On the occasion of International Women's Day, we thought we’d take the opportunity to round up some inspiring women across the country who have both inspired us and made it possible for us to succeed in the work we do. Here we bring you a list of 10 wonder Women’s who have done some really awesome work!
1. Kalpana Chawla
Kalpana Chawla was an Indian American astronaut and the first woman of Indian origin in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. A role model for many young women in India and around the world, Kalpana will always be remembered for her incredible journey from Karnal, where she was born, to NASA, where she fulfilled her dream of reaching the stars.
2. Bhakti Sharma
Bhakti Sharma is a 27-year-old Indian Open water swimmer who comes from the desert land of Rajasthan, India. Bhakti Sharma was introduced to deep waters by her mother-cum-coach, Leena Sharma at two and a half years of age. She is the first Asian woman and the youngest in the world to set a record in open swimming in Antarctic waters
3. Arunima Sinha
Arunima Sinha is the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest. She is also the first Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest. Arunima in his own words “I (Arunima Sinha), the national level volleyball player has become world's first Indian female amputee to climb Mount Everest even after going through a tragedy in which I lost my one leg. I had serious leg and pelvic injuries, and to save my life, doctors amputated my left leg. At the hospital I lost my leg but didn't lose my heart, I decided that I would live my life with dignity and self -respect so that people don't look at me with pity.”
Chungneijang Mery Kom Hmangte, better known as Mary Kom, is an Olympic Indian boxer hailing from the Kom-Kuki tribe in Manipur. Few Indian sportswomen have made a mark in the Indian sports arena. Today, women are coming forward from all walks of life. She had won a silver medal in the year 2008 at the Asian games and Gold at China’s AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship.
5. Neerja Bhanot
Neerja Bhanot, AC, was a purser for the airline Pan American World Airways, based in Mumbai, India. She was shot and killed while saving hundreds of passengers on board Pan Am Flight 73, which was hijacked by terrorists on 5 September 1986. She had won many awards such as:
-- Ashoka Chakra 1987 -- India Tamgha-e-Insaaniyat (for showing incredible human kindness), Pakistan -- Flight Safety Foundation Heroism Award 1987, United States -- Justice for Crimes Award 2005, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, United States -- Special Courage Award 2006, United States Department of Justice, United States -- Civil Aviation Ministry Award 2011, India -- Bharat Gaurav Award presented at the House of Commons, UK Parliament on July 2, 2016
6. Sunita Williams
Sunita William (born September 19, 1965) is an Astronaut and United States Navy officer of Indian-Slovenian descent. She holds the records for total spacewalks by a woman and most spacewalk time for a woman (50 hours, 40 minutes). Williams was assigned to the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 14 and Expedition 15. In 2012, she served as a flight engineer on Expedition 32 and then commander of Expedition 33.
7. Shakuntala Devi
Shakuntala Devi was an Indian writer and mental calculator, popularly known as the "human computer". A child prodigy, her talent earned her a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.
8. P.T. Usha
Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha, popularly known as P. T. Usha, is a retired Indian track and field athlete. She has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979. She is regarded as one of the greatest athletes India has ever produced and is often called the "queen of Indian track and field". She holds a record of 55.42 seconds in Los Angeles, the very first time the 400m hurdles was added to the women's athletics. This is the current Indian national record. Won 5 gold medals and 1 bronze in 1985, at the Jakarta Asian Athletic meet
9. Rani Lakshmi Bai
Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi, born as Manikarnika, was the queen of the Maratha-ruled Jhansi State, situated in the north-central part of India. Rani Lakshmi Bai's achievements were incredible and immortal. She was one of the leading figures of Sepoy Mutiny in 1857 and a symbol of resistance to British rule in India. She and her army fought bravely against the British.The war lasted for about two weeks.She gave a fierce attack on the British and rallied the troops around her.
10. Tessy Thomas
Tessy Thomas is an engineer and the Project Director for Agni-IV missile in Defence Research and Development Organisation. She is the first woman engineer to head a missile project in India. She is known as the 'Missile Woman' of India.