20 women who made India Proud

The Indian society has always been biased with women and our society has been underestimating their strength. Although they are considered to be weaker in terms of physical strength, but time to time they proved themselves with their will power and courage. At every point they have proved their power, making India proud. Be it during the freedom struggle or in sports, in corporate world or fighting for their rights. In every field, the women folk have made the country proud with their achievements. Here is a list of 20 women who made the country proud with their achievements:

Women of India

1. Indra Nooyi: Indra Nooyi, the CEO and the present Chairman of PepsiCo, the 2nd largest beverage and Food Company of the World as per the net revenue, is an Indian. She has always been ranked among the most powerful women. She was born in Tamil Nadu in the year 1955 and joined PepsiCo in the year 1994. She became the CFO and President of the Company in the year 2001, directing the global strategy of the company for more than a decade and led PepsiCo’s restructuring, including the 1997 divestiture of its restaurants into Tricon, which is now known as Yum! Brands. She has been ranked 4th in the Forbes Magazine since 2008. She has definitely made our country proud with her achievements.

2. Kalpana Chawala: Every Indian knows about Kalpana Chawla, who is the first Indian-born woman to step in Space. She was born in the year 1962 in Karnal, Haryana. She joined NASA Ames Research Center as Vice President of Overset Methods, Inc. in the year 1988, where she did Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) research on Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing concepts. She made us proud with her achievement as the 1st Indian Women to step in moon. But, unfortunately she was one of the 7 crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in the year 2003.

3. Amrita Sher-Gil: Born in the year 1913, is even today the most expensive woman painter of the country. She was born in the state of Punjab to a Sikh father and Hungarian Jewish mother. She was an eminent artist of the 20th century and her legacy stands at par with that of the Masters of Bengal Renaissance. Even though, she was born in Budapest, Hungary; came to India in the year 1921. She started painting since the age of 8 and has created a revolution in the country with her world-class paintings, making us proud. She died in the year 1941 after suffering from some serious illness.

4. Anna Mani: An Indian women physicist and meteorologist, who worked under Prof CV Raman, Anna Mani retired as Deputy Director General of the Indian Meteorological Department. She was born in the year 1918 at Travancore in the state of Kerala and is known for her remarkable contribution in the field of meteorological instrumentation. It is hard to believe that even in that point of time when Indian society was more conservative and women were confined within the four walls of the homes, this lady carried out research and published numerous papers on solar radiation, ozone and wind energy measurements. At the age of 82 in 2001, she breathed her last.

5. Chhavi Rajawat: Chavvi Rajawat is the first woman Sarpanch in India, who has an MBA degree to her credit. She was working in one of the top-most telecom firm and left her job to help the people of a village named Soda, which is about 60 km from Jaipur. Her dedication in working for the development of the village and its people is worth appreciation. She implemented several projects such as rain water harvesting, toilets facilities etc. She has definitely set an example for many Indian women, who have the desire to work for the development of the country and its people. She is a woman of substance, making our country proud.

6. Sita Sahu: Many of us might have hardly heard the name of Sita Sahu. She is the one who won 2 bronze medals for each 200 and 1600 meter race at the 2011 Special Olympics in Athens, when she was only just 15 years old. She made the country proud with her performance in the Special Olympics. She hails from the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. But, unfortunately, this gem of India today sells Pani Puri in the streets.

7. Saina Nehwal: Saina Nehwal, the badminton champion of India, who has fetched several medals in International matches. She has made our country pride with her unsurpassed performance. She is the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships and the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament. She also won the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier and performed remarkably in the Olympics by representing India. She is a woman who is worth saluting for her contribution in the field of sports.

8. Chanda Kochhar: Chanda Kochhar, who is the recipient of Padma Bhushan award has made us power, by proving that even women can hold a position of power. She is the managing director and CEO of ICICI Bank, which is the country’s largest private bank and has managed to acquire the position among top 10 powerful women of the World in the Forbes Magazine, 2010. She was born at Jodhpur in the year 1961 and has won several awards to her credit. “Retail Banker of the Year 2004 (Asia-Pacific region)” by the Asian Banker, “Business Woman of the Year 2005” by The Economic Times and “Rising Star Award” for Global Awards 2006 by Retail Banker International. She is a symbol of women power and is an inspiration for many young women of the country.

9. Jhumpa Lahiri: Indian women are not behind in any field and Jhumpa Lahiri, the Indian American author, has proved it. She is the winner of most prestigious prize in the field of literature, the Pulitzer Prize in the year 2000. She has her origin in India and was born in London to a Bengali family. She is a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama and her recent book, The Lowland was nominated for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction. She is the author of the famous book Namesake, which became New York Magazine Book of the Year.

