From politician Indira Gandhi to actress Priyanka Chopra, the whole world knows the undeterred will-power of Indian women. They are outstanding this male-dominant world and proving themselves as the best. These women are the best examples of what one can achieve with hard work and sincerity.
Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian woman to go to space. She passed away in the infamous Columbia disaster on Feb 1, 2003, when the space shuttle disintegrated over Texas while re-entering the earth’s atmosphere hours before it was scheduled to conclude its 28th mission. A role model for many young women in India and around the world, Kalpana will always be remembered for her incredible journey from India, where she was born, to NASA, where she fulfilled her dream of reaching the stars.
Bhattacharya, an Indian banker, was the first woman to become the chairperson of the State Bank Of India (SBI). She has additionally been featured on the Forbes Most Powerful Women list in the 36th slot. Bhattacharya joined SBI in September 1977. She is the first woman to lead an India-based Fortune 500 company. Initially, she joined SBI in 1977 as a probationary officer at the age of 22 years. She introduced a two-year sabbatical policy for women employees for the child or elder care. On Women’s day, she introduced free vaccination against cervical cancer for all her lady workers.
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi is the chairperson and CEO of the second-largest food and beverage business in the world, Pepsi Co. She has been a regular in the world’s most powerful women’s lists. She was named as the third most powerful women in business by Fortune in 2014. Beginning her career in India, Nooyi held product manager positions at Johnson & Johnson and textile firm Mettur Beardsell. She was admitted to Yale School of Management in 1978 and earned a master’s degree in Public and Private Management. Nooyi joined PepsiCo in 1994 and was named CFO in 2001 and then President and CEO in 2006. Nooyi has directed the company’s global strategy for more than a decade and led PepsiCo’s restructuring, including the 1997 divestiture of its restaurants into Tricon, now known as Yum! Brands.
Chanda Kochhar is a CEO of ICICI Bank, recently was added to the Fortune list of 25 most powerful women in the Asia-Pacific region, and she was first among other Indian women. For her services to the banking sector, she was honored with the Padma Bhushan Award in 2010, the third highest civilian honor by the Indian government. She was also one of the bankers who came up with electronic banking and installed 2000 ATM machines all over India. Under Kochhar’s leadership, ICICI was awarded the ‘Best Retail Bank in India’ in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005. In 2002, the bank was given the ‘Excellence in Retail Banking Award’.Chanda Kochhar is one amongst the two women who is the head of an Indian domestic bank. Joining the ICICI bank as a management trainee, she was instrumental in making ICICI bank the largest retail financer in India. She is an inspiration to women all over the world.
Rajawat is the first woman sarpanch in India. After doing an MBA from Pune, Chhavi Rajawat worked for 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 Rajasthan’s Tonk district to become India’s first woman Sarpanch with an MBA degree. She ditched a well-paying corporate job with one of India’s biggest telecom firms. She has put on a lot of efforts for the people of the village and was successful enough to implement many projects including rainwater harvesting, toilets facilities etc.
Every Indian mother
While there are many women who go on to perform well in their selected fields outside their homes, there are many who sit at home and still are the best as their whole family runs because of them. The last, but not the least, every Indian mother is an achiever. Mothers are the most powerful being as mentioned in all the holy books. They create life inside them and their children with their blessings run the world.
Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world- Hillary Clinton.
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