Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.Marie Curie, Physicist, Two-time Nobel Laureate (1867-1934)
Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t.Gertrude B. Elion, Biochemist, Nobel Laureate (1918-1999)
Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations…If you adopt their attitudes, then the possibility won’t exist because you’ll have already shut it out … You can hear other people’s wisdom, but you’ve got to re-evaluate the world for yourself.Mae Jemison, first African American woman in space (1956-present)
Science is not a boy's game, it's not a girl's game. It's everyone's game. It's about where we are and where we're going.Nichelle Nichols, former NASA Ambassador and actress
I have never let gender get in my way. It has taken me over 30 years to get from a garage to the huge campus that we have today. And it's been a long journey.Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Founder of drug company Biocon
I believe every single woman could accomplish what I've accomplished.Weili Dai, Co-founder of Marvell Tech
Yes, the challenges are immensely daunting. Yet, I am of the belief that we need to use our feminine powers at work. Successful women ask for what they want. Good work does not always guarantee success. We have to learn to assess our leadership skills and affirm our focus towards being vocal and advocating on our own behalfMeera Kaul, Global Women Empowerment Evangelist
I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me, how the matter in question was first thought of or arrived at, etc., etc.Ada Lovelace, World’s first computer programmer
Say what you know, do what you must, come what may.Sofia Kovalevskaya (1850 – 1891) Russian Mathematician, First Woman to Receive Professorship
If one proves the equality of two numbers a and b by showing first that "a is less than or equal to b" and then "a is greater than or equal to b", it is unfair, one should instead show that they are really equal by disclosing the inner ground for their equality.Emmy Noether (1882 – 1935). Mathematician
A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things.Rear Admiral, Grace Hopper, developer of UNIVAC I and COBOL
I think it's very important to get more women into computing. My slogan is: Computing is too important to be left to men.Karen Sparck Jones, Professor of Computers and Information at Cambridge Computer Laboratory
Our society tells women they don’t belong in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Toys made for girls reinforce rigid, highly gendered stereotypes that encourage only boys to build or engineer. At almost every step of the STEM education ladder, we see girls walk away. The few remaining women graduate to a workforce that is historically unfriendly to women.
Stereotypes, gender bias, and the climate of academic departments and workplaces continue to block women’s participation and progress. But the low number of women and girls pursuing STEM fields is not a status quo one can live with. It has significant implications for women’s financial security, economic growth, and global innovation. Research shows that when women are economically stable, they invest in health, education and well-being of their communities.
WiSTEM is one of the core Programs of the Meera Kaul Foundation. As a part of this program we grow awareness for STEM as a viable option for girls, women and their institutions across the world, for inspiring a global shift in the attitude towards Women in STEM.
The Foundations runs several sub-programs under its Women in STEM Program. The objective is reaching relevant messaging to a desired target audience for addressing key issues being faced by professional women worldwide, whether related to entrepreneurship, placements, re-starting careers or establishing start-ups.
STEMGIRLS is a School outreach program that encourages young girls to cultivate and sustain interest in STEM subjects. Under the program, various activities are conducted that expose students to the fun and intriguing side of STEM. Our initiatives here include
The program includes introduction to women role-models from STEM industries and mentoring sessions with women leaders in STEM Careers, offering comprehensive advise, resources, and activities for students, teachers and parents on STEM subjects/fields, STEM higher education, and STEM Careers.
For more information on how to get involved and benefit as a school or university, please contact email@example.com
We manage the career aspirations of women in STEM across the world. Whether you are looking for your next job role, or you are seeking a new employee, Women in STEM Careers can help.
For job seekers, Careers provides access to thousands of current jobs covering an extensive range of sectors and locations. For recruiters, our candidate-reach is immense - in excess of 60 million candidates worldwide!
Offering a dedicated consultancy service, the Careers Placement Program leverages the Foundations global network of corporate partners and 5000+ alumni of women in STEM to match job requirements with suitable talent. The objective is to grow the number of women in STEM Careers around the globe, while offering guidance and knowledge resources relevant to STEM fields.
