The Struggle of Womanhood and Entrepreneurship : This article highlights the dynamic women entrepreneurs in India and how they choose to make socially relevant and highly impactful choices.
For all those who are still very dumb about what double weighting is, I suggest you take some time to adjust to the reality of women. About women and their stories of victory, courage, tenacity, kindness, love, and most importantly, passion. When we talk about women in India, we mostly ignore the second shift (another name commonly given to double weights).
Unpaid labor is a social construct, a very distinctive construction and in many cases, roughly called “women’s duty”. Because if you don’t shackle yourself to the social conventions of domestic oppression, you will be accused of being “unlike women” (horror) and we all know that’s not a label that Indian women should strive for.
This is an ode to women, women who consciously choose to overcome that struggle, ignore all accusations, fly above all offensive comments and more importantly, constantly give Indian society an existential crisis. Make no mistake, this is not just for women who are already successful entrepreneurs.
This is for women who are already working and unemployed, for financial independence and for fighting financial oppression, for changing social norms and for struggle, for being extraordinary by not only choosing to exist, but also to live active, seek, fight and win.
– Aditi Gupta
How many times have you been embarrassed about your period? How many times did you check your “area” on “those days?”. Aditi Gupta has answered our prayers. Menstruation is a taboo subject as a women’s right in India, as it is better to pretend it doesn’t exist. Aditi Gupta has gone on a mission to clear the darkness surrounding this common problem by introducing Menstrupedia.
It is a friendly guide for women to stay active, healthy and sober during periods. It aims to explore this issue from different perspectives – hygiene, awareness, feminism and culture, to talk about a few.
– Anu Sridharan
Anu Sridharan has an insatiable thirst to combine technology and society so that we can harness our full potential to stay informed. He founded NextDrop with a simple vision – “we want to rid the world of its water problems”.
With rapid urbanization and development constantly resulting in water scarcity, tech savvy platforms help people stay aware of access to water, the quality and quantity associated with it. They use real-time data to disseminate information about the status of water services, inconsistencies with supply patterns and timing of provision, etc.
– Padmaja Ruparel
Padmaja started the Indian Angel Network in 2009 and has grown to be an integral part of the entrepreneurial ecosphere in India, ever since. Back in 2009, he saw an opportunity to enter a culture that neither supported nor financed the entrepreneurial spirit.
“VCs started investing in startups in India more than a decade ago, but they have always invested the money raised overseas. Trends are changing but VCs are still raising money especially overseas. This number is huge and as an early stage startup, they don’t know what to do. do with large sums of money and VCs don’t even want to invest. Therefore I think investing in the early stages becomes a loophole and hence starting IAN,” said Padmaja.
– Social Police
Prukalpa founded SocialCops with Varun Banka in the hope of using data to solve critical global challenges. With an investment banking background, he realizes how important data is in financial banking. However, he continues to draw parallels about how health, education, crime, the environment and in general, the development sector do not have enough relevant data to exploit in the same way. Interestingly enough, crowdfunding helped make this project a reality.
Hopefully these 5 women have started to inspire you. Being your own boss is not an easy job, plus with society that pressures you on all fronts, the journey will definitely not be easy. Nothing worthwhile comes easily, let’s all strive to beat the odds and stay rooted in our vision.
“We are aware that governments and other organizations have collected large amounts of data from citizens across the country on various issues. The problem is not that there is no data; that data is very difficult to access and use. It is on many government websites, which are hard to find and navigate.
Once you access the data, it is difficult to use because it is inconsistent and unstructured. One big component of our work is finding all these obscure government datasets, cleaning them up, and matching them with other datasets to make them reliable and usable,” he said.
– Elsa Marie D’Silva
If every 20 minutes, someone is raped and not all rapes are reported, can you imagine how many women are harassed on the streets every day?” asked Elsa Marie De’Silva. It was this horrible thought that made Elsa, Surya and Saloni build a safe city. It is a GIS (Geographical Information System) mapping and uses open source technology to facilitate mass mapping of information.
It is a documentation platform that translates personal experiences of harassment and sexual harassment in public places into hotspot location-based trendsWomen can choose to remain anonymous when reporting, its main focus is on reporting and awareness.