With International Women’s Day around the corner, it’s time to look at some of the most inspiring women who are changing the world for better. All of these women have left a mark, in each of their respective domains, and inspired not just other women but all individuals alike! In honor of 8th march, let’s grace the fact that since time immemorial, women have been overcoming odds and fighting adversities to achieve their goals. The grit, determination, and hard work that are corollary to womanhood has remained as it is and stood the test of time. As the world gets older, the women of today are leading the team for a progressive society. So, let’s make an ode to some of these powerful Indian women who have made a difference in the society!
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Dr. Seema Rao
Tearing down conventions and bounds of the society, this Indian woman has achieved something unimaginable. Seema Rao, is India’s first ever woman commando trainer along with the bonus of having the credentials of a professional medical doctor. She also holds an MBA degree in crisis management, and, along with her ‘Major’ husband, has trained thousands of soldiers. And that’s’ not even all, she is also one of the only 10 women in the entire world who is trained in Jeet Kune Do – a form of martial arts, started by Bruce Lee. So, she’s nothing less than a modern-day Wonder Woman, right?
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All of you might have taken a sip from that bottle of Pepsi, but did you ever wonder who the person was behind PepsiCo being the second largest food and beverage country in the world? Of course, most of you didn’t even know it was a woman! Well, it’s none other than Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi who made history when she joined PepsiCo in 1994 and took it to great heights. She was the CFO and chairperson of the company till she left last year, and she has made it to number 11 on the 2017 list of Forbes’ 100 most powerful women in the world!
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Being the perfect example of ‘age is just a number’, this young-hearted woman is an environmentalist, at the age of 100! She is famous for her commendable act of planting over 8,000 Banyan/Ficus trees throughout her life. She has even worked as a labour in a quarry and undergone no formal education. It’s said that she started planting trees and treating them as her children after she and her husband got to know they couldn’t bear a child. This remarkable 105-year-old woman has her name in the 2016 list of 100 most influential women by BBC. We bet she’s as strong as those banyan trees she plants!
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This woman is the living example of how courage and a strong will can win over fate and life-changing mishaps. When life tends to take everything from you, you still need to hang on to that tiny bit of hope and that’s exactly what Laxmi Agarwal did. She was just 15, when her life turned into a living nightmare as her stalker threw acid onto her face. Everything changed, but she took the wheel of her life in her own hands and went on to become an inspiration for acid-attack survivors all over the world. She led petitions against the open sale of spurious liquids, and finally victory was hers as the Supreme Court ordained regulations for it. That’s what we call a real fighter!
Lifestyle salutes these incredibly inspiring and real-life-heroes of the world contribute to the essence behind the celebration of womanhood. This International Woman’s Day, do feel proud to be a woman and try to do your bit for the betterment of this world. After all, there’s nothing much that a woman can’t do, right?