There’s something so special about a woman who dominates in a man’s world. It takes a certain grace, strength, intelligence, fearlessness, and the nerve to never take no for an answer.” – Rihanna
International Women’s Day is all about understanding the values and giving each women the power to achieve according to their potential
1. Saina Nehwal
In 2015, the shuttler became the first Indian woman to become the world number one and overall the second Indian player to achieve this feat after Prakash Padukone. She has accomplished many such firsts in her field – the only Indian to win at least one medal in each of the major BWF individual events, first to win a Super Series title and first Indian to win two singles gold in Commonwealth Games in 2010 and 2018.
In 2016, Nehwal was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award. She has also been conferred with two of nation’s top sporting honors, namely the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Arjuna Award.
2. PV Sindhu
The first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, the badminton player, PV Sindhu has also won a silver medal at the Asian Games 2018 as well as the BWF World Championships for two consecutive years in 2017 and 2018. In December 2018, she became the first Indian to win the BWF World Tour finals defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara. She is also the youngest recipient of the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honor, which she received in 2015.
3. Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj is the former captain of Indian women’s cricket team in Tests and ODI. She is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run mark in WODIs.
4. Indra Nooyi
In her role as CEO for PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi was an invaluable role model for women in business. She stepped down as CEO of Pepsico in October last year. She is the second women to be added on the Amazon’s Board of Directors. In February 2018, she was appointed as the first independent female director of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board.
5. Avani Chaturvedi
One of the first three female fighter pilots to be inducted into the Indian Air Force fighter squadron in 2016, Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter jet solo two years later. She flew a MiG-21 Bison in February 2018.
6. Chandrima Shaha
Chandrima Shaha made history when she became the first woman president of INSA. The Indian National Science Academy has never had a female president in its 85-year history. Starting 2020, however, Shaha will be the first woman president heading the academy. She was previously the director of National Insitute of Immunology. Shaha was also the first female cricket commentator at All India Radio. She was also the Vice-captain of West Bengal’s first women’s cricket team.
7. Chhavi Rajawat
Rajawat made history as the youngest woman sarpanch of the country in 2010. The MBA graduate quit her corporate job to improve the living conditions in Soda village in Rajasthan. She has been working to bring clean water, solar power, toilets, paved roads and a bank to the village. In 2011, she addressed the 11th Info-Poverty World Conference at the United Nations.
8. Surekha Yadav
She became the country’s first female passenger train driver in 1988. On March 8, 2011, she became Asia’s first woman to drive the Deccan Queen on the Pune-Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus route, which is considered one of the most difficult rail routes.
9. Tessy Thomas
Known as the “missile woman” of the country, Tessy Thomas is a scientist at DRDO. Thomas is the recipient of awards like the DRDO Scientist of the Year in 2008, DRDO Performance Excellence Award for 2011 and 2012, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration in 2012.
10. Arunima Sinha
In 2013, she became the world’s first female amputee to climb Mount Everest. Six years later, in 2019, she scripted history again by becoming the first female amputee to climb Antarctica’s highest peak Mount Vinson.