On this women day, we will talk about brave and role models women around us. Year after year, bold, daring, bright, and motivated women from all across the country establish a name for themselves and roar’ success’ in various disciplines.
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With their impeccable track record of accomplishments, they make India proud. Even though other women are deserving of recognition in their fields of expertise, we have selected a few notable Indian women who have left an indelible mark on the globe.
Gita Gopinath is a Harvard economist who was the first Indian woman to be appointed Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund. She is the daughter of a farmer-entrepreneur and is originally from Kerala!. Ms Gopinath is also the co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s International Finance and Macroeconomics programme. Her extraordinary abilities and extensive experience make her an ideal candidate for the IMF.
This Indian boxer, from a tiny hamlet in Manipur, has become India’s favourite sportsperson after achieving success on several international stages. Mary made history when she won her sixth gold medal at the World Boxing Championships last year. This has propelled her to the coveted No. 1 spot in the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) most recent global rankings.
Flight Lieutenant Avani Chaturvedi, a young officer in the Indian Air Force, became the first Indian woman fighter pilot to solo fly the ‘MiG-21 Bison.’ The MiG-21 Bison has the world’s fastest take-off and landing speeds, clocking in at 340 kmph. Avani inspired many young women by making her mark in an area dominated by males.
Last year, Dhivya made history when named the first female CFO at General Motors. She was also included in Fortune Magazine’s list of 40 Under 40. Over her time at GM, she demonstrated her ability to lead during several transactions, including the Opel divestment, the Cruise acquisition, and the Lyft investment. She graduated from Harvard Business School with a master’s degree in business administration.
In 1978, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw founded her company. She is now placed 60th on Forbes’ list of the world’s most influential women and India’s richest self-made woman billionaire. She is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon Limited (one of India’s leading biotechnology/biopharmaceutical firms) and the Chairperson of the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. She is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, and the Government of India has honoured her with the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards for her contributions.
Komal is the leader of Uber’s Business Intelligence Team and is regarded as one of the world’s most significant female software engineers. Her staff ensures that consumers have a safe journey, that communication is accessible, and that fraud is avoided. Her remarkable climb at Uber earned her a position on Forbes’ list of the top 50 women in technology in the United States.
Vani returned to India in 2006 after 22 years as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, where she became active in the startup ecosystem when it was still in its infancy. Kalaari Capital is her company, and she is the founder and director. Kalaari Capital has risen to become India’s biggest investor in startups, with 55 investments and roughly 2000 proposals every year. As a mentor and enabler of startup firms in India, Vani has invested in businesses such as Zivame, Urban Ladder, Myntra, VIA, and Bluestone. She also received the NDTV Women of Worth award for business and entrepreneurial leadership achievement.
Neha gained a big feather in her crown when she was named to Forbes’ list of America’s Top 50 Women in Technology at 32. Confluent, a market leader in Apache Kafka technology, has named her as its CTO. LinkedIn, Netflix, and Uber are among the company’s notable clients.
All of these women and many more who aren’t recognised here have defied preconceptions and fought for their rights. They are role models for both men and women, having demonstrated exceptional devotion in their vocations.
Happy Women’s Day 2022 to All the women around us!