If you still take women to be homemakers, you are living in a wrong era.
Name any place and women exist there. Business, IT, Aeronautics, Sports, Film and Theatre, Music, Dance, Politics, and where not. Anywhere that a woman places her feet, is where she’s making a mark and inspiring the world.
This century has witnessed “wonder woman” in many forms, and it’s hard to deny that she is creating new heights for the world, rather than climbing the existing heights. Women across the globe have come a long way and thrashed the stereotypes in full power.
When it comes to entrepreneurship, women are nothing less than a revolution. Below are some women, out of many others, who have become “Godmothers of entrepreneurship”;
EKTA RAVI KAPOOR:
She already made her name with the daily soap “Kyuki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”. Despite facing all the odds of the male-dominated television industry, she rose to fame with founding “Balaji Telefilms” and starting a revolution of “daily serials”. Daughter of Jeetendra and Sister of Tusshar Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor had won many accolades in Television Industry. She presently is focusing on Web Series, and which is why she is often called the “Queen” of Entertainment Industry.
From being a victim of chronic depression to overcoming it, Deepika Padukone is an inspiration to many women across the globe. With an aim to inspire and treat more such cases like hers, she founded “The Live Love Laugh Foundation”. It aims to break the stigma of not seeking professional guidance due to societal pressure.
One of the co-founder of MobiKwik is Upasana Taku. She went on to make MobiKwik the biggest digital wallet of today. Started in 2009, MobiKwik has come a long way, from its own set of hurdles.
It's been 30 years – Kashmir is burning & our Jawaans are giving their Lives! As a Kashmiri Pandit my heart bleeds. Make a difference – Help the families of our Brave Soldiers by donating to #BharatKeVeer using @MobiKwik or any app that allows UPI transfer https://t.co/zXVe2giSE8
— Upasana Taku (@UpasanaTaku) February 20, 2019
Founder of YourStory.com is Shraddha Sharma. An iconic personality who has not only covered various entrepreneurial and corporate stories, but has also inspired many lost hearts through them. She is especially looked upon by many young and aspiring female entrepreneurs in India and abroad.
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According to Mona Gandhi, First Female #Engineer at #Airbnb and founding member of the #growth team responsible for scaling the platform from 20K users to 500M users, these are two things that you need to worry about when you think about the growth of your #startup. #entrepreneur #scale #retention #acquire #users #startups #marketing #growthhacking
Running a dynamic e-commerce business like Nykaa.com can be challenging, but not for Falguni Nayar. A former MD of Kotak Mahindra Capital, Falguni is considered to be one of the most successful beauty entrepreneur of today. Nykaa is already a pioneer in beauty and make-up industry and it couldn’t have been done right without Falguni’s strong, ambitious spirit.
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Luckiest lady in the world ❤️?? Our CEO, Falguni Nayar tears up the stage with @ranveersingh and @sophiechoudry! #NFBA2016 #NykaaFemina @feminaindia #RedCarpet #Bollywood #RedCarpetFashion #CelebStyle #Fashion #Makeup #MakeupJunkie #BollywoodStyle #Style #BollywoodFashion #Beauty #Awards #RedCarpetStyle #DailyFeature #InstaLove #InstaDaily #RanveerSingh
Founder of FreshMenu, an online food delivery service, Rashmi Daga hopped into multiple industries, before settling down to food industry. Although its operations are relatively on a smaller scale for now, her company holds a strong presence in these places and currently serves around 30,000 orders a day.
— Don't Be Content (@DontBeContent) July 29, 2017
Rati co-founded BankBazaar, which is an online marketplace for all financial products at customized rates. Rati along with her husband and brother introduced BankBazaar in an attempt to bring changes to the current position of selling financial products.
Here's how Rati Shetty, CPO, BankBazaar manages balancing work and family effortlessly. https://t.co/BMl641HMJm
— BankBazaar.com (@BankBazaar) March 16, 2017
Carving a niche for herself in the fashion industry, is Ritu Kumar. With her labels “Ri – Ritu Kumar”, “Label Ritu Kumar” and “Ritu Kumar”, she brings in a variety of clothing lines, like Indian Wear, Formal Evening Wear, Ethnics, Swimsuits, etc. Ritu Kumar is a Padma Shree Awardee in 2013 and has previously designed the costumes for Miss India winning pageants.
KIRAN MAZUMDAR SHAW:
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is a billionaire entrepreneur at the age of 65. Chairperson and MD of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company, she is the proud achiever of many accolades in her career span. She also has made herplacein the Forbes list of Powerful Woman for several consecutive years.
