – our standing in society is linked to our self-respect. So sometimes you’ll see that women – these are anecdotal stories – may enjoy their careers, their partners may be fine with it, their in-laws may be fine with it, but there’s so much community pressure that they have to give it up
and follows this up with another deep thought
Lessons on dealing with that kind of social pressure cannot be learned from the West, and that’s been one of the biggest eye-openers for us.
Something we all need to think about: Tapping into the intellectual resources of the underrepresented 50% can be a great boost for our discipline. Not to mention that it will also help make the world a better, more just place.
Late breaking: We have been reliably informed that DAIR’s own PhD student, Prachi Jain, is attending the GH conference in Bangalore. We will be pestering her for a report on it once she’s back.