In a country where Women and gender inequalities are often put on the back burner, Indian women fight to rise above the challenges they meet.
Women account for 48% of the Indian population but make up only 14.7% of the urban workforce. There is a huge imbalance that was showing signs of stabilizing until recently, and is now in decline once again.
Fighting against the odds, here is a list of amazing Indian women. They have risen-up against adversity and showcase determination, ambition and an unmatched hunger for success that has caused them to rise to the top of the corporate world.
Having joined PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage company in India in 1994, she was named president a few years later, in 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management.
Naina Lal Kidwai
The first woman to have graduated from Harvard Business, she is currently the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC India, as well as a non-executive director for Nestle India. She was awarded the Padma Shri for her invaluable contribution to the Trade and Industry sector.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
At the edge of the pharmaceutical industry for more than three decades, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has built her company from the ground up to see it become a leader in the Indian market. She has received numerous awards and continues to move her company forward as Founding Chairman and Managing Director of Biocon.
Currently the Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank, she is a woman with a passion for excellence. She has a Masters in Management Studies and is a recipient of the prestigious Wockhardt Gold Medal for Excellence in Management Studies and holds the J. N. Bose Gold Medal in Cost Accountancy.
The IT world is a heavily male dominated industry, but this woman has had the determination to prove her worth to her peers. She is currently the Managing Director of HP-India, after she served as MD to Microsoft India.
These women have had to overcome many challenges to achieve their goals and have inspired a generation of women to do the same.