#BREAKINGSTEREOTYPES: WOMEN WHO ARE WINNING AT LIFE

This women’s day, we all at PostFold decided to celebrate all the women who are #BreakingStereotypes in their own different ways. We know we can possibly never be able to show how much we appreciate all the women in our lives nor can our appreciation ever match the kind of sheer grit and determination that these women have. But here’s our compilation with which we hope to motivate you all because yes, even you can do it!

Padma Shri Laila Tyabji Social Activist & Founder of ‘Dastkar’

She started her career as a freelance designer for textiles, prints & costumes, but eventually realised the need to revive our Indian arts & crafts. She started Dastkar as an initiative to bridge the gap between our rural artisans and the urban buyers. Her efforts have resulted in saving many craft forms from dying out and created a larger and much more informed market for them.

Natasha Noel Social Media Influencer, Writer & Fitness Enthusiast

After losing her mother to suicide and her father to schizophrenia, she was sexually abused at the young age of 7. She spent her life indulging in self-loathing. She finally found her freedom in dance, but an injury took that away from her. Rising from the ashes, Natasha learned to not give up at 21 and learned to be kind to herself, how to love herself and finally decided to take back the reins of her life.

Padma Shri Sunitha Krishnan Social Activist & Founder of ‘Prajwala’

At the tender age of eight, Sunitha wanted to help the less privileged by teaching dance to a few mentally challenged children. By the time she was 15, she was trying to help many get an education but was gang-raped by eight men instead. Despite such a setback and multiple attempts on her life later, she never gave up and is trying to create a better world by rehabilitating the victims of sexual trafficking with her NGO Prajwala.

Padma Shri Geeta Zutshi Indian Track & Field Athlete

In her career as an athlete for India, she not only won many accolades but also broke several records with her grit and determination. Zutshi won the women’s 800m gold medal in the 1978 Asian Games in Bangkok and won silver medals for the 800m in 1982, and for the 1500m in both 1978 and 1982. She was who inspired Bachendri Pal to scale Mt. Everest!

Padma Shri Karnam Malleswari Indian Weightlifter

If anyone says women aren’t strong or that they carry heavy weights, you can give the example of Karnam who won the bronze medal in weightlifting in the Olympic Games of 2000 hosted in Sydney, Australia. She even won a gold in the 1994 World Weightlifting Championship, amongst many others.

Avani, Bhawana & Mohana First Women Fighter Pilots of India

Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi were commissioned as flying officers in the IAF in June 2016. After extensive training, the women pilots were assigned to fighter squadrons. The women volunteered for the fighter stream after the government ended a rigid gender-based combat exclusion policy in the IAF in October 2015.

Major Priya Jhingan First woman officer in the Army

While she was in class 10th, she wrote to the then army chief Sunith Francis Rodrigues to allow her to join the army. Her request was accepted in 1992 making her the first woman cadet in the Indian Army. Her will to serve the the nation started a new movement where the Indian Army finally threw open the gates to recruit women for the first time since its inception.

Vinita Bali Managing Director & CEO, Britannia Industries

Some women like to challenge stereotypes, like that of being a leader in an otherwise male majority setup. A prime example of this would Vinita who has worked a successful career path through Voltas, Cadbury, Coca-Cola & Zyman before she finally ended up at Britannia. She even started the Britannia Nutrition Foundation to help feed malnourished kids. In 2011, Forbes named her on its list of “Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen”.

Shikha Sharma Managing Director & CEO, Axis Bank

With Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi and IIM-A as her alma maters, Shikha Sharma has always strived to achieve the best. In her 29 years with ICICI bank, she achieved many things, her biggest being the setting up of ICICI Securities.In 2009, she moved to Axis Bank and under her leadership, the bank’s stock has gained over 90%. Axis Bank has also received many awards, notably ‘Bank of the Year in India’ for the year 2014 by The Banker Magazine, Financial Times.

We hope you are as inspired by them as we were, and we know that we can never be any less awestruck by these and many more such wonderful women as we are right now.