Confident Women

A piece that really *really* bothered me and a response. Opinion Comment Don’t listen to the dissenting voices, just carry on regardless Shoba Narayan October 8, 2013 Updated: October 8, 2013 18:08:00 Recently, the New York Times magazine carried an article titled, Why are there still so few women in science? Related ■ South Korea…

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Why women don’t work?

Thanks to this forum for discussing feminism. Specific thanks to Naina, Vinay, RG, NS– and even though others have a view on him– Krishna. This appeared in The National, Abu Dhabi. Caught between traditional values and modern ways Shoba Narayan Jul 2, 2013 During a recent trip to Dubai, I caught up with some old…

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The Sexes– again for The Atlantic

The thrill of being a beat reporter at a newspaper is to turn in copy and have it up in a few hours. Column writing takes away that immediacy but offers carte blanche with respect to voice and content– that is its thrill. I write my Mint column about two weeks in advance and The…

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Motherlode

Motherlode of the NYT is one of my favorite blogs– along with The Atlantic’s “The Sexes.” After the Paul Tudor Jones fracas, I wrote an essay as a reaction. To my delight, they published it today. The headline is more extreme than my view, but I don’t write the headlines. I also realize that by…

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Women and careers

Like any writer, I enjoy comments about my pieces even if it takes me a while to get to them.  Criticism is healthy and occasionally hurts, but hey, if you cannot stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.  Or in my case, out of the writing game. What irritates me about the comments below…

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Women on top

A woman’s touch is exactly what is needed in today’s politics Shoba Narayan Sep 6, 2011 As Moza Al Otaiba begins her Federal National Council campaign, one of many women moving into the UAE’s public sphere, I have some good news for her. Recent research suggests that putting women on a team, committee or council…

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Why we hate our girls for Mint Lounge

This was a tough piece to write because you had to get the tone right. Many rewrites; many inputs from editors. Here it is at Mint’s site and pasted below Culture Why we hate our girls The 2011 census reveals our abysmal child sex ratio. Is it poverty, deep-rooted cultural conditioning or our ignorance about…

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Role of Women in Indian Politics for Knowledge at Wharton

What Is the Role of Women in Indian Politics? Growing Stronger… Published: May 21, 2009 in India Knowledge@Wharton India should work towards empowering women economically — through microfinance programs — and also encourage greater participation of women leaders in panchayats, or village councils, writes author Shoba Narayan in this opinion piece. The ink-stained polls of…

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