Indian women have not only made waves here in the country but across the globe as well. Starting from Jhansi ki Rani to the modern day women adorning the global stage, Indian women have made a mark for themselves and nonetheless for our country. Here are 12 Indian women who clearly deserve big applause for their achievements on global stage –
- Indra Nooyi
The chairperson and chief executive officer of Pepsi Co, Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi is one of the most powerful women in the world. Nooyi is steering a $66.4 billion empire of the second largest food and beverage business of the world. She was also featured as the third most powerful women in business by Fortune in 2014.
- Kalpana Chawla
The first Indian woman to go into the space, Kalpana Chawla passed away in an unfortunate Columbia disaster in 2003. Her life is a story of inspiration for men and women alike.
- Asha Roy
She grew up unlike most of us but never compromised with her dreams. The daughter of a vegetable seller set a record at the National Open Athletics Championship that took place in Kolkata in 2011 and became the fastest Indian on the track.
- Chanda Kochhar
The CEO of ICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar recently got featured in the Fortune list of 25 most powerful women in the Asia-Pacific region recently. She was honored by the Padma Bhushan Award in 2010 by the Indian government.
- Priyanka Chopra
The Indian actress, singer and the former Miss World 2000, she wears many hats. She has gained recognition for her sense of style, humor and still continues to win hearts on the global stage.
- Irom Chanu Sharmila
The Iron Lady of Manipur, Irom Sharmila holds the record for the world’s longest hunger strike. She has been sitting on hunger strike for over a decade now and demanding the removal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
- Freida Pinto
She debuted in British film Slumdog Millionaire and has been making waves since then. She is a regular at red carpet and is known for her impeccable fashion sense. She grew up in Mumbai and is spending most of her time in Hollywood being a face of many brands and big movie projects.
- Mira Nair
She is the woman to be credited for introducing Indian culture to a global stage. Born in Punjabi family, she was always fascinated by documentary film-making. Her films have been nominated in Oscars and many drew inspirations from her projects.
- Kiran Desai
She is one of the rare writers who got acclaim with her first book and became a sensation with the second. Her books namely, Hullabaloo and The Inheritance of Loss won her the Man Booker Prize. She also became the youngest female writer to win National Book Critics Circle fiction award.
- Padma Lakshmi
The cookbook author, the actress, the TV host, Padma Lakshmi has many feathers on her hat. The Chennai-born girl started her career as a model in Spain and still makes noise on her looks on the red carpet.
- Arundhati Bhattacharya
She is the first woman to be the chairperson of the State Bank of India (SBI) and also got recognition in the Forbes Most Powerful Women list taking the 36th position.
- Reena Kaushal Dharmshaktu
The Delhi-based instructor is a real daredevil. She has been skiing through the most dangerous and deserted regions in the world and became the first woman to reach the South pole in just 38 days.