I first listened to ‘Smack that’ by Akon back in 2006 and went on to listen to it a gazillion times. It contained a rap verse by legendary artist Eminem that caught my attention as I followed it with ease. So I thought to myself why not try a hand at rapping? My rapping skills... Continue Reading →
‘We Make It Happen’: Swapna Kona Nayudu’s story
Swapna Kona Nayudu Job Title: Scholar of Peace Academic Fellow, Women in Security and Conflict Management Practices (WISCOMP), New Delhi, India. Field of Work: Kabul, Afghanistan. Dates: March, 2008. In 2008, I was awarded the Scholar of Peace academic fellowship by WISCOMP. The project was to study the representation of gender in the lower house... Continue Reading →
A new call for stories and photos!
WE MAKE IT HAPPEN: Stories of Women’s Leadership A PRAJNYA ARCHIVES PROJECT TO MARK INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2015 WHEN: FROM MARCH 8 TO APRIL 8, 2015 • Have you been a leader—in school, at play, in the community or in politics? • Do you know women in leadership roles in the public or private sector,... Continue Reading →
Malathi Jaikumar (nee Sundaram), B.A. English Literature, Loretto College, Calcutta, 1963
"My name is Malathi Jaikumar nee Sundaram. I graduated in English Literature - BA Hons from Loretto College, Calcutta in the year 1963. I was the first woman graduate on my mother's as well as my father's side of the family. Writing has always been my passion and I have been writing as far back... Continue Reading →
Malati Manohar Harshey, L.L.B. Jabalpur University, 1966
"My mother, Malati Manohar Harshey (1920-2003) The first woman graduate in our family, she was also graceful, wise and widely beloved. A self-made lady who stood out in her time and set an example for all the women in the family. Mummy was a firstborn child raised to an intellectual but submissive youth in the small town... Continue Reading →
P.R. Saraswathi, B.Com, Delhi University, 1973
"A few words on my mother: My mother completed her Diploma in Commercial Practice at Adyar Polytechnic Chennai and went on to complete her Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University by correspondence in 1973. All through her lifetime till day, she has perfectly managed to balance her relationship and career in the best way possible.... Continue Reading →
Dr. Gudipati Lalitha, B.Sc, Andhra University, 1961
Dr. Lalitha on her graduation day (1961) Receiving the Best Teacher Award (being presented by the then CM of Andhra Pradesh N. Janardhan Reddy), 1988. Her social activities: contribution for a water storage tank at a village in 2003 Singing at a concert (her passion), Tirupathi, 2004 "Dr. Gudipati Lalitha is the First Graduate... Continue Reading →
Srividhya Jammbunathan, M.Com, Annamalai University, 1990s.
"Believe it or not ; it is 100% true! I am the first woman graduate in three generations of my family, from the enquiries of my grand parents. Is it possible to secure a diploma and a degree in a regular five year stream from a college in Tamilnadu without undergoing +2 course in Higher Secondary... Continue Reading →
Vasantha Swaminathan, B.A., Madras University, 1976.
"Born in Thiruvidaimaruthur (Tanjore District) on October 3rd 1945, in a family of 8 as the 5th child and the last of the 3 girls, she was the first woman graduate of our family. Her dad Balakrishnan Thayagarajan was a headmaster (History Major) himself but she was the first woman graduate not only in this... Continue Reading →
Leela Kripalani, B.A, Bombay University, 1943/44
College name: D J Sind College, Karachi University: Bombay University Major & Degree: BA, Sindhi and English Literature Year of graduation: approximately 1943/44 Contributor: Jyoti Punwani (daughter)