The first speaker, Ms. Pratibha, an award-winning STEM researcher, discussed how social roles negatively impact our current society. Mr. Nilay Awasthi, the CEO of the world’s first quantum hardware company, had expressed that women can now enter into the faculties of STEM with little to no cost, as opposed to the times in the past when women had to be financially sound even to consider getting into these faculties.
A Ph.D. in research management, Dr. Iyer, later spoke about the ace mathematician, Shakuntala Devi’s struggles in finding a place in this male-dominated society and how she overcame her challenges in becoming one of the best mathematicians in the world. Socioeconomic status, although a major deterrent in reaching women’s education, in the end, should not stop women from relentlessly pursuing their’s goals and dreams of educating themselves and the people around them; as Ms. Shakuntala Devi had shown through her example.
The next speaker, an online camp owner, who specializes in Arts and Literature, Ms. Arundhati Chaudurti, had educated 50+ kids this year on writing, art, and journaling - skills often deemed as unnecessary but in reality essential for critical thinking, creativity, emotional intelligence, and mental health. She believes that online education would be a game changer in women’s education in the coming years.
Ms. Pamela Pasha, the founder of Lotus Test Prep Foundation, had spoken extensively about how their foundation had helped over 300 kids in their education after Hurricane Harvey. She stated that everyone has a role to play in women’s education. Other speakers like Namrata Jith, a senior in high school, talked about how school-going children can help play a role in improving literacy rates among women in developing countries. The summit’s final speaker, Ms. Saja al Shoshe, recounted how she had faced difficulties in getting proper education as a child. She had raised money for her school and had persuaded many of her friends to continue their education.
In summary, in this modern day and age, there are several means of educating women, as opposed to years in the past. There are online schools and classes, and countries with high literacy rates can impart education to underprivileged, developing countries, and the disadvantaged. Factors such as socioeconomic status, gender inequality, lack of infrastructure, etc., should not limit us in pursuing our education, but together, as a society, all of us can come together to make the dream of women’s education a reality for women across the world.