First generation women’s in higher education: powerful stories from grassroots

These women came from families with little or no educational background, and were often discouraged from pursuing higher education or entering the workforce. Despite these obstacles, first generation women persevered and paved the way for future generations of women to follow. They broke down barriers, challenged stereotypes, and showed that women can excel in any field they choose. On this women’s day witness these inspiring stories of first generation women’s who had overcome barriers that prevented them from pursuing higher education and professional careers.

First generation women’s in higher education: powerful stories from grassroots

1. Shubhangi Botare

 “I know the hardships one has to go through, having lived a major part of my life in a village, so I wish to make things better for my fellow girls”. 

Shubhangi Botare (Current masters student Azim Premji University, Bangalore)

See Shubhangi’s story in the image tiles below:

Shubhagis’s Insta story link here

2. Ekta Rathod

“I want prove to society that marriage is not the only option for girls”

Ekta Rathod (Current Gandhi Fellow, Piramal Foundation)

See Ektas story in the image tiles below:

3. Kiram Kurmawar

“My desire to know and learn never really reduced. I had always wanted to pursue MBA program in a foreign country”

Kiran Kurmanwar (MA Economics from Osmania University, & TII Fellow)

Kiran recently got admission offer for MBA program from University of Leeds. She is looking for financial support confirm her admission.

See Kiran’s story in the image tiles below:

4. Shital Sangewar

We, back in our village, did not know about any examinations except for a few government exams like MPSC and UPSC. And because of lack of quality education, the scope of employment opportunities also is very narrow. But after my big achievement, I see a little change in
the mind sets of people in my village. My friends are aiming at higher education and are wanting to study in big cities and that gives me immense pleasure.

Shital Sangewar (Current urban fellow at IIHS, Bangalore)

See Shital’s story in the image tiles below:

Shitals insta story

Stay tuned for upcoming stories in this series

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