Biocon chief urges women entrepreneurs to foray into new ventures https://t.co/TbgQ8OsKkC
— Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (@kiranshaw) March 6, 2019
Indra Nooyi doesn’t need an introduction. She’s an epitome of achievements and accolades in her career span. From her life-changing journey in PepsiCo as CEO from 2001 to being the Board of Director at Amazon, Indra Nooyi is a living proof that women achieves it all if she gets a chance to do so.
— Indra Nooyi (@IndraNooyi) March 4, 2019
Presently the Chairperson of Times Internet, Indu Jain is a superwoman who has it all in her. She’s a Padma Bhushan Awardee in 2016 and the Founder President of The Ladies Wing of FICCI (FCO).
Chanda Kochhar has taken ICICI Bank to an all new level under her leadership as the CEO and MD. She made ICICI Bank win the “Best Retail Bank of India” in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and an Excellence Award in 2002.
Chanda Kochhar, MD & CEO and Rajiv Sabharwal, Executive Director interacting with the media on 'Pockets'! pic.twitter.com/V00NdEJ0Lz
— ICICI Bank (@ICICIBank) February 10, 2015
Founder and CEO of Limeroad.com, Suchi has been a part of several top-notch companies like Skype, eBay, Gumtree, etc. Suchi is the achiever of many awards during her career tenure and is a living example of the “Boss Lady”.
— The Economist Events (@EconomistEvents) August 31, 2017
Richa is the first women who played a significant role in educating women about intimate wear. Through her company, Zivame, she aims to provide more intimate wear styles and motivate women to be confident in their choice of styles according to their body types.
Bringing about a significant change in the taboos around Menstrual Cycles in women, Aditi Gupta founded Menstrupedia and started spreading awareness and education about it across the country. She’s a TEDx speaker and a prominent name in Forbes Achiever’s List in 2014.
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Punjabi #MenstrupediaComic books are here. With this the books are now available in almost all major Indian languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Odia, Assamese and Punjabi 😀 And that's @dhruti_bonvivant, fellow misfit and our instructional designer, busy these days with covering the entire office in post -its :p
Sairee Chahal is the founder of SHEROES, which is the world’s largest network of women in various fields through her content, community, champions, conversations and more. It is a platform of 3 million women currently.
Suchita is the founder of Little Black Book, a.k.a. LBB. LBB is a community for young and urban audiences to find and access the best local discoveries, through suggestions and recommendations of other members of LBB.
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Here's looking at you, #2019! 2018's been a good year. Like every other year, a mix of highs and lows and plateaus (which are worse than lows). For the sake of reminiscing, my top highlights would be: 1. I got my mojo back ?? Burnout is a thing. Recovery after combusting is a painful, long process, that requires extraordinary amounts of introspection, rest and general self-belief. I didn't bounce back overnight; I had to work on myself every day. Feels awesome to be running at 200mph again ?♀️?♀️ * 2. I learnt to enjoy the spotlight ?? Imposter syndrome is real, mitron. I usually like to keep myself on the DL, don't particularly like putting myself out there (though it's a part of my job.) I don't think I'm even 1% of where I want to be professionally, but I learnt to value my opinion, and have got comfortable with having my opinion valued.* 3. I changed my mind ?? About a lot of things. Most specifically- feminism (thank you Roxanne Gay for your amazing book, Bad Feminist. Everyone should read this!) Our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction, as said by Francis Picabia. He is a G. * 4. I (think I) became a better leader ?️?️ … without compromising on my ambition. Im much more aware of what I suck at (managing people who want to be managed- just can't do it), and got back to playing to my strengths while working on my weaknesses. Reading (Ray Dalio, Phil Knight, Kim Scott), listening to podcasts (Freakonomics, Masters of Scale, Tim Ferris), spending time with people I respect (shout out to @desirednameunavailable @raghavverma1 and one of our investors, Ashvin Chadha) helped a lot. * 5. I continued to cut out the BS ??? Unfollowing people who don't really add value to your life is a good idea- only exception being the Kardashians. Spending time with people who challenge you, make you laugh till you pee yourself, or just open your mind's eye is a good idea. And not just people- habits, food, exercise- I cut out things that don't add value the way they did, and replaced them with things that do. Yep, Gin replaced wine ?? ** Stoked for the next year and what it'll bring! ?️?️ Onwards and upwards, always. ** Fin. #IGMadeMeDoIt
Haters gonna hate, but #WomenPower prevails!