11 Indian Women Can Strike on Your Brain and thoughts

Gone are the days when women were considered no match for all powerful men in this world. The male dominated world was always reluctant to even acknowledge the fact that women were as good as men on parameters of hard work, intelligence quotient (IQ) and leadership traits. The new generation women across the world have overcome all negative notions and have proved themselves beyond doubt in all spheres of life including the most intricate and cumbersome world of entrepreneurship.

11 Indian Women Can Strike on Your Brain and thoughts 

Yes, there is a section among women who believe in short-cuts but at the same time there is no dearth of women who are confident ,believe in themselves and have enormous fire in their bellies to take on the best in the business and beat them at their own game. India too has its own pool of such bold and fearless women who have made a mark for themselves both within the country as well as overseas. Their relentless zeal, incessant quench for success and willingness to walk the extra mile have broken all myths about their inborn limitations that were supposed to be major roadblocks on their success expressways.

1. Indra Nooyi: 

The Madras-born Nooyi is the president and chief executive officer of PepsiCo, the world`s fourth-largest food and beverage company. According to Forbes magazine`s 2006 poll, Nooyi is the fourth most powerful woman in the world. Fortune Magazine selected her as the Most Powerful Woman in Business in 2006. She would take over as chairperson of PepsiCo on May 2, 2007.

2. Naina Lal Kidwai

Naina Lal Kidwai,55, is presently the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC India. Naina has a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Delhi university and an MBA from Harvard Business school. In fact, Kidwai was the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School.

She started her career with ANZ Grindlays . Presently, she is also serving as a non-executive director on the board of Nestle SA. Kidwai is also global advisor at Harvard Business school. Indian government conferred Padma Shri award on Naina for her contributions in the field of Trade and Industry.

3. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Kiran,59, is the founder Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Biocon Limited. Born in Bangalore, Shaw completed her Bachelors in Zoology from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore University. She later did her post-graduation in Malting and Brewing from Ballarat College, Melbourne University.

She worked as a trainee brewer in Carlton and United Breweries, Melbourne and as a trainee maltster at Barrett Brothers and Burston, Australia. She started Biocon in 1978 and spearheaded its evolution from an industrial enzymes manufacturing company to a fully integrated bio-pharmaceutical company.

Today Biocon under Shaw’s leadership has established itself as a leading player in biomedicine research with a focus on diabetes and oncology. Kiran is also a member of the board of governors of the prestigious Indian School of Business and Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad. Kiran received the prestigious Padma Shri (1989) and the Padma Bhushan (2005) from the government of India.

4. Chanda Kochar

Chanda Kochar, 51, is currently the MD & CEO of india’s largest private bank ICICI Bank. Rajasthan born chanda got Masters Degree in Management Studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. She received the Wockhardt Gold Medal for Excellence in Management Studies as well as the J. N. Bose Gold Medal in Cost Accountancy.

Chanda Kochhar is married to Deepak Kochhar, a wind energy entrepreneur and her Business schoolmate.

5. Sania Mirza: 

Mirza is the highest ranked female tennis player ever from India, with career high rankings of number 31 in singles and 2 in doubles. She became the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament at the 2005 US Open. She has notched up three top 10 wins against Svetlana Kuznetsova, Nadia Petrova and Martina Hingis. Finally wns 4 Grand Slams in 2015.

6.Medha Patkar:

Medha Patkar is one of India'’s most energetic activists. She is loved by millions of Indians. She left her position on the faculty of Tata Institute of Social Sciences when she became immersed in the tribal and peasant communities in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. She founded the Narmada Bachao Andolan to fight for lakhs of people ousted by the Sardar Sarovar Dam and other large dams along the Narmada river.

7. Indu Jain

Indu Jain,76, used to be the chairperson of India’s largest and most powerful media house – The Times Group. A strong votary of women’s rights and women entrepreneurship, Indu contributed immensely to the growth of Times group. Now, her two sons Samir and Vineet are running the company.

Indu Jain is also founder President of the Ladies wing of FICCI (FLO). Indu is also the Chairperson of the Bharatiya Jnanpith Trust, which awards India's most prestigious and highest literary award, the Jnanpith award.

She addressed the United Nations in 2000 at the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, a speech in which she stressed the need for oneness among faiths and went on to chair a special session of the conference.

8. Simone Tata

French by birth and educated in Switzerland, Simone is wife of Naval Homey Jahangir Tata and step mother to Ratan Tata. She is better known as ‘Cosmetic Czarina of India’. She has the distinction of changing a small subsidiary of Tata Oil Mills into the largest cosmetic brand in India – Lakme , that became synonymous with indigenous Indian cosmetics.

In 1996 Tata sold off Lakmé to Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL), and created Trent from the money it made through the sale. Presently, Simone is the chairperson of Trent Limited.

9. Neelam Dhawan

A woman with ‘never-say-die’ spirit, Neelam Dhawan is presently the Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard (HP), India.

Neelam is an iconic figure in Indian IT industry . She is an inspiration for women working in IT sector. She dared to enter the IT world in early 1980s when there were just a handful of women in this industry. At the start of her career she yearned to be a part of major players in the FMCG space such as Asian Paints and Hindustan Lever.

Unfortunately, these organizations did not want a woman to be a part of their marketing and sales efforts and hence she was rejected at the time. But a determined Neelam refused to give up and fought back with laurels galore.

Before joining HP, India as Managing Director (MD) , Neelam was Managing Director (MD) of Microsoft, India. She had successful and rewarding stints with other leading players like IBM and HCL.

10. Irom Chanu Sharmila:

She is known for her campaign against the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 in Manipur. She resorted to hunger strike demanding the repeal of the AFSPA, on November 2, 2000, after soldiers of the Indian Paramilitary Assam Rifles allegedly killed ten young Meitei men in Malom.She is also known as Iron lady from North East India.

11. Ekta Kapoor

Ekta Kapoor is the daughter of legendary star of yesteryears Jeetendra and brother of Bollywood actor Tusshar Kapoor.

Ekta has created a niche for herself in TV serial and film production. She can easily be termed as the most successful female producer of entertainment world. Ekta has produced many successful films including Kyo Kii... Main Jhuth Nahin Bolta , Kucch To Hai Love Sex aur Dhokha, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, Shor in the City, Ragini MMS, Kyaa Super Kool Hai Hum and The Dirty Picture.

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About Neha Nair

Despite being raised Hindu where parents enrolled in a Catholic school and proceeded to enroll in university to study medicine but become model cum entrepreneur.
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