There is magic where there is a woman, I wholeheartedly agree with this saying. The current scenario has brought to light both the importance of women’s contributions and the disproportionate obligations they bear, as well as the responsibility women, have to work or stand by it, changing the stroke in all of our society’s arrears. The questions are why is women’s leadership so underappreciated? Why are their potential and power being stifled? So, to address these questions cautiously, we find women on the front lines everywhere.
Indian women’s history is littered with pioneers who broke down gender barriers and fought for their rights in fields like politics, the arts, science, and law. Let us commemorate the many ‘firsts’ that an Indian lady has accomplished.
Indian women’s history is littered with pioneers who broke down gender barriers and fought for their rights in fields like politics, arts, science, and law. Let us honour the “first” Indian woman by remembering the first time an Indian woman accomplished something.
Empowered and successful women of India
1. Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi
In the year 1887, Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi became the first Indian female physician. She was also the first Indian woman to receive Western medical training and the first Indian woman to visit America. India is glad to have such women.
2. Vandana Luthra (the founder of VLCC)
She is an Indian businesswoman, philanthropist, and the chairperson of the Beauty and Wellness Sector Ability Council (B&WSSC). Vandana Luthra established a wellness facility named VLCC in 1989. This accomplishment, however, did not come easily.
There were very few women entrepreneurs in India when Vandana began her entrepreneurial adventure. In a male-dominated society, she had to deal with a lot of criticism. But she persisted in her opinion that her notion was unique and uncommon and that it had been introduced in India. She was named Women Entrepreneur of the Year by Enterprise Asia in 2010.
3. Aditi Gupta (Founder of Menstrupedia)
Aditi Gupta is the co-founder of Menstrupedia, a platform dedicated to eradicating the stigma associated with menstruation. Her own experience with the so-called “taboo” of menstruation inspired her to start this business. Menstruation was a horrible period for her, and she had to go through it without any help to ease the pain.
She then discovered that horrible menstruation pains were the narrative of every woman. Aditi came from a strict middle-class home where taboos were instilled in her from a young age, yet she was brave enough to break the cycle of silence on periods. Her dedication is admirable, and her journey is much more so.
4. Richa Kar (Co-founder of Zivame)
Richa Kar is the founder of Zivame, an online lingerie boutique that has been quite successful. She tracked the online sales of Victoria’s Secret, America’s leading retailer of women’s lingerie while working in the SAP department. She realized that sales and earnings had exceeded expectations, yet there was no brand for Indian women.
In a conservative country like India, this is a risky proposition because the majority of customers in such stores are men. Women could also expect no fitting or styling advice from places like these. Richa launched the company in 2011 with all of these challenges in mind.
Richa gave her concept the name “Ziva,” which means “radiance” in Hebrew. She landed on Zivame, which means Radiant Me because that name was not available.
5. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (Founder of Biocon Limited)
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, an Indian woman entrepreneur who managed Biocon India Group as chairman and managing director, a pioneering enterprise that used India’s native scientific ability to produce clinical research discoveries.
In 1975, Kiran returned to India after learning about breweries in Melbourne. However, she was unable to find work in India because she was told that she was unable to work in the country.
6. Sairee Chahal (Founder & CEO of SHEROES)
Sairee Chahal founded the platform SHEROES with the goal of assisting women in getting more out of life—from careers and employment to health, family life, and overall happiness. She grew up in a tiny town and was well aware of the limits that women face. She continued her schooling and worked side by side once she moved out of her house and quickly became a job creator for the less fortunate.
7. Upasana Taku (Founder of Mobikwik)
Upasana is the founder of Mobikwik, a wallet substitute that is simple to use. People say no when you start anything new because the environment does not readily embrace you. Though the notion appears to be relatable, the market was slow to accept it. Upasana, on the other hand, was cool enough to turn her notion into a business.
Her gender was one of the most significant barriers she had to overcome. She remarked that a woman in charge of finances was disturbing. And it’s for this reason that she talks about the courage that a woman needs when she’s in charge.
8. Sugandha Agarwal (Founder of Docttocare)
Didn’t we all resort to the internet for answers to our healthcare questions as the crisis loomed? It took a pandemic for us to grasp the value of telehealth, but Sugandha Agarwal, a young entrepreneur, saw it coming years ago. She founded Docttocare, an online healthcare service that informs customers about the top doctors, clinics, hospitals, and diagnostic labs in their area.
The doctorate has gradually gained the trust of doctors and patients alike. All of the major hospitals, including Apollo, Manipal, and Medanta, have enrolled the company. A doctorate is presently getting roughly 300+ appointments each day, and it has performed over 4000 medical tests. It has 500 clinics, 100 hospitals, and 2000 doctors registered.
9. Ankita Gaba (Founder of Social Samosa)
Ankita Gaba is a co-founder of Social Samosa and a multitasking prodigy. She is also a social media strategist, a professor, and a consultant, in addition to being an entrepreneur. Ankita was previously a member of the founding team of Superchooha, India’s first social media company.
Under her leadership, Superchooha designed and conceptualized different online media solutions and strategies for a number of well-known brands, including Mahindra, Idea Cellular, Ponds, Colors, Zapak, and many others.
She later created Social Samosa, an Indian Social Media Knowledge Storehouse that specializes in providing hands-on, professional services.
10. Hima Das
Hima Das became the first Indian sprinter to win gold at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland, in 2018. She went on to win gold and silver medals at the Asian Games in Jakarta a few years later.
With a time of 50.79 seconds, she presently holds the Indian national record in the 400 meters. Hima Das is the daughter of a poor rice farmer from the Assamese town of Dhing. At the age of 18, Hima Das became a national sensation.
She also won five gold medals in 20 days in 2019!
Poznan, July 2nd: 200m gold (23.65 seconds)
Kunto, 7 July: 200m gold (23.97 seconds)
Kladno, July 13: 200m gold (23.43 seconds)
Tabor, 17 July: 200m gold (23.25 seconds)
Prague, 20 July: 400m gold (52.09 seconds)
Empowering women for a better World
Work is viewed as a means of moving women closer to equality. Because the main difficulty in India is that males simply do not believe that women can work and be successful. It’s a huge step forward if you can prove them wrong.
All of these women have struggled, but they haven’t had problems in decades. Their power is what is transforming India. Their trials and tribulations are laying the road for future generations of girls to grow up in a world that views them differently.
It’s easy to get caught up in the negativity and feel as if you’re drowning in a world that’s attempting to keep you down, but these aren’t true. They strive for an education, for a job, and to prove that the world is wrong about them.
Let us fight beside them in their conflicts. The most important thing we can do as travelers is to support and buy from Indian firms that employ women. If all women aid other women, a recipe for success is created. India has shown me the power of women, and when it reaches its full potential, it will change the world.