India is a land of misogyny and no woman can deny it. If you’re born a girl, you would have experienced it at least once in your life either because of your parents or the society that you are a part of. There have been cases where the girl child has been killed even before her birth and the mother being a woman, hardly ever gets a say in this — she doesn’t even have the right to protect her own baby! When it comes to education, we’ve often seen many families denying their girl child formal education because they either don’t want to invest in her or they just want her to stay illiterate enough to never have a mind of her own. And when it comes to marriage, girls are sold like broodmares which is ironic because there are as many goddesses in temples as the gods and nobody ever cares about the gender then.
Even if you’re an educated and hardworking woman with a mind of your own, you’ve always been told or made to feel that you are not good enough to stand where the men in the society stand. However, there are some women who have fought through all the odds and became a true inspiration for those who feel like they don’t have a voice. These are the women who are the torchbearers for the upliftment of women in the coming years.
Let’s take a look at a few among the many amazing women out there who have proved that women can not just be equal but sometimes can be even better than men.
1. Sushma Swaraj
The former External Affairs Minister of India is believed to be the most “millennial minister” for using social media platforms like Twitter to connect with voters. During her long political career, she marked several firsts like being India’s youngest-ever cabinet minister, Delhi’s first-ever Chief Minister, and the first female spokesperson for any Indian political party at the national level. Sushma Swaraj stepped into politics in 1970 when she became a student leader and she was associated with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at the time.
2. Hima Das
Hima Das is India’s only track medallist at the global level. She won a gold medal at the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World20 Championship, also known as the World Junior Championship. Currently, she holds the national record in 400 meters with a lightning time of 50.70 seconds, which she set during the 2018 Asian Games that was held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
3. Mary Kom
The 35-year old woman boxer became the World Champion in boxing for the sixth time after she defeated her opponent with the greatest of ease in 2018. Coming from a small village in Manipur, Mary literally shed her blood and sweat to reach where she is today. There’s no doubt that her success is an eye-opener for those who believe that women aren’t as good as men.
4. Neena Gupta
The National Award-winning actress made us all proud with her stellar performance in movies like Badhai Ho and Mulk. In Badhai Ho, she plays the role of a mother to a 25-year-old songets pregnant. As portrayed in the movie, something like i.e. a woman who getting pregnant at an age when her son is ready to be married isn’t easily accepted in our society and it takes a lot of boldness to give life to such characters the way Neena did it. We’re so proud of her!
5. Mithali Raj
Popularly known as Lady Tendulkar, Mithali Raj is one of the finest women cricket players the world has ever seen. She is the captain of the Indian Women’s Cricket team and had recently recorded 2000 T20 runs becoming the first woman player to do so. Also, she is the only woman cricketer to play 200 ODI matches! Her career has lasted for 19 years and is still counting. We hope we can see her own a bunch of more records before she bids farewell to the ground.
6. Menaka Guruswamy
Menaka is one of those lawyers who fought for the takedown of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Section 377 says that any man or woman who commits a sexual act that is against the “order of nature” with another man, woman, or animal, will be punished. The punishment included imprisonment for life or imprisonment at least for 10 years with a fine. This is the law that made homosexual relationships illegal. We’re glad that it’s just a painful memory now.
7. The All-Women Navy Crew Of INSV Tarini
This Indian Navy crew circumnavigated the earth in just nine months! The group of six women officers sailed in a vessel called INSV (Indian Naval Sailing Vesse) Tarini. The expedition which was called Navika Sagar Parikrama is an expedition which is the first of its kind carried out by Indians with an all-woman crew. Now, who said that women can’t travel alone?
8. Rima Das
Rima is the director of the movie Village Rockers which was India’s official entry to the 2019 Oscars. The movie won the National Award for the Best Film even though it couldn’t get through the Oscar crowd. Rima also won the Best Editor Award for the film at the national level. The 37-year-old filmmaker is among the many talented women directors who prove that women can do a lot more than just dancing to the tunes of item songs and playing the weak secondary roles in the film industry.
These are just a few among the many women who make us proud. Also, there are many women superheroes about whom we don’t know yet. All of them prove that strong determination and hard work can never go wrong. Who is your woman role model? Let us know in the comments below.