India is a democratic country where every citizen is equal in the eyes of law but other than that, the community is divided between men and women. Growing up as a woman is quite difficult in our society. From every walk of life, there are few who celebrate the very essence of womanhood as in our culture, women are often considered subordinate to men is tough. But to lead life and focus on some crucial goals, we often tend to have some role models, people whom we look up to, people who inspire us to keep pushing our limits and live life the way we want.
So, here we bring you with a list of 20 inspiring kick-ass women, who lived on their own terms and did some awesome work:
- Neerja Bhanot, a flight attendant who lived with courage and dies with dignity while saving passengers from terrorists on board a hijacked airplane. She was only 22 years old, yet so bold and courageous.
- Sarla Thakral, being the first Indian women aged only 21 years to fly an aircraft and to earn an aviation pilot license.
- Savitribai Phule was the first one to make the first girl school in India and also became the first woman teacher of our country.
- Sindhutai Sapkalhas has devoted her entire life to raising 1050 orphan children. Popularly known as the ‘Mother of Orphans’, she now has a huge family of 207 son-in-laws, 36 daughter-in-laws, and over 1000 grandchildren.
- Mary Kom, our very own, ‘Magnificent Mary’ is a tough lady, five-time World Amateur Boxing champion. She is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in all six world championships and she’s also the first Indian woman boxer to win a Gold Medal in the Asian Games (2014).
- Saalumarada Thimmakka all alone planted and nurtured 384 all along the stretch of a highway. It’s her hard work that she and her husband every day traveled a long distance of 4 km to water the trees by carrying heavy buckets of water.
- Lakshmi Sahgal or ‘Captain Lakshmi’ was a renowned doctor, and a revolutionary soldier in the Indian struggle for independence, an officer of the Indian National Army, a politician, social activists, a prisoner of war and one of the founding mothers of ‘All India Democratic Women’s Association’. Need I say anymore!