We all in our lives have heard statements like ‘women shouldn’t be working outside’ or ‘a girl can’t play sports’.Many times women curb their ambition to cater to the standards set by the society and live according to the manual provided by them but some clearly don’t follow the predicament and rebel in their own sweet way. On this International Women’s Day we celebrate a few women who were daring enough to shatter those glass ceilings and live the life of their dreams.
Gita Gopinath is an Indian economist who graduated from Lady Shri Ram College for Women in 1992 and completed her Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics. In October 2018, she joined International Monetary Fund (IMF) as its 1st female Chief Economist.
Anjum Chopra did her graduation from St. Stephen’s College. Anjum was made Captain of the Indian team in 2002. In her first series as skipper, she led India with 7 debutantes to a whitewash win (5/0) over visiting England side, a record victory. She is the first captain to win a Test Series abroad. India won the test match in South Africa in 2002 under her captaincy. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2014.
Sucheta Kriplani was an Indian freedom fighter and politician. She was India’s first woman Chief Minister, serving as the head of the Uttar Pradesh government from 1963 to 1967. She pursued her graduation from Indraprastha College For Women.
Meira Kumar is an Indian politician and five-time Member of Parliament who was the UPA nominee for President of India in the 2017 election. She was the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha and served from 2009 to 2014. She did her Graduation from Miranda House and Post Graduation from Indraprastha College For Women.
Sheila Dikshit is an Indian politician who was the longest serving Chief Minister of Delhi, serving for a period of 15 years from 1998 to 2013. Dikshit led Congress party to three consecutive electoral victories in Delhi. She did her graduation in History from Miranda House.
Manika Batra became 1st Indian woman to bag a commonwealth table tennis individual gold medal in Common Wealth Games 2018 by beating Yu Mengyu of Singapore.She is the top-ranked female table tennis player in India. She studied at Jesus & Mary College.