Women’s day: 5 inspiring Indian women

Team AAW is celebrating International Women’s Day week and to salute the spirit of womanhood, Team AAW brings to you the most inspiring women whose passion for work and their excellence on the job created a niche for them. They changed the rules of their industry and the society too. Here are top 5 women everyone should take inspiration from:

Dr. Kiran Bedi



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A position of Responsibility… to serve the people of #Puducherry. . . Photo by @prabukannawildlife, Official Photographer at RajNivas

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India’s first and highest ranking female Indian Police Service (IPS) officer.

Why is she an inspiration: She is an inspiration because she stepped beyond the traditional role assigned to women and set a benchmark of courage for others.

Her achievements: She introduced major jail reforms giving the prisoners inside the crowded jail a decent stay and she took a stand against corruption.

Ekta Kapoor


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Joint Managing Director and Creative Director of Balaji Telefilms,

Why is she an inspiration: The queen of Indian television bought a major reform in the TV industry and was the first female director and producer to make it big. She started her production house from her father’s garage and today runs a billion dollar industry and is often referred to as the Queen of Indian TV.

Her achievements: She has produced numerous TV serials and films and has been awarded with abundant awards.

Barkha Dutt

Indian television journalist and columnist. She is a group editor with NDTV

Why is she an inspiration: She is an inspiration for all budding female journalists for her contribution to the field of media.

Her achievements: In a male-dominated world, Barkha Dutt has portrayed fierce journalism through her coverage of the Kargil war and the 2004 Tsunami.  In 2004 she won a Padma Shri and been at the receiving end of a number of award and accolades.

Sampat Pal


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This saturday’s shout out goes to the Gulabi Gang, in particular their founder Sampat Pal. The gang of women started in Uttar Pradesh and consists of ‘rural women in pink sarees, wielding bamboo sticks in pursuit of justice’. The group is growing and spreading accross india with over 400,000 members! The women are taught self defence skills (using bamboo sticks) as well women’s rights and how the patriotic system oppresses them. This grass-roots awareness-raising project has turned into an overwhelming uprising of feminist consciousness and it all started with ONE WOMAN! Get out there like Sampat did and start something amazing to fight the gender based oppression that continues to exist! Love, Young Feminists London #YoungFeministsLondon #intersectionality #intersectionalfeminist #WOC #gulabigang #sampatpal #sayhername #womeninhistory #femalewarrior

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Founder of Gulabi Gang

Why is she an inspiration:  Sampat Pal, an illiterate and mother of five, started an extraordinary women’s movement in 2006 in Uttar Pradesh to punish oppressive husbands, fathers and brothers, and to combat domestic violence and desertion which was a common problem for most rural women.

Her achievements:  Originally it was women who were abused or cast out by their husbands who became part of the Gulabi Gang but now it is extended to female illiteracy, child labour, child marriages and dowry demands and has thousands of women members and even male supporters. The upcoming movie starring Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla is based on the story of Sampat Pal.

Subhreet Kaur Ghumman

A dancer and contestant on a reality show

Why is she an inspiration- Subh as she is fondly known as lost her leg in a road accident on Oct 21, 2009, but still she didn’t lose hope and continued with her passion for dancing and proved her life’s motto, “NEVER GIVE UP.

Her Achievements- She got selected in INDIA’S GOT TALENT and has a huge fan following on her facebook page. Her never say die attitude is inspiring on so many levels.

Do you think we missed someone? Well write in the comments section below and we might add her!