On this Women's Day, let us resolve to make women equal stakeholders in the decision-making processes and economic growth of the state as well as the nation. Till this happens we cannot say that true women empowerment has been achieved! In the past many months, there have been shocking incidents that have aroused the conscience of the entire nation. On International Women’s Day, let us affirm our commitment to eradicate any form of injustice against women and ensure that what the nation saw in the last few months does not happen ever again. A civilized society, etched in liberal democratic values has no place for those who disrespect women.
Sushmita Sen has always been a powerful, outgoing, well spoken and an extremely gracious woman. It’s not surprising then that she won Miss Universe in 1994 and floored all the judges with her charm. She went on to break stereotypes when she adopted a baby girl Renee in 2000. Back in 2000, it wasn’t the norm and was still considered socially unacceptable for an unmarried woman to adopt and raise a child on her own. But, being the fighter that she is, Sushmita fought all her battles and finally brought little Renee home. She broke the stereotype and proved that it is not always necessary to have a man by your side in order to take care of the kids.
Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart.”
Anne Frank has gifted us with her story of courage and faith! She was a Jewish girl and her father had gifted her diary when she was 13 years old in which she drafted her story and the story of the Holocaust which was the time of the mass murder that took place during World War II. Her diary was later published after her death which later became the most read books of that time.
She is a woman who came from an abusive childhood and has become an influential television host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. When Oprah wants to make a change, she stands up for what she believes in. She is a hero because she is selfless and dedicated. She has donated millions of dollars to various charities and organizations, with most of her money going to three foundations: The Angel Network, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, and The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is an Indian billionaire entrepreneur. She is the chairperson and managing director of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company based in Bangalore, India and the chairperson of IIM Bangalore. In 2014, she was awarded the Othmer Gold Medal, for outstanding contributions to the progress of science and chemistry. She is on the Financial Times’ top 50 women in business list..In 2015, she was listed as the 85th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Forbes again listed her in 2016 and 2017 - the most powerful women in the world at 77th and 71st position respectively.
Mother Teresa, the Nobel Peace Prize winner (1979), aimed at looking after those who had nobody to look after them through her own order "The Missionaries of Charity". She worked tirelessly towards her goal until her ill-health - that included two heart attacks, pneumonia and malaria - forced her to step down in March 1997, following which she took her last breath in September 1997.
Indra K Nooyi is the president and chief financial officer of PepsiCo. Best known for its Pepsi soft drinks, the international powerhouse that Nooyi oversees is actually one of the world's largest snack-food companies. It makes and sells dozens of other products, including Doritos-brand chips, the Tropicana juice line, and Quaker Oats cereals. Nooyi is one of the top female executives in the United States, and is also believed to be the highest-ranking woman of Indian heritage in corporate America.
The late actress Sridevi's work and her contribution to Indian cinema will always remain immortal.
A Bollywood legend, and one of the rare female stars with enough celebrity mega wattage to match the lions of the Indian film industry, and enough above-the-title prestige to carry a film on her own. She was known simply as “Sridevi” – but this was not a kind of Madonna single-name branding. She was so ubiquitous that people thought of her as a friend.
Call her bold, call her fearless, call her crazy when she loves you, unbreakable when she’s broken in two, strong when she’s picking up the pieces, cheeky when she teases, patient while the dead leaves drop, unstoppable when she beats the clock. Call her whole when she mothers, call her the leader of lovers. Band aid from her handbag, sugar in a teacup, call her for tips, call her for backup. Call her your BFF, confidant, midnight baker, change maker. Obsessed about manicures, fussed about hair, proud blogger, browser, thank you note sender. Call her fair. Call her warrior when she heals a nation, the One who teaches her children elation. Stardust, gemstone, sanctuary, peace. Call her home at the end of the war, catch her smiling though her heart is sore. Call her beautiful, invincible, salt of the earth, giver of birth. Call her the answer to your prayer. Call her #WOMAN!