Yes! It is hard to be a woman-You must think like a man, act like a lady, look like a young girl, and work like a horse. The history of Indian Women is full of Legends, who have worked hard and made progress in the fields of Sport, Science, Politics, Education, Law, Social Service etc., Women are the precious gift to the society who always provides an opportunity to attain intellectual and moral standards.
Here I would like to highlight a few Indian women who have worked hard and broken the gender barriers in society.
- Roshini Sharma became the first woman to ride a motorbike from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.
- Arathi Arun, Dental Surgeon from Chennai won 5 Gold Medals in Commonwealth Powerlifting & Bench Press Championship held at Canada and won 4 Gold Medals in Asian Powerlifting Championships held at Hongkong.
- Arunima Sinha is an Indian mountain climber and sportswoman. She is a seven-time Indian Volleyball player, mountaineer, and the World’s first female amputee to scale Mount Everest.
- Jayaveena, an international swimmer from Chennai, won a Silver medal in South Asian Games and bronze medal in Asian Championship. She holds the current National record on 50 breaststrokes.
- Gomathi Marimuthu, from Tamilnadu, won the gold medal in the Women’s 800 m at the 2019 Asian Athletics Championship held in Doha, Qatar.
- Shila Dawre who became the Country’s first woman auto-rickshaw driver.
- Sarla Thakral, received the license for flying aircraft when she was only 21 years old. She became the first Indian woman to fly an aircraft.
- Anitha Pauldurai, a Basketball player from Chennai, who played 9 Asian Championship and received a Gold Medal in Asian Beach Games and Asian championship in 2012 & 2013.
- Asha Roy, the daughter of a vegetable seller is the fastest Indian on track, setting a record at the National Open Athletics Championship in Kolkata in 2011.
- Sapper Shanthi Tigga, 35Year old became the first Indian woman, who is the mother of two, to become a Jawan in the Indian Army.
- Chhavi Rajawat is the first woman sarpanch in India with an MBA Degree
It is popularly said that a woman would be someone’s daughter, sister, wife, or mother, indicating the various stages of her life. All she needs is a little support from her parents, in-laws, husband, and children, to educate and work for herself and family, lead a life with dignity and freedom, become financially independent to spend on her needs and desires, as well as to gain positions of respect in society.
“A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her”. I will end with a quote that, “I want every girl to know that her voice can change the world” said Malala. All she needs to do is just stand and speak up for herself.
Mrs. Alima Zehra
Head, Department of Psychology,
CTTE College for Women, Chennai
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