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December 27, 2017

Hollywood ended 2017 with the blockbuster Star Wars – The Last Jedi which is on its way to becoming the top grosser of the year.  I’m a big fan of the series but what made it particularly interesting for me was the strong female characters in the movie. In the Original...

August 9, 2017

I am not sure if James Damore is naively foolish or extremely courageous to have penned down the thoughts he did in the now infamous #GoogleManifesto. I guess it would depend on which side of the fence you are sitting on.

After reading through the entire Manifesto that...

July 28, 2017

I recently lead the discussion on The Handmaid's Tale at the Book Club at Gyaan Adab, Pune. A dystopian tale written by Margaret Atwood in 1985, the book is about a futuristic world that is plagued by social unrest and declining fertility. Women rights are taken away a...

May 17, 2017

Tech companies have been vocal about their commitment to diversity in the workforce. It’s heartening to see over 80 companies including Intel, SAP, Airbnb, Spotify amongst others, pledge to act to make the technology workforce fully inclusive, as soon as possible.  Yet...

March 29, 2017

Recently I gave a talk to a group of talented women on this year’s IWD theme #BeBoldForChange. As is usual with these kinds of talks it triggers a lot of spirited discussions. One of these conversations stayed with me long after the talk was over.

A lot of people misgui...

March 7, 2017

While the memory of the Oscars this year still lingers on, there’s another thought that has stayed with me for many days. I happened to read an article that was published earlier this year in the LA times where prominent female personalities in the movie business discu...

February 22, 2017

Every year International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March. It’s a day set aside to celebrate women, their achievements, and to recognize the very real struggles that persist for women across the globe. It’s a day to bring awareness to gender disparity. Nee...

January 29, 2017

I have to confess that I had mixed feelings when the Government of India passed the bill to increase paid leave for expectant mothers from three months to six and a half months. This was definitely a step in the right direction to help retain women in the workforce but...

January 11, 2017

You don’t need to wait for a new year to come by to set your goals, but as we jump headlong into 2017 for a lot of people, bringing in a new year translates to hope, hope that this year is going to be different, this year they will “make it”. This could be chasing the...

October 12, 2016

A few years back there was a post that went viral about how a man accidentally discovered gender bias. Kim, who had sales and engineering experience, had excelled in his career thus far, looking for an upgrade he started applying for jobs. Confounded when he didn’t get...