“Self-Made” Indian Women to whom India feels proud and will always.


  1. Kalpana Chawla

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Kalpana Chawla was an Indian American astronaut and the first Indian woman in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

  1. Irom Chanu Sharmila

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Irom Chanu Sharmila also known as the “Iron Lady of Manipur” is a civil rights activist, political activist, and poet from the Indian state of Manipur. On 2 November 2000, she began a hunger strike which is still ongoing. Having refused food and water for more than 500 weeks, she has been called “the world’s longest hunger striker”. On International Women’s Day, 2014 she was voted the top woman icon of India by MSN Poll.

  1. Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi

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She is an India-born, naturalized American, business executive and the current Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, the secondlargest food and beverage business in the world by net revenue. She has consistently ranked among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.In2014, she was ranked 13 in the list of Forbes World’s 100 most powerful women.

  1. Chanda Kochhar

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Chanda was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan and raised in Jaipur, Rajasthan.Chanda Kochhar is the managing director (MD) and chief executive officer (CEO) of ICICI Bank. ICICI Bank is India’s largest private bank and overall second largest bank in the country. She also heads the Corporate Centre of ICICI Bank.

  1. Geeta Phogat

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Geeta Phogat is a female wrestler from India who won India’s first ever gold medal in women’s wrestling in the 55 kg freestyle category at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She is also the first-ever Indian woman wrestler to have qualified for the Olympics.She is currently sponsored by JSW Sport under the Sports Excellence Programme.

  1. MC Mary Kom

Gold medallist India's Hmangte Chungneijang Mary Kom celebrates during the victory ceremony after winning the women's flyweight (48-51kg) boxing final match against Kazakhstan's Shekerbekova Zhaina during the 2014 Asian Games at the Seonhak Gymnasium in Incheon on October 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ INDRANIL MUKHERJEE

Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, also known as MC Mary Kom, or simply Mary Kom, is a boxer from Manipur, India. She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.

  1. Lata Mangeshkar

Singer Lata Mangeshkar looks on at the launch of her hindi music album 'Saadgi' or Simplicity, on World Music Day, in Mumbai, India, Thursday, June 21, 2007. Mangeshkar has released a music album after a gap of 17 years. (AP Photo/Rajesh Nirgude)

Lata Mangeshkar is an Indian playback singer, and occasional music-composer. She is one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in India. Mangeshkar’s career started in 1942 and has spanned over seven decades.

  1. Saina Nehwal

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Saina Nehwal is an Indian badminton player who has been for some time ranked No.1 in the world by Badminton World Federation Women’s Singles 2015. She is the first Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics.

  1. Sania Mirza

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Sania Mirza is an Indian professional tennis player who is currently ranked No. 1 in the women’s doubles rankings.

  1. Shakuntala Devi

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Shakuntala Devi was an Indian writer and mental calculator, popularly known as the “human computer”. A child prodigy, her talents eventually earned her a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.

  1. Arunima Sinha

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Arunima Sinha is the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest. She is also the first Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest.

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