This International Women’s Day, we bring you the list which is not the rankings as they are the women who have equally triumphed in their own respective fields. Accomplishing tremendous success, they are such people from whom we draw inspiration and motivation from.
Let’s look at these amazing Indian women who have acquired name and fame for India with their achievements:
1.Rahibi Soma Popere – Maharashtra’s ‘Seed Mother’
The 55-year-old farmer and the founder of the Seed Bank, India, Srimati Rahibai Soma Popere conserve indigenous seeds and help farmers to grow native crops. Although initially she was questioned by her villagers and family members, later everyone understood the importance of her work. Her being illiterate couldn’t stop her from achieving her goals and various successes with her extraordinary understanding of crop diversity. She is such an exemplary farmer and an inspiration for women. She was named on BBC’s 100 Women list in 2018.
2. Mithali Dorai Raj – captain of Indian women’s cricket team:
She was born in 3rd December 1982 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Known to be one of the greatest batswomen, Mithali Raj not only became the first woman cricketer to reach 2000 WT20I runs but she’s also the first player from India who scored 2000 runs in T20Is. She was featured on BBC’s 100 Women list in 2017. She is the first player who scored 7 consecutive 50s in ODIs and the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket.
3. Sania Mirza
Sania Mirza, the professional tennis player who won six Grand Slam titles in her career, is the highest-paid and high-profile athletes in India.
Hailing from Hyderabad, Telangana, she is the most successful female Indian tennis player ever and one of the finest in the world. Mirza had been ranked India’s No. 1 player by the WTA from 2003 to 2013 in both singles and doubles category. However, she gave up on her singles career due to a major wrist injury. Born on 15th November 1986, Mirza has had notable achievements with widespread recognition and receiving awards.
The American news magazine Time named her in the list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the year 2016. Mirza is the first South Asian woman to be appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in the organization’s history.
Now the mother of one, Mirza has no plans to give up on pursuing her career in tennis and according to sources, she wants to return to the game.
4. Saina Nehwal
One of the most successful Indian sportspersons, Saina Nehwal is a professional badminton singles player. She was born on 17th March 1990 at Hissar, Haryana.
She won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and became the first Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal. She is also the first Indian woman and overall, the second Indian player to secure number 1 position in World rankings in 2015.
She is known to have increased the popularity of badminton in India.
Saina Nehwal has had incredible achievements, receiving numerous recognition, honours and accolades and still continues with gaining successes.
5. P.V. Sindhu
The professional badminton player, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal. Beside Saina Nehwal, Sindhu is also one of the two Indian Badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal.
After Sindhu’s multiple achievements, she created yet another history for India in 2018 by becoming the first Indian to win the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals.
She was born on 5th July 1995 in Hyderabad. She has received multiple recognitions and honors at such a young age, including the Padma Shri-the fourth highest civilian award of India in March 2015.
6. Sakshi Malik:
Sakshi Malik is an Indian freestyle wrestler who is the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics.
Born on 3rd September 1992, she won the bronze medal in the 58 kg category at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She has received awards and recognitions including a Padma Shri.
7. Kiran Bedi
Born on 9th June 1949, Kiran Bedi is known to be the first woman who joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) and remained in service for 35 years. A retired Indian Police Service officer, she is also a social activist, former tennis player and she is the current Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.
She is also the result of her parent’s ahead-of-their-time choices they made for their daughters, especially by educating their daughters.
She is an ideal woman who never stopped despite there being the society’s stigma towards education and working of women. Her hard work and determination has won her success in life and received various awards.
8. Mary kom
Nicknamed Magnificent Mary, Mary Kom is an Indian Olympic boxer who is also an animal rights activist.
Born on 1st March 1983, Kom hails from Manipur. She is the only woman who is for a record six-time world amateur boxing champion. She is also the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships. The only Indian woman boxer who qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Kom won a bronze medal in the flyweight (51 kg) category. She is the recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan in the year 2006 and 2013 respectively.
Being a mother of three kids never stopped her from boxing and she continued to pursue the sport. Kom has received worldwide recognition, awards and success. She continues to pursue her career in boxing.
9. Priyanka Chopra
The Miss World 2000 winner, an actress, a singer, a film producer and a philanthropist, Priyanka Chopra is one of the most successful and influential women in India and worldwide. Born on 18th July 1982, Chopra was appointed as the national and global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights in 2010 and 2016 respectively. She has been awarded various accolades in her career, for her work. She was honoured with a Padma Shri in 2016. The American weekly news magazine Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Chopra has been listed among the Forbes’ World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2017 and 2018 respectively. The beauty with brains actress has always and still gives people a major inspiration. She is one of the many women idols who is looked up by women and girls.
10. Bhakti Sharma
An Open water swimmer and a renowned Motivational Speaker, Bhakti Sharma was born on 30th November 1989. She set a record in an open swimming in Antarctic waters and the first Asian woman and the youngest in the world to do so. Having started to swim at a young age of 2 and a half years under her mother’s coaching, Sharma is the youngest in the world to have swum in all five oceans of the world. She has also broken the record of open-water swimmer Lynne Cox of U.S. and the endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh of England. In 2010, Sharma was awarded the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award.