Let us acknowledge the women achievers of 2015. These dynamite ladies became the torchbearers of woman power with their amazing achievements in the past year. Their success made every family in the nation look at their daughters in a whole new light of radiance and more importantly, hope.
- Saina Nehwal
The ace badminton player of a cricket-crazy country, she was recently awarded the Padma Bhushan award. Nehwal is known for ushering a renewed interest in badminton. Trailblazer Saina Nehwal ascended the stairs to claim the much-coveted world no.1 spot in the game. The first Indian woman and the second Indian to have achieved this feat, Nehwal is solid proof of how far a woman can go if she is left to her own devices!
- Sania Mirza
The golden girl of tennis has made inspiring Indians all over the world her life’s mission. Super slammer Sania was sensational the past year. With a prolific doubles partner like Martina Hingis, this duo was literally invincible in 2015. Sania won 10 titles in 2015 and the duo even nailed the glorious Wimbledon Women’s doubles crown. The nation bestowed upon her two great honors in sports, the Khel Ratna Award and Padma Bhushan, making it the perfect icing on the cake.
- Deepika Padukone
The immensely-talented actress undoubtedly owned the year in Bolly land. Her immaculate portrayal of ‘Piku’ and ‘Tara’ and her fine-tuned acting skills that rocked the character of ‘Mastani’ left all of us ecstatic and most importantly moved.
- Priyanka Chopra
PC has been reigning over Bollywood for the past 16 years. She is a recipient of the Padma Shri award announced on January 25. Last year, when she set her eyes upon the West, it only meant that she was going to be a pioneer amongst Indian women in the entertainment industry. Whether it is ‘Alex’ from Quantico or ‘Kashibai’ from Bajirao Mastani, she shows us that with great skills and a single-minded determination, the sky is the limit for anyone out there!
- Sanjukta Parashar
This super cop is the face of terror for the Bodo militants of Assam. She fights tooth and nail against ant-social elements and has taken down over 16 militants, arrested more than 64 and seized tones of arms and ammunition. This highly-educated epitome of courage and tenacity is also a proud mother and is married to an IAS officer.
- Heena Sidhu
The first Indian woman to have clinched the gold medal in women’s 10 metre air pistol at the 8th Asian Air Gun Championship, Heena Sindhu is yet another sportsperson who had to fight for the right to pursue her passion.
- Deborah Herold
Finally, we have a cyclist who is in the top rankings from India. Deborah dazzled her way to the finish line securing a stunning World Number 4 ranking in the arena of competitive cycling. The day when the Indian tricolor will be seen blazing with pride in world cycling events is not very far.
- Indra Nooyi
We love her. She is probably the only woman CEO who is most renowned amongst Indians world-wide. A woman of great leadership, Indra Nooyi has watched over the growth of Pepsi and its products over the past 8 years like a hawk. Her idea to introduce products that are healthier than the usual sugary drinks and high sodium chips has helped Pepsi not merely survive but also flourish.
These phenomenal women and their life stories must be told to the entire women folk out there. These stories are any day better than a typical fairy tale because these are stories that will never cease to encourage our daughters, sisters, mothers and friends to dare to live their lives on their own terms!