More women should embrace STEM education, have access to the internet: Nykaa CEO

More women accessing the internet and embracing technology resources and STEM education will help strengthen their participation in the country’s workforce and entrepreneurial ecosystem, founder and CEO Falguni Nayar said Friday. Speaking at Ficci’s annual convention and the 94th AGM, Nayar said there are many examples of successful Indians in top management and corporate roles, including in global CEO positions, around the world.

“Let there be equal opportunities for women. I think Indians have done a really good job, we as a country have put a lot of emphasis on education, STEM education, higher education and I think that is reflected everywhere in global number management, but I would like equal opportunities for women and acceptance of the fact that to them their dreams are important, career is important and what they want to pursue should enable family,” she said.

She added that while the number of women opting for STEM education is growing, the number has yet to rise and that it is important for women to have access to smartphones, the Internet and technology.

Nayar had become an entrepreneur at Nykaa in 2012 and turned billionaire after the beauty e-commerce platform made an amazing debut on the exchanges.

She said it is important for women to have access to family money to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions.

“India has made a lot of progress … now give them (women) the right to dream that is very important and give them the freedom and part of the work … they should be able to bet on their business with the help of family resources. Of course institutional resources are needed, but I also think it’s important that the family makes women feel stronger,” she said.