International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 globally, to commemorate the spirit of womanhood. Over the years, there has been an attitudinal shift in society for women’s equality & emancipation. The so-called glass ceiling no longer exists and today we have more women as CEOs, scientists, political leaders and role models in every aspect of life. We hereby salute the dynamic avatars of women!
Who Have Inspired Us
A small town girl who made the universe her sacred space! Kalpana Chawla pursued her dreams & became the first woman of Indian origin to fly in space. A PhD in aerospace engineering, Kalpana’s journey to become an astronaut is etched with sheer determination & hard work which will continue to inspire everyone.
Aung San Suu Kyi
State Counsellor of Myanmar
She didn’t give up when she had every reason to! Aung San Suu Kyi faced numerous hardships with her iron like willpower & saved her motherland from dictatorship. Her relentless efforts won her the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1991. After facing house arrest for 15 years, she stood in the Parliament elections & emerged victorious. Such amazing willpower is sure to keep inspiring the upcoming generations.
Popularly known as the most influential woman of her generation, Oprah Winfrey won over everyone’s heart with just one simple mantra – you become what you believe. She has emerged as the richest African American of the 20th century. An entrepreneur, philanthropist, producer, publisher, talk show host – Oprah continues to inspire women across the globe to pursue their dreams.
A novelist, screenwriter and film producer, Rowling is better known for her fantasy book series Harry Potter. Rising from rags to riches, her magical wizarding story embarked on a train from Manchester to London where she conceived the idea for the best-selling series comprising 7 books. She continues to inspire millions of fans with her charitable & social nature.
A pioneer in scientific research, Marie paved her way to success through her work on Radioactivity and is better known for discovering the two elements, Radium and Polonium. Her contributions marked a major turnaround in the history of science which continues to inspire aspiring female scientists from across the globe.
Hailing from a humble background, Lata is one of the most respected playback singers and has won millions of hearts with her melodious voice. Recording songs for over a thousand Hindi films, she has sung in more than 36 regional and foreign languages over a span of 7 decades. Bestowed with the highest awards in Indian Cinema, she is admired throughout the world for her down to earth nature and stands as an inspiration for young and aspiring singers.
Nobel Prize Winner
At a tender age of 11, Malala overcame her fears amidst the male chauvinistic society. While in 7th grade, she started writing blogs for BBC, highlighting the sorry state of affairs in her native place - Swat Valley. The target of a failed assassination from Taliban, Malala did not lose faith in the cause she stood for and became the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Her journey as a Pakistani activist for Female Education is one that will continue to inspire the generations to come.
An epitome of compassion and kindness, Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was a Roman-Catholic Nun and a Missionary. Deeply moved by poverty and illness, she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a congregation that managed homes for terminally-ill patients, orphanage, dispensaries and schools. Fondly called Mother Teresa, she was later recognized as a Saint and was also known as Saint Teresa of Calcutta.