8 Amazing Women Idols Everyone to Look Upto in 2020
Created by Ekta Updated on Mar 09, 2020
How's it to be a woman in 2020?
While the struggle has been a long road to find a balance there are some women who didn’t let anything hold them back. Families, career choices or taking care of their children & becoming world-renowned in various fields, they have done it all. They for sure epitomize #BalanceForBetter, this year's theme for Women's Day. We bring to you the best women idols who were, are and will always be an inspiration for times to come. [Read - Are We Teaching Our Boys to Respect Women?]
8 Female Role Models Everyone Should Look Up To
We bring to you 8 best indian women idols who were, are and will always be an inspiration for times to come.
1. Mary Kom:
The first and the only woman to become World Amateur Boxing Champion for a record six times. This woman with an unbreakable spirit was brought up by working peasants on fields. She took a two-year break to take care of her third born. There were doubts about this boxer's return to the circuit, but not only did she bounce back with all her vigor, but also won Olympic medals for India!
2. Deepa Malik:
Deepa created history when she became the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Paralympics. She's been confined to the wheelchair for 15 years now. She was diagnosed with the tumor while her husband was away fighting the Kargil war. But this mother of two was not the one to give up. While the doctors told her she wouldn’t be able to walk again, she went on to become a swimmer, a biker, an athlete & an adventure junkie; all at the age of 36.
The Chandni of Bollywood, she's been a superstar of the film industry. Not many know that Sridevi couldn’t speak Hindi when she first stepped in the industry. Do you know that she was offered a role in Jurassic Park by Steven Spielberg? She refused because she wasn’t ready to take a hiatus from Bollywood.
4. Sudha Murthy:
Padma Shree Sudha Murthy had an ordinary upbringing, while her Father served as a Doctor at field postings in upcountry locations. She was the only girl student in her Engineering class. A resilient social worker, homemaker, and a passionate author, She has worked towards strengthening the less-privileged sections of society and has helped build hospitals, rehabilitation centers, school buildings, and orphanages & public toilets leading the Infosys Foundation.
5. Major Priya Jhingan:
She became the first lady cadet to join the Indian Army in 1992. She was in class X when this gutsy girl wrote a letter to the then Chief of Army Staff, demanding to induct women in the Indian Army. And there was no looking back thereafter. Mother to a son, do you know that she participated in the first season of Fear Factor Extreme – Khatron Ke Khiladi!
6. Arundhati Bhattacharya:
Did you know that she joined SBI as a trainee out of college. This SBI top boss was on the verge of leaving her job in the year 2006 when she was posted as a General Manager in Lucknow? The reason: she couldn’t find a good school for her son. Her then-boss, M. S Verma intervened and discouraged her to take the decision. And today, she is known as the voice of the banking industry.
7. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw:
India’s first biotechnology chief, she established Biocon India with just INR 10,000/- as her seed money. She operated from her garage in Bangalore. She sold off the enzyme business she had spent fifteen years building and put in all her energies into the biopharmaceutical business -- where the first batch of enzymes failed. But she took failure in her stride and went onto receive the Padma Shree for her immense achievement & contribution in the Biotechnology sector.
8. Leila Seth:
The first woman judge at the Delhi High Court, a mother of celebrated author, Vikram Seth, became the first woman to become Chief Justice of a state High Court. The eminent jurist did law because she had a baby when she moved to London with her husband, and a law course didn’t require her to attend classes. At 27, Leila became the first woman to top the London Bar exam. This was the very beginning of her illustrious and influential career as a legal practitioner and jurist.
So, who among these are your favorite women idols? Or you have a real-life woman idol who inspires you. Whether it’s your mom or mom-in-law who inspire you to #BalanceForBetter or your next-door neighbor running between work and home; leave a comment &share your inspiration with us.
Happy Women's Day 2020