About Rukhmabai initiatives

The Rukhmabai initiatives was first launched in 2020 in honour of one of India’s first practising female doctor and work towards recognising the presence of Indian women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

Rukhmabai was a feminist icon in the British era who went against the conventions when she refused to move into her marital home and contested a historic legal battle for her rights, which eventually led to the enactment of the Age of Consent Act, 1891. After the dissolution of her marriage, Rukhmabai continued her education and went on to pursue a career in medicine. She served as the chief medical officer of the Women’s Hospital in Surat.

Rukhmabai’s grit and determination to realise her potential is an inspiration for millions pursuing science and related fields. It is especially challenging, given the deeply embedded biases in society, gender stereotypes, financial constraints, lack of early childhood exposure, opportunities and so on.

Applications for the next cohort of the Rukhmabai Initiatives open in November. Stay tuned!

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We are currently accepting applications from women journalists/writers only. #womeninartsforwomeninscience.

Last year, in 2020, we had chosen two Rukhmabai Fellows. For our second edition, we awarded the fellowship to three deserving applicants.

Who can participate

Indian Nationals

Over 21 years of age

Studying or pursuing journalism

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