One thing that has been established about women the world over is – you tell them they can’t do it, and they’ll show you how it’s done. Be is athletics, finance, medicine or stand-up, women are at the top of the game everywhere.
Here is the list of 6 Indian sheroes who transformed their struggles into stepping stones and set an example for all of us!
Dr. Jyotsna Suri, CMD of The Lalit Group
Dr. Jyotsna Suri, Chairperson and Managing Director, of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, has emerged as a role model for young women across the globe. She works closely with all key departments – from housekeeping, food & beverage, marketing, sales, and finance. Knowing the process up close, she has ticked every box when it comes to being a wholesome hotelier. Talking about her experience, she said, “I went headlong into the development of the hotels. I was propelled with an unusual energy, which resulted in us doubling our inventory. We grew from six hotels to 14, in a record time.”
Ex-FICCI President, Dr Suri believes in developing destinations and not just hotels. Through her hotels, she spreads the message of sustainability. The group is famous for its PureLove, We Care campaigns – taking a step towards water conservation, extending a friendly hand towards the LGBTQ+ community, running food distribution drives, avoiding the use of plastic and much more.
Recently, Dr. Jyotsna Suri was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star by the Government of Japan. She is in fact the first Indian woman to have received the Imperial honour. The award is in recognition of Dr. Suri’s contribution to strengthening strategic ties between India and Japan in the economic and tourism sectors.
Bhakti Sharma, Swimmer
Bhakti Sharma, from Rajasthan, is the first Asian woman and the youngest in the world to set a world record in open swimming across the Antarctic waters. In 2012, she received the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award from President Pranab Mukherjee for her achievements.
She’s truly a role model for all the sports enthusiasts out there!
Arunima Sinha, Amputee Mountaineer
In 2013, Arunima Sinha became India’s first amputee to climb Mount Everest. In January last year, she also became the first female amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica. Hats off to her courage and grit!
Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi, Fighter Pilot
Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi has created history by becoming the first female fighter pilot to fly solo. She is also the first woman from the Indian Air Force to complete a solo flight on the MiG-21 Bison fighter aircraft.
Gita Gopinath, Chief Economist at IMF
Kerala born Gita Gopinath became an inspiration for every Indian when she was appointed as the chief economist at the IMF, the only woman to have taken this position to date. She is the second Indian after former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan to hold this prestigious position.
We’re ever so proud of this inspiring lot!