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Compared to other fields, the number of women in engineering is significantly lower, because of the nature of activities. Students who do well academically join the top engineering colleges and there is no differentiation between male and female students in college. However, many women in engineering face a lot of problems after they graduate, as they find it difficult to find a job in non IT companies. However, most professionally run non-IT companies treat women at par.
However, if a woman starts a business, she faces a number of problems from her jealous classmates and batchmates. They spread the most malicious rumours possible, to ruin her reputation and force her to form a company with their friends and relatives who have no relevant experience. Even after two decades, though they have never met or even interacted with her, they will stick to their preconceived notions about her, and jump to blatantly incorrect conclusions about her business.
Companies like Google may institute awards for women in Engineering, but in reality the internet industry in India discriminates against single women entrepreneurs in a blatant and shameless manner. They refuse to acknowledge her as a customer, subject her to identity theft attempts and repeatedly humiliate her. Unlike the men in her batch who are very well networked, there are very few women in the same batch who will be in a position to help or support her. In some cases, the batchmates will try to pass off their girlfriend or relative as the entrepreneur, causing tremendous mental stress.