After coming a long way since the first International Women’s Day in 1908, the life of women has improved significantly. We have so much to celebrate. Like always, International Women’s Day is garnering all the attention this time too. For the entire week, social media networks like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have been flooded with posts around it. Newspaper and magazines have been painted pink. All that buzz, but just to sing about female power for a single day?
Empowering women isn’t something that should be thought of only once a year “In India, by and large we give proper respect to our women every day, not once a year,” says the septuagenarian nationalist, Sanjay Dalmia. Women in India have always been held in high esteem. As per the Vedas and the Upanishads, the position of a woman was that of a mother (maata) or goddess (Devi). They’re revered in the names of goddesses Saraswati, Durga, Parvati and Kali in our country.
Tracing back the Indian history, there have a number of women who have set a perfect precedent for others. The indomitable Indian Queen of Jhansi — Rani Lakshmi Bai who led an entire army — is a name to reckon when it comes to bravery and courage. A true reflection of Indian women power— simple yet strong—Rani Lakshmi Bai terrified the colonial rulers with her patriotic zeal and power. In the political domain, Indira Gandhi has been one of the most popular and powerful Prime Ministers in the country’s history. Her name and notable line of achievements speak volumes about her.
Reckoned as the Iron Lady of India, Indira Gandhi has catapulted a prominent stature in Indian politics. She happens to be the first woman who led a democratic country. Inspiring enough? Well, such have been the women of India. There are several more leading the path today.
Every day, women are taking the world by storm, and how! Be it the political, social, professional, domestic or familial front, they are transgressing the stereotypes, amidst stigma and raised eyebrows. They are also making news in areas of sports like boxing, wrestling, and cricket, once dominated by men. At present, some of the most prestigious positions in India are held by women.
There isn’t a single domain without the contribution of women. They are making inroads in the traditionally male-dominated sphere of business in India. The country boasts of a number of women who are fiercely ambitious with unprecedented talent and access to robust financial resources, according to Sanjay Dalmia.
Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson of SBI bank, ChandaKochhar, Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank, KiranMazumdar-Shaw, Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon, and Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director of HT Media Ltd, are just to name a few. These women are potent enough to run their organisations and benefit the economy immensely.
According to Mr. Dalmia, women in India are accorded special position in the domestic sphere as well. All important decisions pertaining to the home are taken by her. Delivering various diverse roles flawlessly every single day, they are indeed the real architects of the society. Certainly, the way women are taking the charge of their lives and living it on their own terms proves that they have an empowered mind-set.