Gone are the days when women were confined within the walls of a kitchen. Today, in every sector, women are coming out of the shadows, transcending barriers, breaking stereotypes to achieve inspiring feats. On March 8th of every year, we celebrate Women’s Day to show our gratitude to all the special women in our lives. On this International Women’s Day 2017, let’s applaud the most inspiring women in India who have made us proud.
Women Achievers: Women’s Day 2017
The Olympic Glory
At Rio Olympics 2016, three Indian women proved that nothing is unachievable when you have the staunch determination and the right guiding force. P V Sindhu did what many thought was impossible. She united the country behind a game which was not cricket and went on to win the silver medal in Badminton.
Next up is Sakshi Malik. Hailing from Rohtak, Haryana, she beat all stereotypes by choosing wresting as her career and went on to make the nation proud by clinching the bronze medal in the 58kg wrestling category.
Though she didn’t win a medal, Dipa Karmakar achieved an unbelievable feat by attempting and nailing the ‘Produnova’, the most difficult vault in gymnastics. Only five women have successfully attempted the move.
Sky is not the limit
They said Science and Math is not a woman’s playground. Well, this myth got debunked by the brave and daring women at the ISRO. Effectively involved in spearheading India’s multiple space missions, these women show us that handling both work and home is doable. Minal Sampath, Anuradha TK, Ritu Karidhal, Moumita Dutta, Nandini Harinath, Kriti Faujdar and N Valarmathi are the achievers from ISRO.
These three women have proved that despite gender inequalities and other barriers, women can handle and excel in the business world. Arundhati Bhattacharya is a force to be reckoned with as she is the first lady Chairperson to lead the State Bank of India. From battling the bank’s mounting bad loans to helping the bank move digital, she is instrumental in pushing the bank to the modern world.
Chanda Kochhar is another inspirational woman from the Banking industry who has pushed ICICI Bank as its Chief Executive Offer to the retail lending sphere.
Another achiever who deserves to be acknowledged this Women’s Day is the founder of Biocon, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw. She has transformed the business into India’s largest publicly traded biopharmaceutical company.
Driving up a storm
From India’s first firefighter Harshini Kanhekar, first woman auto-driver in multiple cities to operating the first metro in Chennai, these inspiring ladies have proved all those who said women can’t drive, completely wrong and are a true inspiration this Women’s Day 2017.
Age is just a number
Meenakshi Amma, from the state of Kerala, proved just that. She is the 74-year-old, sari-clad Kalaripayattu warrior who has been performing the ancient Indian martial arts with tenacity and grace for all these years. She was also the Padma Shri winner of 2016.
This Women’s Day 2017, acknowledge these exceptionally brave and powerful women who have been an inspiration to every single woman in our country to achieve your dreams, no matter what stands in front of you.