Emerging victorious in any field requires a lot of hard work, perseverance and constantly honing talents and skills. The struggle is real for each and every person. But sometimes the struggle is harder for women because of the pre-existing stereotypes.
However, the world is changing, it is more accommodating, and now equal opportunities are arising for everyone. So on the occasion of International Women's Day 2018, CareerIndia brings to you a small list of the inspirational women, who have made the headlines by hurdling obstacles and making their way to victory.
A doctor turned Miss World 2017, Manushi Chhillar was crowned for her jaw-dropping answer to the question - "Which is the profession that deserves the highest salary and why?" She answered, "A mother deserves the highest respect."
Read here to know more about her achievement.
Although there are quite some women wrestlers now, Kavita Devi carved her name by inspiring other women to be proud of their own identity and to showcase it confidently. How?
She fought in all WWE and wrestling games clad in a chudidhar instead of the standard dress code and made everyone's eyeballs roll. Breaking through the stereotype, she emerged victorious at the world championship.
Read here to know more.
Mahalakshmi Mahadevappa is the first differently abled model in India who instilled confidence in her counterparts to overcome inhibitions over their physical weakness, enlightening that strength is of the mind.
She has modelled for a number of ads for textile and jewellery brands. The 26-year-old beauty tagged real beauty as confidence, motivating her peers to venture into modelling.
What About The Already Successful Women
Some of the established women in their careers still face a lot of challenges in staying in their rings. Yet, their attitude and determination to survive and continuously excel in their careers are phenomenal. Read Sudha Menon's book Devi, Diva or She-devil - The Smart Career Woman's Survival Guide to know how celebrities such as Mary Kom and Farah Khan overcame hurdles in their life and career to emerge successful.
Other Inspiring Personalities Who Paved Way For Empowerment Through Education And Career
Jayalalithaa is the late and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Having lost her mother and mentor early in her life, she marked her career as a self-made women leading lakhs of members in her political party and the entire state of Tamil Nadu for five tenures.
Read here to know about her education and career.
Indra Nooyi is the CEO of PepsiCo. Even she chose traditional attire for interviews over western outfits and flaunted her identity confidently. Starting small, Indra made her way to the board of directors of PepsiCo. It was her hard work and steady determination that made people notice her and in 2006 she was named the successor to Steve Reinemund.
She is known for her progressive career and achievements in making a significant difference in established brands, such as Johnson and Johnson and Pepsi.