In 2015, India Today writer Gayatri Jayaraman tackled the subject in the article "The senior, most awarded and most respected of Indian women scientists quietly take on a strident sexism - in the lab and outside." Writer Anushay Hossain writes in her blog that on the contrary, the problem is not just a quiet one. Studies have suggested that the sexism in STEM fields in India is not so secret. In 2004, the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) found that women held over a third of all science degrees in the country, but made up just 15-20% of tenured faculty. In 2009, women made up 40% of STEM graduate programs, but the numbers are not translating to actual jobs or positions of power for women.
Jayaraman's exhaustive article goes into the experiences of Indian woman scientists on a deeper, more personal level. The article quotes prominent woman scientists, such as an unnamed woman scientist, a foremost member of the STEM community and winner of the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) prize, who says, "There is no Indian woman scientist who does not face it. But unlike men, women don't have a critical mass of scientists. So the backlash is vindictive." She recounts an incident where a male colleague asked her to fetch tea, and when she objected, he replied, "What is there to be upset about? I will get you tea instead." A reminder of her place in the lab, but also that as a woman, that she was "oversensitive." Shubha Tole, a neuroscientist at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) recalls meetings where she wasn't allowed to finish her sentences. "A colleague quipped that I was in the difficult position of having well thought-out opinions, the guts to voice them, but no Y chromosome," she says.