Rukhmabai initiatives Stories of women
in stem

Inclusive storytelling about accomplished Indian women in STEM, written by women journalists from India

Stories From Rukhmabai Edition 3

This accidental entrepreneur bets on microalgae for net-zero transition

By Gowthami Subramaniam

From a researcher to an entrepreneur, Dr Jikku Jose has many achievements to her credit. Born and brought up at Kanjirappally in Kottayam district of Kerala, her eco-conscious father fostered her interest in science.

Trailblazer at the forefront of India’s battle against COVID-19

By Sneha Khedkar

Dr Minal Dakhave Bhosale’s passion for public health burned bright from an early age. This led her to become the driving force behind the development of a groundbreaking COVID-19 testing kit at a young age of 33. 

From emulsified fuel to protein bars, her innovations ride high on sustainability

By Shailaja Tiwale

Dr Jyotsna Waghmare’s fuel promises to reduce carbon dioxide and particulate matter emissions from vehicles, whereas the protein bars from oil cakes and artificial production of Medium-Chain Triglycerides help boost nutrition levels

Exploring the depths: The adventures of a marine biologist

By Sanjana Chevalam and Pragya Solanki

Driven by an endless curiosity and a sense of adventure, Prerana Gawde juggles many roles — marine biologist, professional diver and one of the few female underwater researchers in India

Spotlight on inclusive research as women left out of drug research, clinical trials​

By Sneha Khedkar

Prescribing medicines without conducting experiments on female animals is causing more harm than good to women, resulting in administration of wrong medicines to them

Sustainability and rural empowerment drive this geneticist, her father's daughter

By Shailaja Tiwale

Dr Chanda Nimbkar’s contributions to animal breeding, notably in enhancing the genetic features of local sheep and goats, have greatly improved the livelihoods of people from rainfed areas of rural Maharashtra

How this millennial doctor demystifies sexual, reproductive health education through Instagram

By Sneha Khedkar

With over one million people following her Instagram handle @dr_cuterus, Dr Tanaya Narendra has been making best use of the online space to educate people on all aspects of reproductive biology

Fighting in the dark: How ASHAs in Bihar strive to keep kala-azar at bay

By Saumya Kalia

Overworked and underpaid, grassroots health workers continue to go door to door, persist in screening of people with symptoms, and constantly monitor them for years together in their bid to eliminate the disease

She reposed trust in plants to tide over tough days in foreign lab ​

By Gowthami Subramaniam

Battling bias and returning home without a published research made Jaishree Subrahmaniam so resilient that she managed to beat 12,000 applicants to emerge as the recipient of prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship


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Rukhmabai grants 2023 We're thrilled to
announce the new Grantees!

Our newest cohort has been carefully selected from the dozens of submissions we received from incredible science writers and journalists eager to contribute towards building inclusive spaces in Indian STEM.

Rukhmabai Grants | STORIES OF WOMEN IN STEM Applications are now Closed

Help us amplify the voices of striking women who have unique points of view and compelling insights into the world of STEM and their place in it.

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