“The year is 1970. In a warm lecture room at Padmavathi College in Tirupati, India, a young college professor stands at the head of the class, giving a lecture on ancient Sanskrit drama. Her students feverishly take notes, digesting every word. They barely notice the unexpected guest in the classroom — a young toddler, about 3 years old, playing with a wooden train at the professor’s feet, oblivious to his surroundings.”
“That toddler was me. The professor, my mother.”
2. “During my early years, I would accompany my mother everywhere — to her college classes and as she fulfilled civic duties as the wife of an Indian Administrative Service officer, tasked with administrating government services to a district with millions of people.”
“It wasn’t until decades later that I could begin to understand the choices my mother had to make that day in the classroom and every other day — between balancing her work and her family, her professional ambitions and her role as wife and mother, and her passions and her routine.
3. “Even now, I know I can understand only to a certain point. Although we shared many things — our sense of humor and mindfulness of practicing things that nourish your soul as much as your intellect — I know that the barriers and challenges she faced as a working mother were far, far greater than mine.”
This is one reason celebrating International Women’s Day is so important — to recognize and honor the tremendous value women around the world provide every single day, but also to help remove barriers for the next generation.”
4. “In technology and in so many other STEM-focused industries, there is a particularly intense, pressing need to address these barriers. But how do we start? Above all else, we must close the gender gap. Women are sorely under-represented in these fields both in the United States and globally, which is not only a matter of fairness, but of societal and economic harm — in no uncertain terms, we all are negatively impacted when women are not engaged and treated equitably.”
5. ” I’m no longer a child playing at my mother’s feet, but I will always be a man looking up to a woman — my mother, my wife, my daughters, my Microsoft colleagues and so many others — for the lessons in life that define who I am as a father, husband and CEO.” [“Source-gizmodo”]