Twenty-year-old, former sponsored child Sneha is a first-generation college graduate who lives with her parents, two brothers, and grandfather in a rented house in Mumbai. Her father, Umashankar, is the breadwinner of the family and has a small business repairing telephones and cameras, and her mother Sangeeta is a homemaker.
From being a shy and quiet girl, Sneha is now a go-getter with a commanding voice and an endearing personality. She is quick to engage in conversation and not afraid of voicing her opinions or tackling challenges that get in her way. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in 2021, Sneha has recently joined the workforce in a reputed software company.
According to recent research, the number of women studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects has increased over the years. Interestingly, women make up nearly 43% of the total graduates in STEM in India – one of the highest in the world – but their share in STEM jobs is barely 14%, reports The Print.
By taking up a career in STEM, which is traditionally male-dominated, Sneha is breaking several barriers that girls in her hometown of Uttar Pradesh can only dream of; including pushing off marriage until she can stand on her own feet.