The key services of the Careers Placement Program include:
The Careers Program works closely with its corporate partner network to evaluate their internship and recruitment requirements, and to provide school girls, university students and young graduates access to internship/job opportunities within these organizations. Offering corporates the benefit of leveraging our years of experience in working with STEM talent from around the world, the Career Program helps shortlist suitable STEM interns and recruits from their database of stem girls, women in stem and MKF alumni.
While the placement service is free for candidates, the fee for corporates is 10% of total compensation of candidate plus $2000 flat fee per candidate searched for database access.
Our research and experience reveals a dire shortage of counseling for school girls and university under-grads with respect to STEM careers. This service offers students insights on STEM careers - possibilities, options, jobs, pay scales, demands and challenges; provides role-model sessions with women in STEM leadership roles, to answer typical STEM career related queries, as well as offers counseling for parents & teachers wrt STEM jobs and careers.
Female University graduates, junior women executives looking for a career change, as well as senior exec women looking to move into leadership roles, the Job counselling service offers a support structure that includes hand-holding for young graduates in terms of job opportunities, CV & resume assistance; negotiation skills specifically for women to avoid the glass ceiling and gender pay gap; 'how to's' of leadership for women as well as access to knowledge resources to train and develop.
Break-in is a Back-to-Work Program for Women who have taken a career break. Women leave the workforce to have babies and engage in care activities. Break-in provides them with the bridge to upgrade their skills and access job opportunities when they decide to return to the workforce.
MKF has tied up with Universities & VC’s/Companies to support women wanting to rejoin the workforce. While Universities can help women upgrade their skills as per market requirements, VC’s / Companies/ Startups an engage with women who want to re-enter the workforce and provide them placement on full or part time basis.
This service runs dedicatedly for MKF Alumni. MKF Alumni is a first of its kind Loyalty Program for pro-bono work done in the public benefit domain. Members include women who have interacted with, volunteered time and contributed to the Foundations work, programs and events over the years.
Placement service for all alumni members is free and they also enjoy a host of other benefits in terms of access to events, education and job opportunities globally.
For all the benefits & features of the Alumni Membership or to apply for membership, click here.
The first program of its kind in the world, with tie-ups with 25 VC's & investors around the globe, the Silicon Valley Start-up Accelerator Program is an initiative of Meera Kaul Foundation (MKF) to empower tech women founders by supporting their startups through mentorship and experiential education.The program will accelerate, nurture and invest in innovative and scalable women-led early stage tech startups. Startups will receive an unparalleled opportunity to transform their innovative ideas into investment-worthy business propositions and successful sustainable businesses.
It is a hard training ground for wannabe entrepreneurs, taking them through the entire gamut of launching their own business, starting from crafting the idea, prototyping, creating business plans & pitches that help them win investors as well as necessary skills like confidence, presentation and critical thinking. Stress-tests and real-life business case simulations ensure inductees are equipped to deal with the emotional and professional demands of being an entrepreneur.
Currently based out of Silicon Valley, the program is open to applicants from across the globe. Regional chapters of the program will subsequently be launched in various parts of the world to enable access to local funding.
The Conference and Awards has grown over the years to become the largest regional gathering of a global audience of women technologists, scientists, mathematicians and achievers who are not only adding diversity to the world around us but are also essential participants in the health of the global economy.
During the Hackathon, women meet like-minded women, angels, and support organizations and they are able to create networks for a lifetime. The Hackathon offers women participants an opportunity to interact with professionals from the industry and gain insightful knowledge about their chosen stream of study. The Hackathon challenges aspiring female technology enthusiasts to explore feasible ideas, develop their team skills, and strengthen their network.
The Meera Kaul Foundation partners with Universities and Corporates to conduct the Hackathon. Established mentors are invited to guide the participants. An esteemed panel of Judges assesses the prototypes to give away the awards. The whole process is thoughtfully designed to give a once in a life time experience to the participants.
These Fellows are stellar women from STEM backgrounds in leading positions that are on-board with the Foundations philosophy of giving back and of growing the number of women in STEM & in leadership roles. These women form the core Mentors for the Foundation, representing the brand for mentoring wherever required including schools, colleges, organizations and events. To become a Fellow, contact us here