Widely recognized for her role in shaping retail banking in India, ICICI Bank MD and CEO, Chanda Kochhar was in the 22nd position in the Forbes Asia’s ‘50 Power Businesswomen List 2016’. She was ranked first in the Fortune list of 100 most powerful women in the Asia-Pacific region. She has also been honoured with the Padma Bhushan Award in 2010, the third highest civilian honour by the Indian government, for her services to the banking sector.
Kalpana Chawla was born in the small town of Karnal in the state of Haryana. In 1997, Kalpana Chawla did India proud by becoming the first Indian woman to go into space. She was selected by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) from thousands of candidates.
Mary Kom also called ‘Magnificent Mary’ is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion. She is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in all six world championships and she’s also the first Indian woman boxer to win a Gold Medal in the Asian Games (2014). She never let motherhood hinder her passion for boxing.
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. She became the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime military ward for bravery, the Ashok Chakra. She might be gone, but her smile is intact and still continues to inspire us. Salute to the bravest soul!
Irom Chanu Sharmila:
Irom Chanu Sharmila also known as the ‘Iron Lady of Manipur’ has been on hunger strike since 2nd November 2000 to protest the killing of innocent civilians in Manipur. On International Women’s Day, 2014 she was voted the top woman icon of India by MSN Poll.
She became the first officer to lead the Inter-Service Guard of Honour that was inspected by US President Barack Obama. She says she joined the Indian Air Force because of the life she wanted for herself.
She won everyone’s heart when she claimed her victory in Rio Olympics 2016 by winning a silver medal. She became the first Indian women to win a silver medal in Olympics. She is also the first Indian shuttler to reach the final of an Olympics badminton event.
Every Indian Mother:
While there are several women who go on to perform well in their chosen fields outside their homes, there are many who sit at home and still own the world.
The last, but definitely not the least, every Indian mother is an achiever we just cannot leave out