“And though she be but little, she is fierce”
Can you recall who have said these empowered words for women? None other than the greatest writer of the world – William Shakespeare. Women have always been influential characters in his plays – be it as a daughter (Cordelia) in King Lear, lover (Desdemona) in the Othello or independent woman (Portia) in the Merchant of Venice. Shakespeare, the greatest play-write has always portrayed women as fierce & strong, fighting for their rights & making their way to reach their destination against all the odds.
Here are the 5 Influential women who left their footprints on the sands of time and created history by their actions. Have a look.
First youngest woman sarpanch in the history of India. Though educated from the top-notch institutes of India, she decided to serve her home village, Soda which is 60km away from Jaipur in Rajasthan. She shunned her corporate life at Airtel & Times of India and decided to provide her services to the one who actually needs it by pursuing integrated, sustainable, gender balanced development.
First woman amputee who climbed the worst highest peak and registered her name in the list of bravest women. Arunima, the national level volleyball player boarded a train at Lucknow for Delhi on 11 April 2011 to take CISF examination when the incident happens. She was burgled and thrown out of the train on the railway track, and another trained on the parallel track crushed her leg. The story does not end here; the most depressing part is yet to come! According to the news available, an inquiry by the police threw their version on the table and said that Arunima had either tried to commit suicide or met with an accident.
Usha, A scavenger to savers of the scavenger. She a lady who stood against the inhumane task of collecting human excreta and dispose of it, manually. She joined hands with the Sulabh and starts her mission to save the manual scavengers. Now, these people who were once, the illiterate bunch of scavengers lead a healthy life and earn their bread by producing papad, pickle, and other eatables. She proved her fierceness by maintaining the human dignity of the so-called “wretched of the Earth.”
Harshini the Firewoman, who perused her dreams and enrolled in the fire engineering course in India. She is the first lady to have the education of the “men’s Job” and brilliant stand ahead of men when it comes to the completion of the job on the field.
Gauri, the now famous Mommy from Vicks video. She is of the gender who is treated worst than female gender in our country. With such hazy and extra-ordinary childhood, she rose as a transgender activist and stood up for the sex worker on the roads of Mumbai & trans-gender of India. She is considered as one of the best orators who might have a tragic life but chooses another one by believing in herself. She is a mother, raising her girl child single-handed and supports the underprivileged section of our society to get their rights as a transgender.
These women are true “sheheros“; they have made us realize that success is not measured by money you earn but the respect, & the desire to accomplish your dreams. Lastly, as they say – “Khete hain agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaho, to puri kainaat use tumse milane ki koshish me lag jaati hai.” So all you dreamers – don’t stop! Stand up for yourselves and achieve it!