Encouraging Women leaders in the technology domain has always been a topic of interest. However, the ongoing pandemic has further heightened the need to empower women by providing them any support that they may need. Various studies have indicated that the flexible working hours and work from home model prompted by the pandemic has helped companies realise that offering this convenience even once the pandemic subsides can help women flourish. Ms. Jaya Vaidhyanathan, CEO, BCT Digital spoke to Dataquest on the occasion of International Women’s month to discuss what has changed for women, and what more can be done.
Ms. Jaya Vaidhyanathan: Women have always been rare in the technology domain, but things are gradually changing for good. About 43% of India’s women are STEM graduates – and this is a noteworthy achievement. As of today, we have a good number of women entering the STEM work fields, but it’s nowhere near the expected level. Alarmingly, only a meager 14% is currently employed in STEM fields, and this needs to change.