The status of women in India has been subject to many great changes over the past few millennia. Earlier, women in India were considered inferior to men! From a largely unknown status in ancient times through the low points of the medieval period, to the promotion of equal rights by many reformers, the history of women in India has been eventful and encouraging. From being home makers, they, now have come ahead in almost all branches of life and now . Here let us take a look at some Indian women who made some remarkable achievements the past year.
The girl from Hisar district of Haryana made us proud by winning the bronze medal in women’s badminton at the 2012 London Olympics. At a young age of 22, she has already achieved a lot of accolades and awards. She is a role model to many young girls. She won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and the civilian award of Padma Shri.
M C Mary Kom
Another sportsperson in this list, she is a boxer and mother of two. She belongs to Manipur. She made history by winning the bronze medal in women’s boxing at the 2012 London Olympics. In the ring she is ruthless and aggressive, lashing out punches at opponents. On the other hand, at home, a loving mother of two boys. She is how a woman should be; Strong and loving/caring at the same time!
Naina Lal Kidwai
She is the current Group General Manager and the Country Head of HSBC India. A chartered accountant by profession , she is also mother of two children. Kidwai has frequently featured in the Fortune Global List of top women in business. OnDecember 2012,she was appointed as the president of FICCI, the first woman to take over an industry chamber.
Aishwarya Rai Bachhan
Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan was honoured by France with a prestigious civilian award . She was conferred the honour of ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), the second highest civilian French honour on November 2012. Further, she was appointed the UN Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS.
In the year 2012,Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi was named the 6th most powerful woman in its list of 100 influential women. She was ranked 7th in 2010.
Nivedita Bhasin was born in 1963 and got her license when she was 18. She became India’s first woman check-pilot on Airbus A300 aircraft. In 2012, she became the first woman pilot to fly the Boieng 787 Dreamliner aircraft.