10. Sunita Williams: After Kalpana Chawla, Sunita Williams, who is American former astronaut and United States Navy officer has her origins in this vast and diverse country, India. She has to her credit for longest single space flight by a woman, total spacewalks by a woman and most spacewalk time for a woman. She was born in Euclid, Ohio, U.S in 1965 to Indian American neuroanatomist.

11. Kiran Bedi: Kiran Bedi, the first woman IPS officer of country, is an inspiration to many young ladies of the country. She was born in the year 1949 at Amritsar in the state of Punjab and with her work; she has always made the people of our country proud. She was first posted at Chankyapuri Division in Delhi, in the year 1972 and the first woman to lead the all-male contingent of the Delhi Police at the Republic Day Parade of 1975. She is definitely a woman of substance and grace, who has been nick named Crane Bedi.

12. Bachendri Pal: The first Indian Women to reach the summit of the World’s highest mountain peak, The Mount Everest; Bachenderi Pal has definitely made everyone of us proud with her achievement. She was born in a village in Uttarakhand and was the first woman to graduate in her village. She had set a benchmark for all mountaineers by getting listed in Guinness Book of World Records as the first woman of the country to conquer the highest mountain range of the World.

13. Sapper Shanti Tigga: The first woman of the nation to become a jawan in the Indian Army, Sapper Shanti Tigga is 35 years old and a mother of 2 children, joined the 969 Railway Engineer Regiment of Territorial Army in 2011. She has yet again proved the power of women of our country. She was kidnapped by some unknown people and was later found dead. She is still an inspiration for many young girls for her courage and will power to serve her motherland. However, the reason for her death is still unclear.

14. P.T. Usha: Wining 101 international medals for the country, P.T. Usha is a name that every Indian knows; who is considered as one of the greatest athletes the country has ever produced. She is the first woman of the country to participate in the Olympics and reach the final event of this International Sports competition. She was born in the year 1964 in the state of Kerala and in 1976 she represented her district in the state’s sports. In the year 1979, she participated in the National School Games and since then she never had to look back. She has been conferred with Arjuna Award and Padma Shri for her contribution in the field of sports. She has inspired many young girls of the country to join sports.

15. Arundhati Roy: The winner of Man Booker Prize for the book The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy has brought fame to the literary world of the country. She is involved in human rights and environmental causes and she is also popular as a social activist besides being a great author. Her first novel was the biggest-selling book by a non-expatriate Indian author.

16. Marry Kom: MC Mary Kom is an Indian woman boxer, who is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion. She is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. She comes from a small state, Manipur, which is tucked away in the North-Eastern corner of the state. With endless struggle, she is the first and the only woman of our country to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics. She is also the 1st Indian woman boxer of India to have won Gold Medal in Asian Games in the year 2014, which was held in South Korea. She has definitely made us proud with her achievements.

17. Neelam Dhawan: Neelam Dhawan has been serving as the Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard India, which is popularly known as HP, an IT company that operates worldwide since 2008. She is a software engineer, having a portfolio of research and IT services. Prior to joining HP India, she was the MD of Microsoft Corporation (India) Pvt. Ltd and Vice President of the Customer Solutions Group at HP and served at Compaq and IBM as well. She is the first Indian woman to become the MD of HP India, which is sure to motivate the young girls of the country to fulfill their dreams. She has definitely made us proud with her achievements.

18. Arundhati Bhattacharya: The first woman chairman of the State Bank of India (SBI), Arundhati Bhattacharya was listed among 36 powerful women in the world by Forbes Magazine in the year 2014. She was born in the year 1956 in the city of Kolkata and joined SBI as probationary officer when she was 22 years old. With her hard work and perseverance, today she has become the Chairman of one of the largest National Banks of India.

19. Durga Shakti Nagpal: Hardly anyone knew about Durga Shakti Nagpal until she launched the anti-corruption campaign in Gautam Budh Nagar. She is an IAS officer in the UP cadre and was suspended by UP government. She was accused of demolishing a wall of an illegally constructed mosque in Greater Noida. Her courage is worth appreciation and represents the strength of women. Her suspension was revoked after a protest by the media as well as public together. She is now serving as the joint magistrate of Kanpur. She has proved that women can change the world with their will power and courage.

20. Lata Mangeshkar : The Night of India, Lata Mangeshkar has made our country proud with her melodious singing. She holds a record in the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ for having made the most recordings in the world. Her singing has mesmerized people of the world, who started acting in musical plays at the age of 5 and never looked back. She is the 2nd vocalist to have received the highest Civilian Award of India, The Bharat Ratna.

There are several women across the nation who has proved their courage and worth at some point of time. Indian mothers are not to be forgotten. Although women have proved their worth outside homes but the women who sits inside home taking care of their families, are worth appreciation. Every mother of the country deserves a standing ovation and they are definitely greater achievers whom we cannot miss out.

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