RSAA Colloquia / Seminars / Feast-of-Facts: Friday, 24 February 2017, 14:30-14:50; Duffield Lecture Theatre

Prajval Shastri

"Interventions for Gender Equity in Physics: Seeding or Hindering Cultural Change?"

The gender gap in the sciences is a global phenomenon, and appears to be the result of both discipline-driven and societal culture-driven factors, among others. Several initiatives towards gender parity in the sciences in India have occurred at the national, governmental levels. Data for India suggest that the gender gap is due neither to lack of interest in science nor to a lack of career goals in science among girls. The drivers of the gap in India are explored using available empirical investigations and theoretical insights from gender studies. The implications for policy will be discussed.