Twenty-sixteen is officially over and the year was exceptionally good for Indian Women. From sports to politics, the blazing trail left behind by Indian women has made the country proud. Take a bow,ladies!
- PV Sindhu
Rio Olympics is an unforgettable one for India, and the number one reason is India’s reigning badminton queen. All of 21, PV Sindhu smashed her way to becoming the first Indian Woman to win a Silver medal at the Olympics.
- J Jayalalithaa
She was fondly referred to as ‘Amma’ by her followers and pretty much the whole of Tamil Nadu.When she passed away, a sea of people gathered in Chennai. A scene that portrayed the support and love she wielded among the masses.
- Sakshi Malik
Here’s our second reason to love the Rio Olympics—Sakshi Malik, the freestyle wrestler with a charming smile. The 24-year old from Haryana beat Geetha Phogat to qualify for the 2016 Olympics and went on to bag the Bronze.
- Indira Nooyi
The PepsiCo CEO & Chairperson was ranked 2nd on Fortune’s list of most powerful women in the world. Breaking barriers with every stride, she heads the US food and beverage giant that recordedover USD 63billion annual net revenue. Now, that’s not an easy job!
- Dipa Karmarkar
She arrived, and how!With the Vault of Death. When Simone Biles (gymnast, Gold at Rio) said, the Produnova should be renamed as the Karmarkar vault, even Yelena Produnova wouldn’t have disagreed. She made India proud by giving the best ever performance by an Indian gymnast at the Olympics.
- Sushma Swaraj
From being the youngest cabinet member of Haryana to becoming the Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj stands tall among the youth of the nation. Her effective use of social media, responsiveness and ‘getting things done’ attitude keep her in news. Even her treatment for kidney failure couldn’t stop her.
- Irom Sharmila
The Iron lady of Manipur ended her 16-year fast protesting against the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act in her home-state. In 2016, she finally decided to end her iconic fast and continue her protest by joining politics, launching the People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance party.
- Priyanka Chopra
Talk about multi-talented and no one does it better that ‘Piggychops’! Actor, singer, producer, and equally at ease gobbling up spicy chicken at the late night shows, who knows what trick she’ll pull out next. She’s the face of India in Hollywood with her TV series Quantico and continues to dazzle Bollywood. To top it all, she’s also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
- Arundhati Bhattacharya
Ranked 25th in the Forbes listof most powerful women in the world, she is the first woman chairperson of State Bank of India. In the past, she has been responsible for introducing several initiatives to reach out to the masses.
- Deepika Padukone
If reports are to be believed, she gets paid more than her male co-stars. But what truly won our hearts is her Live Love Laugh foundation launched to help those struggling with depression. Having undergone her own struggle with the condition, she has been encouraging people to come out and talk about their struggles openly.