Co-founder of educational technology company Byju’s, Divya Gokulnath, has joined the Barbie trend by sharing photos of herself dressed up as the iconic doll on social media. The pictures, which have been widely shared, show Gokulnath wearing a pink outfit and blonde wig, alongside the caption “Life in plastic, it’s fantastic!”
Gokulnath’s move has been praised by many as a positive example of breaking gender stereotypes and encouraging girls to pursue careers in STEM fields. Byju’s, which provides online education materials to students across India and the Middle East, has a strong focus on encouraging female participation in these areas.
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In an interview with a leading publication, Gokulnath spoke about the importance of role models and representation in promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM fields. “If young girls see more women in these fields, they will be more likely to believe that they can do it too,” she said.
Gokulnath also emphasized the importance of education in breaking down gender barriers. “Education is key to empowering young girls and giving them the confidence to pursue their dreams,” she said. “At Byju’s, we are committed to providing high-quality educational resources to students of all backgrounds, and we are proud to support initiatives that promote gender equality in education and beyond.”
Moreover, the Barbie trend, which has gained popularity on social media in recent years, encourages people to dress up in outfits inspired by the iconic doll and share photos online. While some critics have argued that the trend reinforces gender stereotypes, also many supporters see it as a fun and empowering way to celebrate individuality and self-expression.
Gokulnath’s participation in the trend has been widely praised, with many people taking to social media to express their support. “It’s amazing to see such a successful woman breaking down barriers and encouraging girls to dream big,” one Twitter user wrote. “Thank you, Divya, for being such an inspiration!”