It is a well-established fact that there are no shortcuts to success. As they say, “Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable”.
There are several women from almost every walk of life who are celebrated for their contributions and achievements. These women have left everyone spellbound with their unmatched talent and skills.
But they all had one thing in common and that is their capability to see things differently and chase their dreams. One thing is for sure that the major difference between victory and failure is mostly not quitting. There are many talented women who are criticized by the society, but nothing could hold them back.
There are several Indian women also, who had the courage to stand up for their rights. They decided to fight their battles in spite of limitations and restrictions. Their exemplary dedication has made them shining beacons of hope. It is important to have the courage to pursue the dreams to make them come true.
There goes a saying, “When you cease to dream you cease to live”.
Read on to find about the 15 women achievers from across the globe, we should not forget.
1. Chhavi Rajawat:
She is a woman of substance and had the courage to give up a high profile corporate job. Rajawat is known to be the first woman sarpanch in India who also bagged an MBA degree. She had the vision to live up to and decided to leave her job for contributing to the society. She became the sarpanch of a small village near Jaipur, Soda. Chhavi decided to give it back to mankind by implementing several projects that include toilet facilities and rainwater harvesting.
2. Michelle Obama:
Michelle Obama was the former first lady of the United States. According to her, “There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” This dignified lady raised by her parents in a small apartment in Chicago. She pursued higher studies at Princeton and Harvard. And since then there has been no turning back. Later on, she worked on several campaigns against childhood obesity.
3. Chanda Kocchar:
Chanda is well known as one of the most successful and powerful bankers. Chanda Kocchar is the living inspiration for many who want to make it big in the banking sector. She is the MD and CEO of the second largest bank and largest private bank in India, ICICI bank. She is the recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award and also made a position for herself in the Forbes list of “The World’s Most Powerful Women” for the year 2013.
4. Kirthiga Reddy:
Facebook does not require any kind of introduction. She is the director and head of online operations, Facebook India. She had a tough start as her father worked at a steel company and had to move from one place to another. She learned how to adjust in different kinds of environments. As luck would have it, she had to make the tough choice between Engineering and Medicine. Kirthiga got the opportunity to work with reputed companies like Motorola and Silicon Graphics. She became a corporate honcho within no time and believes in leaving no stone unturned in going after her dreams.
5. Mother Teresa:
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa received the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in the year 1979. She believed in looking at things differently and wished to take care of the underprivileged ones.
6. Benazir Bhutto:
She was one of its kind and has the guts to head a Muslim state. She was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan. She fought for women’s rights and worked towards ending the military dictatorship in the country.
7. Nirupama Rao:
In the earlier days, it was a rare sight to find the Indian women associated with diplomacy. But Nirupama Rao believed in changing the trend and became a source of inspiration for many. She joined the Indian Foreign Service in the year 1973 and spent her entire professional life in civil services.
Madonna has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry. She is associated with an unparalleled level of control and power. This talented lady deserves applause for her contributions are various fields like production, songwriting, acting, film directing fashion designing and book writing.
She was the first woman IPS officer in India and has also worked for several social causes. She worked with a lot of zeal and made a whole-hearted contribution as a social activist and the first woman IPS officer in the country. This former tennis player became the first Indian woman to be appointed as a Police Advisor (Secretary-General of the United Nations).
10. Asha Roy:
This woman never learned to give up. She is well known as the fastest Indian on the track and has set a record in the year 2011 at the National Open Athletics Championship, Kolkata.
11. Lata Mangeshkar:
She needs no introduction and is known as the “Nightingale of India”. She has recorded for more than thousand movies, both Hindi as well as regional language. Lata Mangeshkar has won hearts of many with her mesmerizing voice and has received The Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan, Dada Saheb Phalke Award Padma Vibhusan and National Film Award.
12. Medha Patkar:
Medha is a politician and social reformer. At a very early age, she started focusing on the public service. She felt the need to offer her services to the underprivileged ones.
13. Kunjarani Devi:
She is the most celebrated woman in weightlifting from India. This 46-year-old woman won the esteemed Arjuna award in the year 1990.
14. Mary Quant:
“Fashion is not frivolous. It is a part of being alive today.”
She was a renowned fashion designer and had a major role to play in shaping the image of the undulation sixties. She was credited with creating the miniskirt and hot pants.
15. K Rowling:
J.K. Rowling successfully broke the trap of paucity with her record-breaking series Harry Potter. By now, she sold more than 400 million copies and has a huge fan falling. She became a multi-millionaire within a time period of five years, after the release of the book.
These women have shown the world that success is all about going from failure to failure without the loss of zeal.