True inspiration stories of Indian women who are the real face of women empowerment

She’s a daughter, she’s a sister, she’s a wife, she’s a mother and she’s a granddaughter. She’s a niece, she’s a friend, she's love but above all, she is herself. She is a woman.

Woman’s Day is the day to celebrate the womanhood not for just a single day but for every instant of our lives. Marking Woman’s Day is so much more than greeting cards and superficial shopping celebrations. It is the day to celebrate the fact that the beautiful one is no longer the weaker one. It is the occasion to remember that women have come a long way from the weaker sections to the leading persons in the history of mankind. Women are at the same level in modern society as their male equivalents. It is wrong for women to wait for the best opportunity, take a step and crest your own opportunity to help you empower yourself as these following women have done.

Take a look at some of the true inspiration which creates a milestone in their respective fields.

Mary Kom

The lady who put utmost efforts to take the boxing from a remote village to the international level, Chungneijang Mary Kom Hmangte, also known as boxing queen Mary Kom, opened the prospect for the future of women’s boxing in India. She is India's first women boxing Olympic participant, she is the only woman boxer to win a medal in each of the 6 world competitions with the title of a five-time winner of the World Amateur Boxing Championship. But for her, it was not a bed of roses. She hails from a poor family but with hard work and consistent she made her way up to become not only the best boxer of India but also the world champion through. She won the Boxing Championship after taking a break from marriage and motherhood.

Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla, born on March 17, 1962, was the first female of Indian origin American astronaut, engineer to go to space. She was born and brought up in Karnal, Haryana. after getting a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aeronautical Engineering she moved to United state for further studies and in 1988 she got a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering.  In 1997 she first flew on her first mission in Space Shuttle named as Columbia as a primary robotic arm operator and mission specialist. In 2003, on her second space mission, Kalpana Chawla died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster along with other seven crew members during its re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. She along the other six crew members awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Ambala polytechnic girls college have been named after her. Several other colleges, institutions, universities have been named in her honor.

Arunima Sinha  

Arunima Sinha, born on 20 July 1988 is the first India female amputee to scale Mount Everest. But it is not as easy as it seems to be. She was a national level volleyball player, she boarded Padmavati Express train at Lucknow for Delhi where some robbers wanting to snatch her bag and gold chain and during which they throw her out of the general compartment where she fell off the parallel railway track. She was unable to move and just when another train on a parallel track crushed her leg below the knee. She had some serious injuries and doctor have to amputate her leg to save her leg. She didn't stop there. She excelled in the basic mountaineering course and reached the summit of Mount Everest with a prosthetic leg. She is Awarded Tenzing Norgay Highest Mountaineering Award and fourth highest civilian award of India Padma Shri. After climbing Mount Everest her next goal was to reach the summit of top seven highest mountains in seven continent. On Jan 4, 2019, after reaching the seventh peak in Antarctica, she became the first female amputee in the world to conquer all the seven highest mountains in seven continent.

Saalumarada Thimmakka

Saalumarada Thimmakka is an excellent example of the concept that age is not a bar when it comes to goodwill. She is an environmental zealot with the age of more than 100. She is famous for her commitment to planting more than 8,000 banyans (Ficus) trees over her entire lifetime. She worked as a laborer in a quarry with no formal education. BBC has mentioned her as a 105-year-old tree lady in the list of the 100 most influential women in 2016.

Laxmi Agarwal

Laxmi Agarwal is the name of hard struggle and courage. She was only 15 years old when some stalker there concentrated acid on her face. After this horrible mishap, she decided to empowered her other acid attack survivors like herself to live a confident life. She carried on campaigns and court petition to make a correct regulation for the sale of Acid. Despite her burnt face Alok Dixit decided to marry her against all the odds and society’s reverence.

Irom Sharmila

Irom Sharmila is a real-life badass civil right activist who went on the longest hunger strike in the world. She was on a hunger strike from more than 16 years. From 2000 she was protesting against the Armed Forces Act in Manipur, India through a hunger strike. This act permits the Indian Armed Forces to act as they should be only in the national emergency which caused the forces to kill 10 civilians. Malom Massacre is the name of the incidence. In August 2016, she finally decided to broke her strike but she is still fighting for the same but in a different way, She decided If she wants to change the system she has to be the part of it. She decided to join politics and she won. Despite all odds, Irom stood up for exactly what she believed. 

Neerja Bhanot

Neerja Bhanot was a purser for the Pan Am based airlines located in Mumbai, India. On September 5th, 1986, her flight was hijacked by terrorists and she was shot by those terrorists while she was saving hundred of onboard passengers. First of all, she kept her mind cool and calm in the tensed situation with her brave determination she singlehandedly saved the lives of majorities of passengers but unfortunately, some of them lost their lives. Due to her sacrifice, she received the highest gallantry award of India for bravery- Ashoka Chakra Award.

Antilog Vacations salute all these inspirational ladies for their handwork and persistence to make this world a better place for women. 


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