The International Women’s Day is observed 8 March ever year since 1900s to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all across the globe. The theme for this year’s women’s day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.”
Note:- The Post was written on 8 March 2016 on the eve of The International Women’s Day but we think it is very representative till date. So we have updated it.
On this women’s day we are giving here a list of 10 Amazing and Inspiring Indian women who made us all proud.
Top 10 Amazing and Inspiring Indian women who made us all proud
1. Rani Lakshmi Bai
Rani Lakshmi Bai famously known as Rani of Jhansi was one of the bravest leaders, who fought for India’s independence against the British Raj.
Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi (19 November 1828 – 18 June 1858), born as Manikarnika, was the queen of the Maratha-ruled Jhansi State, situated in the north-central part of India. She was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and became for Indian nationalists a symbol of resistance to the British Raj.
She was a symbol of woman manhood as the line says in her respect “Khoob ladi mardani wo to jhansi wali rani thi” (Bravely and relentlessly she fought like men).
2. Neerja Bhanot
Neerja Bhanot was a purser for Pan Am, based in Mumbai, India, who was shot and killed while saving passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on 5 September 1986.
Neerja was killed two days before her twenty-third birthday. Not only had she assured the failure of the hijacking by preventing the plane from getting off the ground, she also saved the lives of hostages in those long hours of incarceration. She hide the passports of American passengers from the Arabic speaking gunmen, giving them a chance to escape the homicidal wrath of the intruders
Posthumously, she became the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime military award for bravery, the Ashok Chakra.
3. Indra Nooyi
Indian American business executive Indra Nooyi,was born in India, is the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, which is the second largest food and beverage business in the world by net revenue. Indra Nooyi is on the No.4 position on the Forbes magazine`s annual survey of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
4. Sunita Williams
Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams born as Sunita Pandya Krishna to Indian parents in Massachusetts, has set a record for longest space flight by a woman. Apart from this, She holds the records for total spacewalks by a woman (seven) and most spacewalk time for a woman (50 hours, 40 minutes). Sunita William was awarded the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vishwa Pratibha Award by the World Gujarati Society,thus becoming the first person of Indian descent who was not an Indian citizen to be presented the award.
5. Bachendri Pal
Bachendri Pal is an Mountaineer who became the first Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1984.Bachendri Pal belonged to a family of very moderate means. She was born on 24 May 1954 in a village in the Himalayas named Nakuri in Uttarkashi, District of Garhwal, now Uttarakhand, a state in the northern part of India. As a young girl she went on to become the first woman to graduate in her village. She is also current one of the promoters of adventure in India and is a role model for many mountain climbers and people who wants to reach the summit of mount Everest. Bachendri Pal proved that a woman can excel in any field given she has willpower.
6. Kalpana Chawla
Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997, as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. chawla the First Indian woman in space died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster which occurred in 2003 .Her story encouraged many young women back in India to follow her path and is the idol of many young girls.
7. Kiran Bedi
Kiran Bedi is truly an icon of heroism. She is the first Indian woman to join the Indian Police Services thus setting an example for other women .Kiran bedi is an Indian Politician and a retired Police officer who was born in Amritsar on 9 June 1949.She founded two NGO’s namely the Navjyoti Delhi Police Foundation for welfare and preventative policing in 1988 and the India Vision Foundation for prison reformation, drug abuse prevention and child welfare in 1994. Kiran Bedi has been awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay award in 1994 for Government service.
8. Mary Kom
Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom (born 1 March 1983), known simply as Mary Kom,is a boxer from the Sino-Tibetan speaking Kom tribe in Manipur, representing India. She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.Nicknamed “Magnificent Mary”, she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51 kg) category and winning the bronze medal.She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women’s Ranking Flyweight category.She became the first Indian woman boxer to get a Gold Medal in the Asian Games in 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.Mary Kom is supported by Olympic Gold Quest.
9 . P.T Usha
Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha (born 27 June 1964), popularly known as P. T. Usha, is an Indian track and field athlete from the state of Kerala. P. T. Usha has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979. She is regarded as one of the greatest athletes India has ever produced and is often called the “queen of Indian track and field”.She is nicknamed the Payyoli Express. P.T Usha, who represented India in the 10th Asian Games held at Seoul in 1986, won 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal in the track and field events. She also became the first Indian women to reach the final of an Olympic event by winning her 400m hurdles semi-final. Currently she runs the Usha School of Athletics at Koyilandy in Kerala. P. T. Usha was born in the village of Payyoli, Kozhikode District, Kerala.
10. Shakuntala Devi
Shakuntala Devi (4 November 1929 – 21 April 2013) was an Indian writer and mental calculator, popularly known as the “human computer”.A child prodigy, her talent earned her a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.
As a writer, Devi wrote a number of books, including novels as well as texts about mathematics, puzzles, and astrology. She wrote the book, “The World of Homosexuals”, which is considered the first study of homosexuality in India. She treated homosexuality in an understanding light and is considered a pioneer in the field.