BBC revealed its 2019 list of top 100 influential women around the world and India has a reason to celebrate. This year, the BBC 100 Women 2019 list included 7 Indian women who stand as an inspiration to the world.

It is true ‘God is a woman’. Women have been facing their own share of plight since the beginning of time. While many stories get a chance to be spoken about, a lot goes unsaid. It was when the horrific Delhi gang-rape came to light BBC Controller Liliane Landor, was moved to create a series that focuses issues faced by women across the world at the same time honouring those who have made great contributions to the society on many fronts. Included in the initiative, the BBC 100 Women 2019 list brings places the focus on women who are an inspiration to the world.

The BBC 100 Women 2019 list included 7 Indian women who have fought many odds to become what they are today. These women stand as the epitome of strength and change. They walked out of the line and made their own path inspiring many to follow them in their struggle to bring in change.

Here are the 7 Indian women who made it to the BBC 100 Women 2019 list:

Parveena Ahanger

Human rights activist and the founder of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) Parveena Ahanger is known as the Iron lady of Kashmir who fought for her brother with grit and persistence.

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Parveena Ahanger, the ’Iron Lady of Kashmir’. Human rights activist, heads the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP). Numerous awards for her human rights work. I took her portrait early last year in Srinagar for HUEMN STORIES @_huemn with @pranavkirti. What is happening in Kashmir is brutal. Srinagar, the summer capital is under lockdown, schools and shops are closed, public transport has ceased. Communication to the outside world has been cut off. Militia are patrolling the streets and there is a curfew. Easy to understand the friendship between Modi and Trump. #kashmir #prayer #disappeared #parveenaahangar #parveenaahanger #humanrights #huemnstories #huemn #portrait #indiaportraits #india #activist #activism #humanity #hope #parveena #huemn #huemnstories

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Aranya Johar

A brown girl who spoke against the Indian stereotype and love for fair skin, this young lady went on to inspire thousands of young girls with her words. She is the living example that proves, words are mightier than the sword.

Susmita Mohanty

An entrepreneur of India’s first private space start-up, this lady truly aimed for the sky. Her determination and love for space paved the way for many young minds to think out of the box.

Subhalakshmi Nandi

Fighting her way towards improving gender equality in Asia, Subhalakshmi Nandi is the face of strength and empowerment.

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Vandana Shiva

A brand for feminism, Vandana Shiva is a scholar, gender activist, food-sovereignty advocate and prolific writer.

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Smile, life is too short 🙂

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Natasha Noel

A yoga guru, motivational speaker and social media influencer Natasha Noel fought depression and mental health issue to become a strong example for many.

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Dear women, You have so much power in you. Dear women You can put make up or no make up at all. Doesn’t make you more or less of a woman. Dear woman, You can be a homemaker or be the next CEO if your company OR BOTH! Doesn’t make you more or less of a woman. Dear women, You can have short hair, long hair or no hair. Doesn’t make you more or less of a woman. Dear women, You don’t have to have it together all the time. You can share your emotions and be vulnerable. Doesn’t make you more or less of a woman. Dear women you can smile or always have “resting bitch face” Doesn’t make you less of a woman. Dear women, You can put people in place if they are threatening you. Doesn’t make you more or less of a woman. Dear women you can make perfect round rotis or know the best places to order from. Doesn’t make you more or less of a woman. Dear women, You can choose to study in the future or get married (as long as ITS YOUR CHOICE) Doesn’t make you more or less of a woman. Dear women Dont be afraid to take up space. Dear women You can fight for what’s right. Dear women. Don’t be afraid to tell your story. Because your voice needs to be heard either in loud cries or silent whispers Your voice, your thoughts your intelligence MATTERS. Dear women no matter how much they kick you, laugh at you, throw you to the ground. You always rise. Because people are afraid of a strong woman. Sometimes even other women are afraid because for so many years we were taught to be inferior. So they’ll call you names and try to ridicule you because you are different. You don’t fit into their stereotypical box. You say it how it is. You’re breaking through the conditioning And they are petrified. Because they can’t stomach YOU becoming something. So no matter what they say or even if they burn you to the ground … Dear woman, Like a Phoenix rises for it ashes so do you. 💙 . . Photo credits @twinklepattnaik 💙 Pratice daily. Stay safe. Stay humble. #youcreateyourownreality

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Dr Pragati Singh

Suggesting and explaining that asexuality is a thing this young woman established an organisation called, ‘Indian Aces’ to help many by giving them a platform to speak out.

We salute these women for making India proud!