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Empowering Women and Girls in Science!

Team StoryWeavers|February 12, 2019, 07:15 IST| 42

Throughout history, there have been many incredible and inspiring women who have made significant innovation and contribution in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. However, the field of STEM sees a very low participation of women i.e. it comprises of 28% of women only.

This International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let’s look at 5 Incredible Indian Women Scientists who braved against all odds and set examples in the field of STEM and paved the way for young dreamers. Do tell us who is your favorite!

Shakuntala Devi | 4 November, 1929

         Shakuntala Devi           4 November, 1929

The ‘Human Computer’ of India

Her mind could calculate any cube root faster than a computer; she was a child prodigy, a math genius at the age of 3 and a ruler in the world of numbers. Meet Shakuntala Devi, who extracted the 23rd root of a 201-digit number mentally, 12 seconds faster than the Univac-1108 in the year 1977.

Did you know? If given any date of any century, Shakuntala could tell what day of the week it fell on within seconds

 Kalpana Chawla |17 March, 1962

Kalpana Chawla               17 March, 1962

Dare to dream of the stars, just like Kalpana Chawla

A young space dreamer from Haryana, her favorite hobby as a child was to draw pictures of aeroplanes and gaze at the night sky while falling asleep. With her strong determination to fly in between the fluffy clouds, Kalpana Chawla became the first Indian aeronautical engineer to travel into space.

Did you know? Kalpana was an ace karate champ, a certified scuba diver and was a pro  Bharatnatyam dancer .

Tessy Thomas  April 1963

                         Tessy Thomas                                    April, 1963

The Missile lady of India

Breaking the glass ceiling in a male dominated bastion, Tessy Thomas became the first Indian woman to head an Indian missile project. A scientist and a homemaker, she was the Project Director for the Agni-IV and Agni-V missile in Defence Research and Development Organisation.

Did you know? She was awarded the prestigious Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for her significant contribution.

 Anna Mani | 23 August, 1918

Anna Mani                        23 August, 1918

Extraordinary experiments with weather!

A well-known meteorologist, Anna Mani had worked under the tutelage of Prof C V Raman. Her research papers on meteorological instrumentation and her significant contributions in the field of solar radiation, ozone and wind energy instrumentation earned her a global fame. She also served as the Deputy Director of Indian Meteorological Department.

Did you know? From 1957-58, Anna Mani was super busy setting up a network of stations to measure solar radiation and study them.

Janaki Ammal | 4 November, 1897

                       Janaki Ammal                                  4 November, 1897

Why Sugar taste sweet? Ask this Indian woman scientist

At a time when women were considered as ornaments and confined to the four walls of their house, Janaki Ammal clearly broke the stereotype and pursued a career in scientific research. A pioneering botanist and cytogeneticist, she is credited with putting sweetness in India’s sugarcane varieties, speaking against the hydro-electric project in Kerala’s Silent Valley and the phenomenal study of chromosomes of thousands of plant species. With her incredible research, she became the first woman scientist to receive the prestigious Padma Shree way back in 1977

Did you know? The sweet smelling flower Magnolia Kobus is named after Janaki Ammal

What these women have accomplished in the various fields of research is nothing short of amazing. Thanks to them, the future aspiring women and girls in India can find role models closer to home.

Let’s take a stand to support and encourage all the women and girls who loves the world of science!!  

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Books are Tanaya Goswami’s first love and cheesecakes come a close second. Talking about movies, music, calligraphy, politics, and Elon Musk will get you listed under the friends’ section of her diary. Ever since moving on from her job as an English lecturer, she spends her time at BYJU’S crafting stories filled with emotion and sprinkled with sarcasm. Outside of work, she’s either learning something new (French, most recently!) or is curled up with a book and a cup of coffee. She firmly believes that discovering what you don’t know is the key to knowledge and is constantly working towards improving herself. Drop in a line at if you liked her stories, have something nice to say, or if you have compelling ideas to share!

