Rani Lakshmibai (Jhansi ki Rani)
Rani Lakshmibai popularly known as Jhansi ki Rani was born on 19 November 1828 in Varanasi. Her real name was Manikarnika and her nickname was Manu. She was one of the bravest warriors of India. She fought for Independence of India against The British Raj (Rule). In 1857, She was one of the prominent figures of the Indian Rebellions.
In her respect, a famous sentence was made ‘Khoob ladi mardani wo to jhansi wali rani thi’.
Savitribai Phule was born on 3rd January 1831 in Naigaon, Maharashtra. She was one of the famous social reformers and a poet in India. She played an important role in improving women’s rights, women’s education in The British Raj (Rule). In 1848, Savitribai Phule, with the help of her husband, started first native girl’s school in her village in Pune, Maharashtra. She is also known as first female teacher of India. She played an Important role in women’s education system at that time.
Phoolan Devi (Bandit Queen)
Phoolan Devi or Bandit Queen was a Bandit and later a Member of Parliament from constituency of Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh. Born in a poor family, she grew up in an extreme poverty and faced child abuse from her husband. She was gang raped, tortured by her rivals. This all made Phoolan to pick arms in her hands and to become a Bandit. After becoming Bandit, she took revenge from her rapists and hence she became the robinhood for women from lower caste by breaking the injustice, inequality against them.
Sunita Williams is an Indian origin American Astronaut born in 19 September, 1965. She holds the record for total spacewalks by a Woman (seven) and also holds the record of maximum spacewalks time by a Woman. A perfect inspiration for the girls who want to fly high in the Sky.
Indira Gandhi was born on 19 November 1917 and she was the daughter of late Prime Minister of India ‘Jawaharlal Nehru’. She served as Prime Minister of India from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until her assassination in 1984, making her the second longest serving Prime Minister of India after her father ‘Jawaharlal Nehru’. BBC news gave the title of ‘Women of the Millennium’ to Indira Gandhi in a poll in 1999.
Indra Nooyi is a current Chairperson and a CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage making company in the world in terms of company’s net revenue. She has ranked among the ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ and also ranked 13th in Forbes World’s 100 most powerful women in 2014.
Mary Kom was born on 24 November 1982 in Manipur. She came from a poor family but because of her hardwork and commitment to success, she won Bronze medal in 2012 Summer Olympics. She is also known as ‘Magnificent Mary’ as she is a five time winner of World Amataur Boxing Championship and also the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.
P T Usha
Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha popularly known as P.T. Usha is a famous Indian Athlete who got the title o “Queen of Indian Track and Field”. She won many medals and awards in her career.
Kiran Bedi is a retired IPS officer, Social Activist, Former tennis player and a Politician. Right now she is serving as a Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. She is the first woman to join Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1972.
Sunita Krishnan is a Social Activist and a co-founder of ‘Prajwala’, an NGO working for rescue operations, rehabilitation and reintegration of the sex-trafficked victims in our society. She is a victim of gang-rape hence she works as an anti-human trafficking and helps women and children who were the victims of sex abuse and human-trafficking.
Arundhati Bhattacharya is a current Chair-Managing Director of State Bank of India (SBI). She is also the first female Chairperson of State Bank of India. She was also included in Forbes as 25th most powerful woman in the world list, in 2016.
In India, we see almost 8 out of 10 a big fan of cricket. Cricket is like a religion in India for many people. So, we include the current captain of Indian Women’s Cricket team Mithali Raj in our list. She is a 2nd highest run scorer in Women’s International Cricket and only second women cricketer to surpass 5,500 run mark. She was also awarded Arjuna Award in 2003 and Padmashri in 2015.