Women breaking barriers Photo by GDJ / CC0 Creative Commons
Women are leading the charge of changemakers in the World. The participation
of women outside the house is increasing day by day, especially right here in
India. Women have not only been stepping out, but also making the country proud
in the process. Their stories are inspiring as they set the benchmark for other
women to follow their dreams. Today, we celebrate the women who are making
India proud and breaking the mould. Read about these inspirational women here:
1) India’s first female F1 racer and female national racing champion
Abdullah is not only the first female car and bike racer in India, but
she has also inspired hundreds of Indian girls to join this profession and
teach them the skills requires to succeed as a racer through her academy.
Her racing career spans across thirteen years, during which she has won the MRF
National Go-Karting Championship and the Best Novice Award in National level
Formula Car Racing, and finished fifth at the JK Tyre National Championship.
2) India’s First woman to Play Professional Poker
Muskan Sethi, from New Delhi, successfully broke into one of the male-dominated
sports and is the first Indian female professional poker player. She’s so good
that she was also honoured by
the President of India last year for the same. She is an avid social
worker and frequently uses her award prizes in her humanitarian efforts. She
will be representing India this summer at the World Series of Poker.
3) First Indian woman to win a Grammy Award
Tanvi Shah is the first woman to win the Grammy award, along with A.R.
Rehman and Gulzar, for the song Jai Ho in India. However, her talent
goes way beyond Hindi songwriting. She also sings in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu,
Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese and other Latin languages. Her other achievements
include winning the World Soundtrack Award (2009) and the BMI Award (2009), and
featuring on the songs of various artists and films across the world in 5
4) First female judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court
Fathima Beevi, a Keralite, was not just the first woman to be appointed as a
judge in the Supreme Court, but was also the first Muslim woman to be appointed
to any higher judiciary. Her professional
career is full of impressive achievements, which include a membership
to the National Human Rights Commission and holding the positoin of Governor in
Tamil Nadu from 1997 to 2001. Fathima Beevi’s career is an exemplary example of
a woman breaking the barriers of societal biases to make her space in a
profession that was considered a man’s prerogative.
5) First female detective of India
Rajani Pandit, hailing from Maharashtra, is the first female private
detective of India. She has solved 75 thousand cases both at the national and
international level. Her work experience in this profession, which has scared
even the most daring men, spans across 22 years. During her murder
investigations, she has gone undercover many times in great dangers with her
tape recorder to catch the criminals.
6) First Indian Woman to sign with WWE
Kavita Devi is the first
female WWE champion from Haryana, India. Her road to the top has not
been easy, peppered with many obstacles, one of them being, the language
barrier. The 32-year-old was trained by ‘The Great Khali’ at his training
academy in Punjab. She took part in WWE’s biggest stage during the Women’s
Battle Royal at WrestleMania in New Orleans in 2018.
These women have proved that women can blossom in any profession if given a chance. They are also great role models for women who will follow their steps to make the nation prouder with their talent and skills. We salute and remember these women who have grown through various societal biases and stereotypes to enter a profession that has been always viewed as a man’s job. These women’s effort to enter these professions not only gives hope to women to step out and achieve their dreams but also increase the participation and representation of women in all spheres of human work.Photo Credits
Feature Image: Photo by GDJ / CC0 Creative Commons
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