Every March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) honours the accomplishments of women around the world, both past and present. In 1911, several European countries, including Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland, organised the first International Women’s Day. IWD is a national holiday in some countries, including China, Afghanistan, Russia, and Burkina Faso. This day also serves as a catalyst for women to commit to overcoming the obstacles that stand in their way.
It is undeniable that women are a formidable force to be reckoned with. Gone are the days when they were confined to their homes and known only for caring for their families. Women are now standing shoulder to shoulder with men, defying expectations and patriarchal traditions to make their mark on the world.
These powerful women, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams, are making history in everything from battling the pandemic to reengineering American politics.
Women’s accomplishments and incredible feats do not receive the same level of recognition as their male counterparts. Against all odds and gender barriers, a number of women around the world have achieved success in various fields. Many women’s efforts, struggles, and passions continue to inspire us today.
Let’s take a look at some of the remarkable women who have made a difference through their efforts.
- On November 7, 2020, Harris became the first woman in American history elected to the vice presidency.
- She’s no stranger to firsts: In 2016, Harris was the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the United States Senate.
- And in 2010, Harris became the first African-American and first woman to serve as California’s attorney general.
- Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s finance minister and minister for corporate affairs, was appointed in May 2019.
- She holds the distinction of becoming India’s first full-time female finance minister.
- Sitharaman worked for the Agricultural Engineers Association in the United Kingdom and the BBC World Service before entering politics.
- She’s also a former member of the National Commission on Women.
Roshni Nadar Malhotra
- Malhotra is the CEO of HCL Corporation, the holding company for all group companies, as well as the chairperson of HCL Technologies, a publicly listed company.
- She is in charge of the $9.9 billion technology company’s business decisions.
- HCL, which was founded by her father, Shiv Nadar, in 1976, played a key role in India’s rise as an IT centre.
- In July 2020, Malhotra succeeded her father as chairman of HCL.
- In 2017, Jacinda Ardern was elected Prime Minister of New Zealand, making her the country’s youngest leader ever.
- She has been defying stereotypes in the workplace since taking power.
- She made history by becoming the first head of state to give birth while in office.
- Not only that, but she is widely credited for her outstanding work in combating COVID-19 and effectively surviving the pandemic.
- Deepika Padukone has been a household name since her debut film ‘Om Shanti Om’ in 2007. She is also one of Bollywood’s highest-paid actors, having earned three Filmfare awards for her outstanding performances.
- Time magazine called her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018. Padukone made her experiences with depression and mental health public when she founded the ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ organisation, which seeks to de-stigmatize mental health in India.
- She was recently named one of only two Indians on Variety’s list of “Women Who Made an Impact on Global Entertainment.” Her most recent film, ‘Chhapaak,’ earned her critical acclaim for her portrayal of the acid attack victim.
- Priyanka Chopra, another high-paid Bollywood actress, is a shining example of how hard work has made her one of the country’s biggest stars.
- There was no turning back since she was crowned Miss World in 2000. She has received several awards over the years, ranging from Filmfare Awards to National Awards, for her ground-breaking performances.
- She is slowly but steadily making her way into Hollywood. She also owns and operates a production business. She recently earned praise for her role in the film adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s novel “The White Tiger,” which she also produced.
- Hima Das is a name that will live long in the memory of Indian sports fans. The sprinter, who hails from Assam and is known as ‘Dhing Express,’ became the first Indian woman and the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a global meet the IAAF Under 20 Championships.
- She was recently promoted to Deputy Superintendent of the Assam Police, a role for which she was internet sent her the warmest wishes.
Here’s to all the women on the planet. May we get to know them better and enjoy what they have to offer!