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Inspirational Indian women are shaping the future

By : Inspirational Indian women are shaping the future

March 06, 2022

Women across the globe have made their mark in every field that they have entered. From politicians to entrepreneurs, women have been trailblazers for society. Indian women, similarly, have planted their footprints in diverse fields locally as well as globally. They are icons of women empowerment and inspire others to break free from the societal stigmas and pursue their dreams.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Breaking the Bias’. Let us look at women who are truly shattering stereotypes and leading future generations.

  1. Maya Vishwakarma

Popularly known as the ‘Pad Woman of India’, Maya Vishwakarma is working tirelessly towards breaking the stigma around menstruation and addressing the inaccessibility of sanitary napkins in rural parts of India. She is also helping provide reasonable sanitary pads in remote areas of the country. Her personal experiences have inspired her to take on the issue and spread awareness on female hygiene and sanitation.

  1. Muthayya Vanitha and Ritu Karidhal

Project Director on Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO’s) project – Chandrayan 2, Muthayya Vanitha worked alongside a team that constituted 30%  women.

Ritu Karidhal was the Mission Director on the same project. The two women played pivotal roles towards the successful launch of the mission and have inspired women to reach for the skies.

  1. Tessy Thomas

‘Agniputri’ or daughter of fire, Tessy Thomas is an inspiration to girls who wish to work in the defence sector. She played a crucial role in various strategic projects such as – Long Range Ballistic Missiles, Agni IV and Agni V.

The first woman to lead Indian Missile projects, she is also referred to as the ‘Missile Woman of India’. She is the first Director of the Missile Laboratory of Defence Research and Development Organization, Hyderabad.  

  1. Siddhi Karnani

Co-founder of Parvata Food Pvt. Ltd, Siddhi Karnani is dedicated towards producing organic products for the public market. An alumnus of IIM-Ahmedabad, she has been actively working towards uplifting the economic condition of farmers, especially from North-Eastern and Eastern parts of India. Her organization has received FICCI Millennium Alliance Award in 2016, National Agropreneurs Award and Indian Agri Business Excellence Award in 2017.

  1. Upasana Taku

With a vision of making digital payments easier in India, Upasana Taku launched MobiKwik - a digital payment platform that became a part of the revolution towards Digital India. She has been felicitated with the title ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM).

  1. Chetna Sinha

Chetna Sinha, the Head of Mann Deshi Mahila Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation, is doing incredible work for the empowerment of rural women. The vision of her bank is to function as a community and to create a supportive atmosphere where women from remote areas are encouraged to grow. She has been felicitated with numerous awards such as – Entrepreneurship Development Award, Rani Laxmiibai Puraskar and Godfrey Phillips Bravery Amodini Award amongst others.

  1. Selvi Gowada

The journey from being an abused child bride to the first female taxi driver in India had not been easy for Selvi Gowada. She broke free from the chains of an abusive marriage and became a taxi driver in 2004. Since then, she has starred as the protagonist in the documentary – ‘Driving with Selvi’ and has opened up the world of taxi service to women.

  1. Arunima Sinha

A beacon of strength and determination, Arunima Sinha has inspired people across the globe with her success story. In 2011, she was thrown-off a moving train which resulted in amputation of her left leg. Being a sportsperson from an early age, Arunima was determined to conquer the highest peak – Mt. Everest and she was indeed successful to do so in 2013. That was the beginning for her conquest. Apart from Everest, she has successfully climbed – Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Europe, Kosciuszko in Australia and Aconcagua in Argentina.