7 Indian Women Who Redefined Leadership

The Policy Times salutes these women who have been the torch-bearer of millions of girls at the historic day of International Women’s Day.

7 Indian Women Who Redefined Leadership
7 Indian Women Who Redefined Leadership

At such a historic day when we are celebrating the International Women’s Day, there is a need to acknowledge the true virtue of being a woman. Indeed! The women are a true epitome of love, care, sincerity, patience and a lot of other virtues, women have also proved themselves that if given a similar opportunity they are at par with the men. On such an important day The Policy Times pays its’ acclaimed regards to these 7 women post-independence who redefined the meaning of leadership through their notable contribution in their respective fields.

  1. Mother Teresa :  Known as the Saint Teresa of Calcutta was awarded Nobel Prize for  Peace for her exemplary dedication for serving the poor and the outcast. Even being an Albanian citizen by birth she made India her home and for her whole life she worked for the upliftment of the diseased, orphans and children through her Missionaries of Charity.

2. Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi :  The only female prime minister of India till date was an Indian stateswoman and a central figure of one of the biggest political party of the country. She was one of the politicians who will be always remembered for her effective Indian Foreign Policy measures.

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3. Indra Nooyi :  The first independent female director of International Cricket Council (ICC) Ms. Nooyi is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PepsiCo. She has been a doyen of corporate leadership and  consistently featured as the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

4. Sania Mirza :  The former No. 1 Tennis player has been in limelight for more than a decade. She proved the Indian charisma in a game which has been dominated for years by the European and American players. She was appointed as the UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia.

5. Mira Nair :  The acclaimed director-producer director Ms. Nair changed the overall perception of film-making through her immemorial films. The infusion of Indian culture for the foreign audience has made her a living legend.

6. Priyanka Chopra :  Former Miss World and noted actress, producer, singer Ms. Chopra has been the Indian face of commercial Hollywood movies. At the time when Indian stalwarts were satisfied with guest appearances, she featured in the Quantico series along with Baywatch.

7. Jhumpa Lahiri :  The first Indian writer to grab the No.1 spot on New York Times Bestseller has been an exemplary literary figure at the time when Indian authors are criticized for their Indian melodrama.

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Nitish Raj is an MBA dropout from a renowned management institute of India. Reading novels is his passion and so is writing opinion-editorials and non-fiction articles on social issues related to women empowerment, gender equality, caste system, social transformation. His favourite books are The White Tiger, Eleven Minutes, The Da Vinci Code, Animal Farm amongst many others. Some of his favourite authors are Paulo Coelho, Dan Brown, Munshi Premchand, Franz Kafka, Charles Dickens, etc. Though not a movie freak by fashion, he loves analysing and interpreting Bollywood movie themes and connecting them with real life issues. Notes On A Scandal, Paycheck, Arth, Dil Se, etc. are some of his favourite movies. He has won about 12 awards for academic excellence, other quiz and scholarship competitions and winner of Corporate Quiz Contest, Inter- College Competition, State-Level Quiz Contest and star achiever in organization during the project completion among many others. He is also working on a couple of fiction books on women empowerment and other women issues.