Sunitha Krishnan is a social activist born in 1972 from is a Social Activist and Co-Founder of NGO Prajwala. Prajwala works for rehabilitation of sex workers and their children. Prajwala also works towards rescuing, rehabilitating and re-integrating sex-trafficking victims into society. She has worked relentlessly to bring a change in the attitude of various Governments for victim friendly policies through various platforms. She has been physically assaulted 14 times and she receives regular death threats but she is working fearlessly for empowerment of sex workers. For her great work she was awarded PadmaShri in 2016.
Tessy Thomas is also known as ‘India’s Missile Woman’ is the first woman scientist to
head a missile project in India. She is scientist in Defence Research and Development Organisation-DRDO. She was Project Director of Mission Agni IV which was successfully tested in 2011. She is one of the very few women working on Strategic Nuclear Ballistic Missiles in he world.
Kiran Bedi is the first women to have become an officer in the Indian Police Service
in 1972. She has served 35 years on various post and last one was as Director General of Beauro of Police Research and Development. She won Presidents Medal in 1979. She introduced various path breaking reforms in the famous Tihar Jail and won Rammon Magassesay Award in 1994. She was also advisor to The UN Secretary General. Currently she is Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry.
Sapper Shanti Tigga when she was 35-year-old became the first Indian woman, who is a mother of two, to become a jawan in the Indian Army. Standing at par with her male counterparts, she joined the 969 Railway Engineer Regiment of Territorial Army in 2011. She refused to bow down to social conventions and passed all the tests and training for being a jawan. During her training she was awarded the title of best trainee. However, her life ended too soon as she was abducted and later found dead but she will be always remembered as a women carrying valour beyond compare.
Chhavi Rajawat is the first woman sarpanch in India with an MBA degree. She ditched a well-paying corporate job with one of India’s biggest telecom firms to become the sarpanch of Soda, a village 60 kms from Jaipur. She has tirelessly been working for the people of the village and has successfully implemented many projects including rain water harvesting, toilets facilities etc. in her village.
Chnda Kochhar is born in 1961 at Jaipur in Rajastan. After completing her schooling in Jaipur she shifted to Mumbai for higher education. She completed her B.A. and then completed M.B.A. from Jamanalal Bajaj Institute for Management Studies. She received Wokhardt Gold Medal for excellence in Management Studies and many other medals for academic excellence. She joined ICICI as management trainee in 1984 and was instrumental in the formation ICICI Bank. In 2009 she was appointed as M.D & CEO of ICICI Bank. Under her leadership ICICI bank won Best Retail Bank Award successively in 2001,2003,2004 and 2006. She is present in the Fortune magazines Most Powerful Women in Business list since 2005. Recently made it to the Fortune list of 25 most powerful women in the Asia-Pacific region, and stands first among other Indian women. 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.
Arundhati Bhattacharya born in 1956 in Kolkatta. She studied English Literature at Jadhavpur University and after graduation joined State Bank of India at the age of 22years in 1977. In her banking career of 36 year she has worked in almost all the departments of State Bank. She has worked in managerial capacity in Bank’s New York office and she was involved in setting up all new businesses of State Bank such as Insurance, Credit Card etc. In 2013 she became Chairperson of State Bank of India. Besides many other recognitions she was named 25th Most Powerful Woman in the World by Fortune Magazine in 2016. She was also named 4th Most Powerful Women in Asia Pacific by Fortune Magazine. She was included in FP top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine.
D Anitha Jyoti Reddy born in a poor rural family in Warrangal near Vishakhapatnam. She was second of the five siblings and her mother died when Jyothi was still a child. She secured first grade in 10th exams but has to discontinue her studies for earning live hood as a farm labourer. At the age of 16 she was forcibly married to a distant cousin and she had two children from the said marriage. Tired of living in poverty and desirous of giving her children good life she kept changing jobs. One day she came across one relative who had returned from USA and understood the importance of Information Technology. She learned Software at Hyderabad then got a job in a software startup. She garnered all her resources and obtained visa and went to USA. At first she did petty jobs there and lived as paying guest in a Gujrati family. One of her contact asked her to work as I.T. recruiter and she readily took the challenge and started her new company. Now she is CEO of her company Key Software Solutions and employees more than 60 employees.
Laxmi is a Indian campaigner with “Stop Acid Attacks” and a TV host. She herself was attacked in 2005 when she was only 15 years old by a 32 year old man whos advances she had rejected. After surviving through the attack she decided to campaign and create awareness against Acid Attacks. Her tragic story was published in Hindustan Times. She had advocated against acid attacks through garnering 27000 signatures for a petition she made to Supreme Court to regulate and ban Acid Sales. Her advocacy bore fruit and Supreme Court ruled in favor of regulation of Acid Sales. Then the Central and state governments made rules to regulate Acid Sales. She is co-founder of “Chanv Foundation ” a NGO working for re habilitation of Acid Attack victims. Laxmi has received International Women of Courage Award in 2014 by First Lady of USA Michele Obama.
Reena Kaushal Dharmshaktu was born in Punjab but was brought up in Darjeeling. She joined Himalayn Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling. She took part in the historic Ski run as a member of the 8 members commonwealth team. The team completed skiing of 900 k.m through the most deserted and coldest regions in the world. Reena a mountaineer and Delhi-based outdoor instructor Reena, along with seven other women, became the first woman to reach the southern most tip of the word, the South Pole, all in 38 days by travelling 900 km.