While the women are considered as the ‘weaker’ ones in our society, there have always been ladies who fought and broke all the barriers in front of them and made a passage for all the young ladies to follow their passion and never settle for anything less than what they deserve. When we talk about female role models some of the names like Mother Teresa, Kalpana Chawla, Indira Gandhi, Pratibha Patil, Mary Kom, Sania Mirza, Chanda Kocchar etc. pop directly in our heads. But, some gems still stay hidden over time in our country and this independence day we celebrate these gems!
1. HIMA DAS
Hima Das is the young Indian sprinter of Assam who created history this year. This 18-year old became the first Indian to win a Gold medal in the track event at the World Junior Athletics Championships in 2018.
2. BHAKTI SHARMA
Bhakti Sharma is an Indian Open Water swimmer. She is the first Asian and even the youngest to set a record in Open Water Swimming in the Antarctic Waters. This 28-year old has been awarded with Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award in 2010.
3. HARSHINI KANHEKAR
A Kind Heart, Brave soul and Fierce mind creates Harshini Kanhekar. She is the First Women Fire-Fighter in the history of India. She believes in burning barriers and making history.
4. PUJA THAKUR
Puja Thakur became the first officer to lead the Inter-Service Guard of Honour that was inspected by US President Barack Obama. She says she joined the Indian Air Force because of the life she wanted for herself.
5. DIPIKA PALLIKAL
The First woman to break into the Top 10 PSA Women’s ranking is Dipika Pallikal. Dipika is a professional Indian Squash Player and the winner of three WIPSA tour titles. Dipika has been awarded with Padma Shri, Arjuna Award for Squash and Big Star Most Entertaining Sportsperson of the Year.
6. TANIA SACHDEV
A perfect combination of ‘Beauty with Brains’ is Tania Sachdev. Being into a Non-Glamorous sport i.e. Chess she has proved that Women just don’t only value external appearances but they are smart too. Sachdev has won titles like Women’s Grandmaster in 2005 and International Master in 2008. She has also received the Arjuna award.
7. IROM CHARU SHARMILA
Popularly known as the ‘Iron Lady’ or “Mengoubi”, Irom Charu Sharmila is a civil rights activist, political activist, and poet from the Indian state of Manipur. She is known to have been on the longest hunger stike in India. The activist has been sitting on a strike for over a decade, demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). Even though her condition has been deteriorating, nothing has deterred the 42-year-old.
8. SITA SAHU
Sprinter Sita Sahu won 2 bronze medals at the 2011 Special Olympics in Athens at the young age of 15. Unfortunately, due to the ignorance and lack of concern from authorities, the girl now sells gol gappe in Dhobiya Tanke in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. She truly deserves a standing ovation from everyone!
9. ARATI SAHA
Arati Saha was an Indian long distance swimmer. Arati Saha became the first Indian and Asian woman to swim across English Channel in the year 1959. She also became the first female sportsperson to be awarded Padma Shri in 1960.
10. SARLA THAKRAL
Sarla Thakral received the license for flying aircrafts when she was only 21 years old. She became the first Indian woman to fly an aircraft. After earning the license, she completed one thousand hours of flying an aircraft and became the first woman pilot to obtain ‘A’ license. She also achieved the title of the first Indian to get airmail pilot’s licence.
Hope these stories of unsung female heroes must have inspired you! Stay tuned in our blogs section for more such stories.