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One Stereotype at a Time: Meet the Female Scientists Putting India on the Global Map


From Kaur, Karidhal to Somasundaram, female scientists are helping shed the infamous notion that ‘India is a land of snake charmers’.

When Seetha Somasundaram, the Program Director, ISRO Space Science Program Office, successfully led the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) to Mars, she put to rest all kinds of stereotypes associated with India.

Some of them were—Indian women remain confined to homes, science is a male-dominated field, India is a country of poor and hungry people, it is a land of sadhus, and that superstitions still rule people’s lives and more.

MOM, also called Mangalyaan, is a space probe orbiting Mars since 24 September 2014. It was launched on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is the country’s first interplanetary mission, making ISRO the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after Roscosmos, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the European Space Agency (ESA).

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