Top 10 India's Most Inspiring Women

Date : 7-March,2019|Read: 5 minsLast Updated : 1-August,2020

Before we start, happy women's day to all the lovely women reading this!

As we all know, international women's day is observed on the 8th of March every year with different themes and issues to focus on. That told, this year women's day special is all about #EachforEqual

The history of women's day has the involvement of issues where women raised their voices to fight for what is right. In the early to mid 20th century, when they were getting demeaned for their stereotypical policies, which made women stay at home and further made them question their ignorant governments. This act led to a widespread protest of various women groups against their negligence.

Today we see many women doing the same. With the right support and empowerment, women are capable of achieving anything in this world. To celebrate the determination and courage of women, here we are with a list of India's most inspiring women on this women's day 2020, who reached the heights of victory in taking up a revolutionary stride this century.

1. Indra Nooyi
2. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
3. Seema Rao
4. Kiran Bedi
5. Smita Sabharwal
6. Smriti Mandhana
7. Mary Kom
8. Arunima Sinha
9. Saalumarada Thimmakka
10. Lakshmi Agarwal

1. Indra Nooyi:

This Indian-American Businesswoman has set an astonishing example from being a product manager at Johnson & Johnson to being a CEO at Pepsico, which is among the top 10 FMCG companies in the world and now serving as one of the Board of Directors at Amazon. Her main objective is to mentor and guide women across the globe to get them to powerful positions. She is the best example of this saying, "A woman for another woman."

2. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw:

A successful technophile recognized on the global level, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, India's richest self-made woman is the founder of India's largest biopharmaceutical firm Biocon. She is also the chairperson of IIM Bengaluru. Biocon at her helm has reached greater heights every day, and she continues to inspire the woman entrepreneurs of today.

3. Seema Rao:

Seema Rao is India's first Woman Commando Trainer, and for many of her contributions in the field of defence, she is also known as India's Wonder Women. She belongs to a freedom fighter's family, which explains her zeal towards serving the Nation. She was awarded the highest civilian award for the women "Nari Shakti Puraskar" for her dedicated service in the betterment of the defence cadets.

4. Kiran Bedi

She is the first woman IPS officer of India and also a social activist who takes a stand for what is right. During her tenure of serving as an IPS officer, she went on to serve a variety of roles, including narcotics officer, antiterrorist specialist, and administrator. She emphasizes and supports women to be in a position and mindset of facing challenges and doing what is right for them. She is a legend, and we should surely take notes from her life story.

5. Smita Sabharwal:

She is the first youngest aspirant to clear the UPSC exam in Telangana, also the first lady IAS officer to be appointed at the chief minister's office and popularly called as the 'People's officer.' She has been rewarded and recognized for her work throughout her career. With her speeches and public talks, she tries to motivate women for active participation in productive work and practical issues of society.

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6. Smriti Mandhana:

Born into a cricket lover's family, this left-handed opener of the Indian team, Smriti Shriniwas Mandhana, originating from Mumbai, was also named as International Women Cricketer of the year 2019. She has excelled in reaching 2000 runs in her 51 ODIs, which broke the records of well-known male cricketers. She is also an Arjuna awardee. She has not only brought glory to the country but also paved a way towards women empowerment by becoming an example to many aspirants.

7. Mary Kom:

Who doesn't know about this five-time world boxing champion? Mary Kom's rise to the top of women's world boxing is anything but an easy one. Mary Kom, the lady with fire in her soul and support of her family, has magnificently been known as magnificent Mary. She holds most of the World Championship medals. Mary Kom is also a member of Rajya Sabha, nominated by the president of India as well as an active supporter of wildlife protection.

8. Arunima Sinha:

She is an Indian Mountain climber and a sportsperson who overcome the battles of her body's disability with her passion for reaching the heights of success. She is the world's first female amputee to climb Mount Everest in 2013 and has again set another record by climbing Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica. She never let her disabilities define her. She made ends meet for which the Nation sees her with respect.

9. Saalumarada Thimmakka:

Padmashri Awardee Shri Saalumarada Thimmakka is truly a gem of a person and an idol of every environmentalist today due to her love for the environment. She is an Indian environmentalist who is well-known for her efforts to plant 284 banyan trees on a stretch of 4 km along the highway. These selfless works have fetched her recognition at a global level. She has taught us how one's hard work and patience can make a huge difference in society.

10. Lakshmi Agarwal:

An acid attack survivor who is inspiring millions of women in India to fight for their dreams. Laxmi Agarwal is also the director of an NGO named" Chhanv Foundation," which helps the victims of the acid attacks. She motivates women by saying that more than just the face, your dreams and desires will help you achieve your goals in life.

There is no limit to what women can achieve in this world from a homemaker to being the architect, which results in the change in society. Women are emerging and breaking stereotypes to be at par with men in most of the fields today.

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