9 Indian Women who Inspire

Women have made their presence felt in almost all spheres of life these days. Yet, there are fewer women role models out there that we know of to take inspiration from. Here, we take a look at some of the most inspirational and ground-breaking women, from the past and present, that we can all learn a thing or two from.

These women teach us that you don’t need to have pedigree, or be raised in a certain time or environment to take a strong stance, be successful and ultimately contribute to society. All these inspirational women have few things in common: grit, tenacity and commitment.

Eleanor Roosevelt famously challenged everyone “to do one thing every day that scares you”. Here are few women we may not have known that echoed that call to arms and some!

1. Nirupama Rao

She was the first woman full-term foreign secretary in India’s history. She served as India’s Foreign Secretary from 2009 to 2011, as well as being India’s Ambassador to the United States, China and Sri Lanka (High Commissioner) during her career

Nirupama Rao - Inspiring Women of India
2. Chitra Ramakrishna

Chitra Ramkrishna (born 1963) is the first and former woman managing director and chief executive officer of the National Stock Exchange (NSE). As the MD and CEO, Ms. Ramkrishna has not only maintained the rich legacy of this great institution, but her tireless endeavour has ensured it has scaled new heights. Under her leadership, the NSE became a transparent market ecosystem thanks to her efforts of reaching out to thousands of locations in the country, and not just that, NSE reaped a record profit of Rs.860 crore in 2011!

Chitra Ramakrishna - Inspiring Women of India
3. Sarla Thakral

The first Indian woman to earn and aviation license at the age of 21 to fly an aircraft!

Sarla Thakral - Inspiring Women of India
4. Saalumarada Thimakka

She planted and nurtured 384 banyan trees along the stretch of a highway. She is one of the most inspirational environmentalist. Every single day she carried water for 4 kilometers to water these trees.

saalumarada thimakka - Inspiring Women of India
5. Mayilamma

Mayilamma has something in common with the very revered Erin Brockovich. In that, she took on a fight against the giant Coca Cola whose activities were polluting the local villages. Eventually, her activism and campaigns led to them shutting down their plants and drove the company out of the area

Mayilamma - Inspiring Women of India
6. Tessy Thomas

The first woman in India to head the Agni-VI missile project that was successfully testing in India, and she is rightly known as “India’s Missile Woman”!

Tessy Thomas - Inspiring Women of India
7. Rimppi Kumari

Who said farming is a man’s territory? Meet Rimppi who inherited 32 acres of farms from her father and runs it along with her sister!

Rimppi Kumar - - Inspiring Women of India
8. Bhakti Sharma

The first Asian woman, and the youngest one at that, to swim and create a record in the cold waters of the Antartic!

Bhakti Sharma - Inspiring Women of India
9.Tania Sachdev

Here is a beauty with brains who won the title Women’s Grandmaster in 2005, and International Master in 2008!


They are just a small representation of the amazing, successful and inspiring women that we can all look up to as role models!

Who was / is your woman role model? We would love to hear more!


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