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10 Inspiring Indian Women Who Made Us All Proud

KavishalaKavishala June 16, 2020
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10 Inspiring Indian Women Who Made Us All Proud | Young India

Growing up as a woman in a world where women are often considered subordinate to men is tough. To make life easy we often tend to have role models, people whom we look up to, people who inspire us to keep pushing our limits and live life the way we want. Here we bring you a list of 10 kick-ass women who have done some really awesome work. This list is not really in any particular order because, after all, we can’t rate peoples’ greatness!

  • Shradha Sharma: Shradha Sharma is the founder, CEO and chief editor of YourStory, a media technology platform for entrepreneurs. Before starting YourStory in 2008, Sharma served as an assistant vice president at CNBC TV18 and also a brand adviser at The Times of India.
  • Atishi Marlena: Atishi Marlena is an Indian politician, educator, political activist and MLA from Delhi. She is a member of the Political Affairs Committee of Aam Aadmi Party. She served as Advisor to the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, primarily on education, from July 2015 to 17 April 2018, when she was sacked by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for holding an unapproved designation.
  • Swati Maliwal: Swati Maliwal is an Indian activist and politician. She is the current Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women. Maliwal started her first term as Chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women in July 2015. At the time, she was the Aam Aadmi Party leader. Her tenure in the position was extended another three years in July 2018. She is the youngest person to hold the role of commissioner for women. In 2018, she went on a 10-day hunger strike which started on April 13. She had several demands, including the passage of an ordinance requiring the death penalty for individuals who rape children under age 12, recruiting police under United Nations standards and demanding accountability of the police. Maliwal sent her demands to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Her strike took place during a series of protests surrounding two alleged rapes of girls ages 16 and 8. Members of an organization, Rape Roko (Stop Rape) were supportive of Maliwal.
  • Priyanka Shukla: Doctor-turned IAS officer and Collector of Chhattisgarh’s Jashpur district, Dr Priyanka Shukla has initiated a unique move that ensures employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to women in the tribal-dominated region, and provides fresh food to children at schools for their midday meals. An initiative launched by Priyanka Shukla has helped the district go from poor performer to top achiever in Class X and XII Board exams! In the mineral-rich districts of Chhattisgarh, predominantly inhabited by tribal communities, one often hears tales of exploitation and violence. The actors in these tales are government officials and insurgents or non-state actors. She started an initiative called ‘Yashaswi Jashpur’ (Successful Jashpur) in July 2016 under its Mission Sankalp to further quality education across higher secondary and high schools. She has won 8 national awards till now! She was topper of her batch in Phase 1, District Training, Phase 2 and also very recently in Phase 3 at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration
“Being a lady collector, it has always been my dream to see each girl of Jashpur stand on her own feet. Given their special circumstances, I was very keen to see this happen as soon as possible so that apart from being self-sufficient, they can be an inspiration for all the girls of the district. In fact, that was the thought behind finalising the name of the ‘Beti Zindabad Bakery’,” Priyanka Shukla

  • Tahira Kashyap: Tahira Kashyap is an Indian Writer, Professor, and Theatre Director. She is the wife of well known Bollywood Actor, Ayushmann Khurrana. Tahira Kashyap was diagnosed with Stage 0 breast cancer. Tahira has been open about her struggle with cancer. She has in fact documented her journey of battling cancer on social media.

  • Richa Anirudh: Richa Anirudh is an Indian journalist, RJ, talk show host, author, and an editor. She is one of the most popular faces of Indian television.

  • Nidhi Bisht: Nidhi Bisht is an Indian casting director filmmaker, lawyer and actress and writer. She is one of the earliest members of The Viral Fever. Bisht was a student of Jamia Millia Islamia. She pursued LLB degree from there. Later she began working as an associate at Singh and Singh Associates which is an intellectual property rights law firm. She practiced law at Delhi High Court more than a year. Later she gave up her job and decided to build her career in the entertainment arena. She joined The Viral Fever in 2013. She is lone non IIT graduate in The Viral Fever.
  • Taapsee Pannu: Taapsee Pannu is an Indian actress who works primarily in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films. Pannu made her acting debut with the 2010 Telugu film Jhummandi Naadam and then starred in the 2011 films Aadukalam, Vastadu Naa Raju and Mr. Perfect.

  • Ekta Kapoor: Ekta Kapoor is an Indian television producer, film producer, director, joint managing director and the creative head of Balaji Telefilms. She was awarded Padma Shri in 2020, the fourth highest civilian award in India. Ekta Kapoor is the daughter of actors Jeetendra and Shobha Kapoor. Her younger brother Tusshar Kapoor is also a Bollywood actor.She went to school at Bombay Scottish School, Mahim and attended college at Mithibai College. She had a son named Ravie Kapoor on 27 January 2019 via surrogacy.

  • Sairee Chahal: Sairee Chahal is the Founder, CEO of SHEROES – a community platform for women, offering support, resources, opportunities and interactions via Sheroes.com and the SHEROES App. Sairee is credited with building up women at work and future-of-work conversations in India, besides building a strong technology play to solve the problems of gender disparity in India. A technology entrepreneur, Sairee has straddled the best of both worlds in her ventures Newslink, Fleximoms and now SHEROES. Her community-meets-deep technology approach has made SHEROES a globally formidable platform, changing the game for women and their aspirations. Over a million women have been directly benefited, and under Sairee’s leadership, SHEROES aims to impact over 100 million women in the next five years.

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