For a long time women in India have been kept under the shadow of men. They were not given a chance to come out and show their potential. They were kept behind the veil while men ruled the country. But now women have come out of the veil and are doing things they want to. They are following their passion and are even leaving behind men in every field. There are some women who too the initiative and were the inspiration for many others to follow them. They set an example and told the world that they can do whatever they want if the decide on it. Here are few such women who set an example for all the women in the country.
Kiran Bedi is the first Indian woman to become an IPS (Indian Police Officer) and not just that she was also the highest raking woman officer in the police force till date. She held the post of Director General at the Bureau of Police Research and Development before she voluntarily retired from the IPS in December 2007, which she had joined in 1972. Now she has retired and works as a social activist. She also founded two NGOs namely Navjyoti and Indian Vision Foundation. These NGOs work for the betterment of women and children. She palyed a major part in the formation of India Against Corruption and later on the Jan Lokpal Bill. She played a very important role throughout the movement. She has been bestowed with many awards and was also given an honory doctorate in law.
She is a politician who served as the 12th president and the first woman president of the country. Born in a small district of Jalgoan in Maharashtra, she was never in the lime light and was always low key. She was voted for the president by the UPA (United Party Alliance) and Indian Left. She entered politics in 1962 after completing her law degree from government law college, Mumbai. In 1985 she won a seat in the Rajya Sabha (upper chamber of the Indian parliament), and she served as deputy chairman of that body from 1986 to 1988. She served the office from 2007 to 2012. Her term was very controversial for various reasons. For example, during her term as president, she acquitted the death sentences of 35 petitioners to life. Among these petitioners were people who were convicted of mass murder, kidnapping, rape and killing of children. Also she had spent more money than any other president on foreign trips and also the number of foreign trips she took was much more than any other president before her.
“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus. ” These are the words of Mother Teresa. Mother Teresa was the first Indian woman to win a nobel prize. She joined the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as the Sisters of Loreto, in Ireland. There she received the name Sister Mary. She worked for the poor all her life and even during the last years of her life, despite increasingly severe health problems, she continued to govern her Society and respond to the needs of the poor and the Church. By 1997, Mother Teresa’s Sisters numbered nearly 4,000 members and were established in 610 foundations in 123 countries of the world. She was one woman who gave up everything to help the needy, to care for the uncared for, to love the unloved.
Mamta Banerjee is famous for two reasons. She was not only the first woman to be the Chief Minister of Bengal, but also she was the first even female Minister of Railways, a position she has served twice. Not just this she has also served as a member on many of the Parliamentary Committees and was appointed as a Minister of State for Youth and Sports, Women and Child Development, Government of India in 1991. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Times magazine in 2012. She was also voted India’s most honest politician by the members of India Against Corruption. She started her career as a part of the Congress in West Bengal but later on she left the party in 1997 to form her own party namely All India Trinamool Congress. Despite her busy schedule she has authored over twenty books and make over five thousand oil paintings some of which were auctioned. She donated the money for a social cause.
Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian- American astronaut and first woman in space ever. She was born in Karnal in 1962. She always dreamed of the sky and space. She began working in NASA in 1988. She was a part of the six membered crew who flew the Space Shuttle Colombia flight STS-87. She stayed in space for more than 372 hours. After which she was again selected to go to space on a mission in 2003. She died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster that took place on February 1, 2003. She was one of the seven crew members to die onboard when the Space Shuttle disintegrated over Texas.