India has produced some fine geniuses in many different fields over the years. Whether it is Aryabhatta, one of the world’s greatest astronomer and mathematician or Sarojini Naidu, a freedom fighter and poet, who went on to become the first Indian women to be Indian National Congress’s President, India has never fallen short of leaders who paved the way towards a brighter future. Here we will know about some most influential women of India.
Women in India have always stood up and fought for their rights, regardless of the restrictions that were imposed upon them. Whether it was Rani of Jhansi, who led an entire army into battle or Indira Nooyi, the former CEO of PepsiCo, Indian women have been making their mark all around the world.
Let us come together and know some of the women who have brought change and broken stereotypes.
1. Nirupama Roy
64-year-old Nirupama Roy hails from Kerela. She currently serves as the Indian Foreign Service Officer. A former Indian Ambassador to the United States, Nirupama has also served 2 years as the Foreign Secretary of India. She was the first woman spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry and the second woman ever to head the Indian Foreign Service.
In her years of service, Nirmala has donned many hats and has handled every position with the integrity and respect it deserved.
2. Arundhati Bhattacharya
An Indian banker by profession, Arundhati was the first women to become the chairperson of the State Bank of India (SBI.) She was also featured on the Forbes Most Powerful Women’s list and one of the most influential woman of India.
3. Kalpana Chawla
Chawla was the first Indian woman to go into outer space. The celebration of their return quickly turned into mourning when the space shuttle disintegrated over Texas in 2003. This happened while the shuttle was trying to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere just hours before the completion of the mission. Unfortunately, none of the crew members survived.
4. Kiran Bedi
Kiran Bedi is the first women officer to have joined the Indian Police Force in 1972. A multi-talented social activist, Kiran hails from Amritsar. She was also an avid tennis player. Kiran is known for bringing down many women-related crimes in West Delhi when she was posted there. She also went on to become the first woman UN civilian police advisor.
5. Medha Patkar
Medha Patkar’s name is synonymous with the famous Narmada Bachao Andolan, which she founded. The movement was to help save the people and rivers of Gujurat. She has always been an active member of welfare movements all across India. In 2014, she fought the election on Aam Aadmi Party’s ticket.
These are just a few influential women of India who have made a difference in their respective fields. Indian women’s faces are a regular on Forbes most influential women and other prominent lists. Whether it is a homemaker or a full-time mother who loves to work, women are constantly enabling others or advancing themselves in their fields.
Whether we take Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone who are making their mark in Hollywood after dominating the Indian Film Industry, or we look at Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of PepsiCo, Indian women are here to stay.