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Afrin Bano

July 13, 2019

Your description about these empowering women is speechless mam,indeed you are an inspiring woman


June 11, 2019

So proud to be a girl child?ready to shine.


May 28, 2019

All of them are best scientist


May 28, 2019

Happy international women’s day to all super girl & woman’s who really make us proud


April 28, 2019

Really.. These ladies are honoring.. I will try to be some of them in future

Tanvi Sajan

April 2, 2019

Me too❤️

Thrishna santhosh

March 20, 2019

I am proud to an Indian lady


March 9, 2019



March 3, 2019

Happy International Women’s Day ?
Thanx for the info ?


February 27, 2019

Thanks BYJU’S for the information ??


February 25, 2019

How to go the contents


February 22, 2019

I inspired with Shakuntala Devi


February 22, 2019

I inspired with Shakuntala Devi?

Nandana Nandakumar

February 18, 2019

I am proud to be an indian
women and happy international womens day
I like all of them,they are so unique and special

Dr.Maya J..Pillai

February 17, 2019

Empowerment is nothing ,simply ‘M’ powering,Mind power,Muscle power and Money power

Nihla KN

February 16, 2019

Proud to be a girl….??✌️???


February 16, 2019

Very interested information

Tajalli Nisar

February 15, 2019

I loved shakuntala Devi the most!

Raniya Jaleel

February 15, 2019

Nice informative topics and happy international woman’s day for science and technology


February 14, 2019

Happy international woman’s day. I want to be like Kalpana Chawla.

Sana Yaseen

February 14, 2019

Being a girl I know the real value of women a women’s is 100 times better than men I
Wish myself and all the women’s in the world a happy international women’s day

Barira and Afifa

February 14, 2019

I am proud ???? of these womens who are dispersing the seeds of inspiration.? Thank you byju’s learning tree ? for sharing this information.???❣️?❣️????. Love you byju’s team???


February 14, 2019

Very proud to know that there r womans with mind blowing talents
bubbling inside them ??????

riya Kanthaliya

February 13, 2019

I also want to come in history like other woman they have a motivation for me
?????????????I luv byjus
By using byjus i become a topper i am really thnk u to byjus
Byjus is amazing ???????

Siddharth Khandelwal

February 13, 2019

Happy international women’s day.


February 13, 2019

Happy international women’s day I like Tessy Thomas ,annamani, Janaki ammal
And Kalpana Chawla.Thank you byjus for sharing this information

V. Pravalika

February 13, 2019

Most inspiring story about women ???????????

Riya singh

February 13, 2019

Be always proud as a girl and Be always motivated

Royal Roy

February 13, 2019

Women are the real assets of country.we should support them to make remarkable changes in our society.


February 13, 2019

Intriguing ????

Jesvi Maria

February 12, 2019

Be always proud as a girl.We all can become 1 of the excellent members in these
5.When we have our dear Byjus as helping hand.Nothing is impossible
if we have God’s blessing and self-confidence.Let us make the list with
10 brain masters for next year.Happy international day of women’s and girls in science.

Srimayee mall

February 12, 2019

I feel proud to be a part of such a community that has brought out so super scientists; I feel proud to be a girl!! Thanks for being our exemplary role models
Well selecting the best is difficult;each woman has her own speciality in her own way☺️☺️

Atharv Singh

February 12, 2019

I am proud to be an Indian,I like Kalpana Chawla the most.

Sonal Rajput

February 12, 2019

I feel proud on myself to be a girl . Happy International Woman’s Day ? to all brave girls and ladies .I liked Shakuntala Devi most

Vaishnavi Naineni

February 12, 2019

So proud to be a girl child.


February 12, 2019

Happy international women’s day to all 5 super womens who make us proud

Vartika singh

February 12, 2019

All the womens who are a part of sceince and technology are very good they are motivate us in many ways all the 5 super womens are excellent but my favourite is Kalpana Chawla?. And Happy international women day to all the brave womens and girls


February 12, 2019

Happy international women’s day


February 12, 2019

Happy international woman’s day. I Liked Shakuntala Devi most. ?


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