Women’s day is a celebration of women all over the world for their achievements and victories. Time and again, women have proved the world that they are nothing inferior to men and they stand equal in opportunities and recognition. There are so many inspirational women that we must take a note and never forget. Amongst so many, we have gathered a few and are trying to make people aware of their contribution to the society and the country as well.
1. Gulabi SaperaShe was the seventh child of her parents and was buried alive just an hour after she was born. She was later rescued by her aunt. She is not the creator of Rajasthan’s celebrated dance form. She was spotted dancing to a snake charming music by a Rajastani Official in 1981. She performed her dance form, Kalbelia across the world in nearly 165 countries. She then became the recipient of the honorary award, Padma Shri in 2016. Her dance has won international acclaim being listed in UNESCO’s representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
2. Shamshad BegumShe is the first girl to enter International Women’s Hockey from A.P, the first to officiate 375 + International and National Matches, first Girl to officiate Junior Asia Cup in Hyderabad 2004, first to do Umpiring in Asian games qualifying tournament Malaysia May 2006, first & Youngest girl to participate in Asia cup Umpiring seminar at Hyderabad, 2004. Enough said, she needs a bow down now!
3. Chhavi RajawatShe completed her MBA and worked for esteemed companies such as Times of India, Carlson Group of Hotels, and Airtel, before she realized the need to bring about a change in the grass- root level, if she wants to bring about a real difference. She went back to her village, Soda, in Rajashthan’s Tonk district and became a sarpanch there. She worked for the betterment of the village and to make it solar powered, to bring better water, to provide roads, education and many such things. She became India’s first woman Sarpanch with an MBA degree.
4. Sapper Shanti TiggaShe is 35 and a mother of two and also a Jawan in the Indian Army. she joined the 969 Railway Engineer Regiment of Territorial Army in 2011. However, her life ended too soon as she was abducted and later found dead. She is an inspiration still alive and we are going to keep her motives long lived.
5. Karnam MalleswariShe was born in a small village from Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh. She developed interest for weight lifting from her age of 12 and was backed by immense support from her family. She went on to prove herself than many others from the same field. She went on to win 11 gold, 3 silver and one bronze in the prestigious Olympic Games. She became a role model to many who wanted to pursue their sports-career in weightlifting.
6. Kiran BediShe is the first Woman IPS Officer in India. As an IPS officer she worked as/in Traffic Department, DIG of Mizoram, Advisor to Governor of Chandigarh, Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau (Related to Drugs) and Civilian Police Advisor. She was awarded the United Nations Medal for her work in Peace Keeping operations of United Nations. She is popularly known as “Crane Bedi” for towing Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s car for a parking violation. Her amazing character is endless and always falls short of words.
7. Harshini KanhekarA woman’s place is in the kitchen cooking in hot fires, the country said. She did something a little similar by India’s first female firefighter. She manages heavy and monotonous equipement, drives huge trucks and she was the first woman at the fire engineering college. Heads down you, ma’m.
8. Mary KomShe is the only Indian boxer who has won six championships for India. She is also the only Indian woman to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics where she won a Bronze Medal, she also won at the Asian Games where she brought home the gold. She has a story of relentless hard work and commitment where boxing is her only life. she is a mother of 3 and never gave up on boxing.
9. Sunitha KrishnanShe is from Bangalore and always had immense passion towards social work. at the age of 8 years, she started teaching dance to mentally challenged children. By the age of 12, she was running schools in slums for underprivileged children. At the age of 15, while working on a neo-literacy campaign for the Dalit community. During that time, she was molested by 8 men. That incident raged a fire in her and started Prajwala, a non-governmental organization that rescues, rehabilitates and reintegrates sex-trafficked victims into society. Till date, she has saved thousands.
10. Neerja BhanotShe was a purser for the airline Pan American World Airways, based in Mumbai, India. She was shot and killed while saving hundreds of passengers after a hijack of her flight. he became the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime award for bravery, the Ashok Chakra Award. She saved 359 people among 379 and was shot while helping passengers escape from the emergency exits.
11. Puja ThakurPuja Thakur has made the nation proud by serving for the armed forces of the country. She is the wing commander of the Indian Air Force. When, Obama, one of the most powerful men, visited India, Puja Thakur became the first woman to command the Guard of Honour during his visit.
12. Arunima SinhaShe is the first woman amputee to reach the rop of Mount Everest. She was once a national Volley Ball player who lost one of her legs under a train while trying to save herself from a gang of thieves. Without falling low, she challenged herself that she would do a task that is tough physically and she achieved it.