Was it right to fire the Google engineer?

Don’t shoot the messenger Shoba Narayan AUGUST 17, 2017 00:02 IST UPDATED: AUGUST 16, 2017 23:34 IST Google shouldn’t have fired the engineer who questioned its diversity efforts — it should have co-opted him Pity James Damore. The Google engineer wrote what he thought was a sacred screed that would change the world or at least…

Read More

Namrita Jhangiani on women leadership

Namrita works for Egon Zehnder and is passionate about women leaders.  Here is a piece she wrote for Mint today about Leaders & Daughters.  See it here As a mother and a daughter, I think this is really cool.  Check out #leadersanddaughters and @namritasj in Twitter.  Show your support by sharing this link.  Thanks.

Read More

Men’s rules

At work, women don’t need to play by the same rules as men Indian politician and novelist Shashi Tharoor. (David Levenson / Getty Images) At work, women don’t need to play by the same rules as men Shoba Narayan December 8, 2014 Updated: December 8, 2014 09:30 AM My grandparents had four sons and one…

Read More

Women’s Colleges

LEISURE» THE GOOD LIFE Why your girl should go to a women’s college Making a case for women’s colleges as an option for young women Shoba Narayan George Bernard Shaw knew what he was talking about. “Youth is wasted on the young.” Our college years exert a long shadow, recognized only in adulthood. I studied…

Read More

Women’s colleges

Inspired by the visit of Sonya Stephens of Mount Holyoke, I began thinking about women’s colleges. An all-women’s college changed my life Shoba Narayan November 29, 2014 Updated: November 29, 2014 05:48 PM Those involved in higher education – and I say this as the daughter of a college professor – sometimes forget just what…

Read More

Maternal Deaths

This appeared in Christian Science Monitor. India’s MMR statistics are shameful, something which I didn’t know. But there is a nice report called “State of the World’s Mothers” that outlines where India stands. The process is complicated because everyone has a view on how to get women into hospitals and take care of themselves. Given…

Read More

Educating Girls

This was part of a trip with CARE USA where we visited an NGO called Udaan/Join My Village. The tour was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It was an unexpected pleasure to meet my friend, Michael Pelletier, back in India as Deputy US Consul at the reception. Thanks to this trip, I…

Read More

CARE USA Learning tour

I went on a tour with CARE USA to look at education, public health, and maternal mortality issues. The trip included some chiefs of staff of US congressmen and women. It was fascinating to interact with them and see how the US Congress functions. It was amazing to see the work done by the several…

Read More

Be the woman of your choice

The piece below had the following comment from a reader. More than KV Kamath, the credit in ICICI should go to N Vaghul. The environment was conducive for the growth of women managers and the necessary flexibility was extended to women. They were given leadership roles during his tenure and by the time KVK came…

Read More

Women– conformists and rebels

It gave me a lot of pleasure to write this piece. I think my mother in law is fascinating. She stayed with me for six months recently and it was a learning experience. She, like many of her generation, inhabits her identity so firmly and easily, without much angst or internal conflict. She does Varalakshmi…

Read More