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India’s Next Top Role Model

In Indian tradition, women are an incarnation of Shakti, the Goddess of Power. We believe that women empowerment is vital to our development. Women in India are now reaching great heights and proving to be no less than a man, by making our country in various vast fields.  On a daily basis, there are shocking stories in the media about violent crimes committed against women, yet I can only imagine how many more crimes there are against women in India that go unreported. This is not an India specific issue.

Our history has references to women of remarkable talent and determination. Our space programmes, including the Mars orbital mission, have had an immense contribution from women scientists.  3 out 4 oldest high courts in India are now headed by women judges. Our sportswomen have done the country proud Saina Nehwal, P.V Sindhu and Sania Mirza has bought laurels to India. Differences and disparity between girls and boys, women and men can be seen from a very age in India. For example, girls were pulled out from school when hit puberty because they are considered ready for marriage and babies that’s 12 and 13 while boys still enjoyed their childhood. Our basic human rights such as health care were denied just because they were women.

I would like to quote this famous and beautiful lines ” The hand that rocks the cradle, the procreator, the mother of tomorrow a woman shapes the destiny of civilization such as the tragic irony of faith that is a beautiful creation such as a girl child is today one of the gravest concerns facing humanity.” Girls have the power to change the world, it is a fact and yet today girls are more likely to stop getting after their primary school due to various invalid reasons as compared to boys.

NOW I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE A NEW STRONG AND POWERFUL WORD TO YOUR DICTIONARY  :

 SHERO

noun A woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities; a heroine.

HERE ARE A  FEW WOMEN WHO  CREATED A REVOLUTION IN INDIA AND ENCOURAGED US TO DO SO :

1. RUKHMABAI RAUT  – 1884

RUKHMABAI RAUT  - 1884

FIRST PRACTISING FEMALE DOCTOR IN INDIA

Rukhmabai (22 November 1864 – 25 September 1955) was an Indian physician and feminist. She is best known for being one of the first practicing women doctors in colonial India as well as being involved in raising the Age of consent for women in marriage in Pre – British India. This all started when Rukhmabai was forced to marry at the tender age of 11, she then refused to sleep with her husband and was obstinate and strong-willed about studying further and become a doctor. She then wrote a letter to Queen Victoria regarding Child Marriage, who replied to her letter saying that she hereby nulls and raises the minimum age consent for all women of India. A movie named “Untold Story of Rukhmabai” was released in 2016. Google even made a doodle of her on her birthday on their webpage.

2.  PREM MATHUR – 1947

PREM MATHUR - 1947

FIRST FEMALE COMMERCIAL PILOT IN INDIA

Prem Mathur is the first Indian woman commercial pilot and initially started flying for Deccan Airways. She obtained her commercial pilot’s license in 1947. In 1949, she won the National Air Race. Mathur was rejected by eight airlines before she got a job at Deccan Airways in Hyderabad in 1947. She was offered the job at the age of 38 where she became the first Indian woman to fly a commercial plane. She received her license from the Allahabad Flying Club. She flew her first plane as a co-pilot. During her career at Deccan Airways, she flew high-profile people like Indira Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shashtri and Lady Mountbatten.

3. PRIYA JHINGAN – 1993

PRIYA JHINGAN - 1993

FIRST WOMEN TO JOIN THE INDIAN ARMY

Enrolled as Cadet no 001, Priya Jhingan became the first woman cadet to join the Indian Army alongside a batch of 25 other feisty women – the first batch of women who became trailblazers for women in the armed forces. She later went on to become Major Priya Jhingan. After retirement, Jhingan cleared the Haryana Judicial Services but ended up not joining the Judicial Service. She then completed a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Mass Communication and took up editing a weekly, Sikkim Express in Gangtok.

WATCH THIS VIDEO ABOUT MODERN OPINIONS ABOUT THE YOUNGER GENERATION OF GIRLS  (SHE’S SPEAKING HER HEART OUT WITHOUT ANY HESITATION) :

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