India’s first female engineer, Lalitha Ayyalasomayajula, was a single mother from pre-Independence Madras.
August is a month of transitions. It’s a reminder that summer is on its last legs and fall is just around the corner. It’s our last chance to enjoy the holidays before plunging back in September into school and the daily grind.
Photo by Sergey Shmidt on UnsplashApril showers bring May flowers (and Mother’s Day), and this year the blooms are particularly welcome. For the first time in the past two years, the daffodils, lilacs, tulips, and wisteria bring new meaning and real hope that maybe — just maybe — we are at the tail end of…
April. It’s a month of new beginnings, heralding the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere. Here in the United States, the days are getting longer and the weather warmer. And with that comes a feeling of being lighter. I wake up to the sound of birds chirping, and walk by crocuses peeking through the…
March is an important month for all of us at SEEMA.
As a platform focused on enhancing the representation of South Asian women, SEEMA takes particular pride on celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. March also marks the launch of SEEMA, and this year the magazine celebrates its third anniversary.
Time flies but progress is gradual. Women of South Asian origin are making great strides in all walks of life, as our feature on 50 women making history on page 8 demonstrates. In myriad fields of arts, science, business, politics and philanthropy, South Asian women are making history with their contributions as they step into their fifth decade and beyond, debunking the myth that age is a barrier to your career.
We take heart in how far we have come in our chosen profession, and that’s laudable. But where is the sisterhood? As first-generation immigrant women we have succeeded, but how do we secure the future, and enhance representation for our community as a whole? How do we work together to create a unified vision for South Asian women and converge on collective action that we can take to open doors and mentor the next generation?
Over the past three years, we have interviewed and talked to more than a thousand women; in the past three months the likes of the iconic Indra Nooyi, former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo; and in this issue the strong and resilient Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides.
As the Indian entertainment industry comes to grips with her passing, we look back at the beautiful legacy of Lata Mangeshkar
Runner, yoga-doer, mother and wife, serial glass-ceiling breaker Leena Nair is now the first ever woman of Indian origin to be leading Chanel, the brand that once changed the way women all…
Open Heart: In this unputdownable memoir, Akil Taher M.D. bares it all and talks about his journey in overcoming severe heart disease.
Anjali Sud’s move to make Vimeo public establishes her as one of the world’s most successful CEOs, and she’s inspiring a generation of women with it.