Women in India are everywhere from politics to public participation, entertainment, sports, business to science and technology. No field has remained untouched. They are out there with the Midas touch. Talk about sports we have Saina Nehwal, Mary Kom , Sania Mirza and Deepika Kumariemerged; from politics we have Sonia Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Sheila Dixit; from the entertainment world we have Priyanka Chopra, Zoya Akhtar, Deepika Padukone, from the corporate world we have Vinita Bali, Renuka Ramnath and Renu Sud Karnad and the list goes on. They have been showing their extra ordinary talent in their field of work.
Today we have come with the most powerful Women in India of the bygone 2013.
1. Sonia Gandhi
Position: President of Indian National Congress party
The Italian-born Indian politician, Sonia Gandhi is undoubtedly the most powerful Indian women of this era. A caring mother and a selfless party worker are reflected from her dedication, wisdom, farsightedness and decisive nature. She took over the responsibility of Indian National Congress after the death of her husband Rajiv Gandhi and took it to a new height. She is truly our Mother India.
2. Mamata Banerjee
Position: Chief Minister of West Bengal
People in Bengal feel they are nothing without Mamata Banerjee. The current chief minister of West Bengal and the chairperson of All India Trinamool Congress Party, Mamata Banerjee been listed among ‘100 most Influencing persons in the world’ by Time magazine. Her influential work in policies is beyond words. She is nicknamed as ‘didi’ by her supporters.
3. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Position: Managing Director and Chairman of Biocon Ltd.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the richest woman of India. A known leader in the field of Biotech and Pharmacy, Ms. Shaw has been awarded with several prestigious awards like Padma Bhushan, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian Chamber of Commerce, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and Padma Shree. At present she is the Managing Director and Chairman of Bangalore based biotech company Biocon Ltd.
4. Padmashree Warrior
Position: CTSO (Chief Technical & Strategy Officer) at Cisco Systems
Padmashree Warrior is known as the Technology woman of India. She is the Chief Technical & Strategy Officer at Cisco Systems at present. She was also the former CTO (Chief Tehnical Officer) of Motorala Inc. It was during her tenure that Motorola was awarded the National Medal for Technology (2004) by former US president George Bush. With her unmatched business skills, she has led Cisco through 15 successful acquisitions. She has also bagged several prestigious awards like .S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence Award and YWCA Award for Outstanding Achievement.
5. Chanda Kochhar
Position: CEO of ICICI Pvt Ltd
Chanda Kochhar has taken ICICI Pvt Ltd to a completely different height. Her innovation in the field of business and expansion of distribution is commendable. She holds an important position in the PM’s Council for trade and industry. She has been ranked as the most powerful business woman in India by Fortune India.
6. Sheila Dixit
Position: Former CM of Delhi
Sheila Dixit is hailed as one of the most powerful Chief Ministers of India. She won her seat for three consecutive terms and has taken Indian National Congress to a totally different platform. She has a Masters of Arts degree in History and is a representative to UN Commission on status of women in India. Dixit has set up numerous hostels, night shelters and helpline numbers for women in the country.
7. Indra Nooyi
Position: CEO of PepsiCo.
Indra Nooyi is an MBA graduate from IIM-Calcutta and Masters in Private and Public Management from Yale. She started her career as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Strategic Marketing for Asea Brown Boveri and product manager at Johnson & Johnson. Today, this powerful lady is the CEO of PepsiCo that happens to be the second largest beverage company of the world.
8. Meira Kumar
Position: Lok Sabha speaker
Daughter of prominent Dalit politician Jagjeevan Ram, Meira Kumar entered into politics by defeating big shots empires like Ram Vilas Paswan and Mayawati. She is a lawyer by profession and also served as IFS officer and diplomat to many countries. This powerful lady is known for her calm and composed nature and her convincing capacity. She is an epitome of women power in the country.
9. Sushma Swaraj
Position: Senior BJP leader
Sushma Swaraj is a great orator and powerful leader. She was the Chief Minister of Delhi in 1998. Till date she has been elected as MLA thrice and six times as a Member of Parliament. At present she is the Leader of Opposition in the Parliament. She was the youngest cabinet minister and the first woman spokesman of a national level party. She has always remained on the forefront when comes to public support. Undoubtedly, one of the most powerful leading women in India.
Position: Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Jayalalitha is considered as the most powerful women of South India. Presently the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha started her career as an actress in Tamil and Telugu films. She is also the general secretary of AIADMK. She reached the zenith of her career after the death of Ramachandran. She is a female embodiment of women power and with her strong decisive quality she has become the role model of both young and old in the country.
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