Women’s Day – Enthusiasm for Empowerment

Firstly, to all women, specially to Mom, Happy Women’s Day !

March 8 2016 marks the 108th observance of International Women’s Day as we celebrate the achievements of inspiring women across the globe. Tracing ist origin, the roots of this festival of feminity date back to 1909 when across American women marched for better working conditions and voting rights on February 28. The event was known as National Women’s Day. Two years later, International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time in 1911 with countries including Austria, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany taking part.

Whenever it comes to successful women, the focus often stops with Indira Nooyi and Simone Tata, the forces behind Pepsico and Lakme. Here in this post, lets just deal with women gearing up the ladder of success and few unfamiliar faces.

Women entrepreneur's Collage

Anu Sridharan

Anu is the founder of NextDrop, a company which allows Indian residents in the urban areas to track the availability of piped water through SMS. The company already serves around 18,000 people in Karnataka. Anu has Bachelors in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Civil Systems Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley to her credit. She is determined to change the way in which technology allows us to interact with our urban systems.

NextDrop began by tackling the problem of erratic water supply – in most of urban India, water is available only a few hours at a time or a few times a week, but residents have no way of knowing when. Working with operators in the field, NextDrop sends text messages 60 minutes before water arrives in your tap, while also offering utility boards the tools to better manage and track leakages in water supply.

Anu Sridharan was 23 years old when she became CEO of social startup NextDrop in Hubli – a town some 500 kms from Bangalore in Karnataka. Anu has also been selected to the Forbes “30 Social Entrepreneurs Under 30″ list.

Ritu Kumar

Ritu Kumar is one of the big names in Indian fashion industry. Ritu has carved a niche for herself in designing a variety of wardrobes including swimwear, eveningwear, traditional Indian wear, casual wear and formal evening gowns.

She has the distinction of designing costumes of three winning Miss Indias. Her son Ashvin Kumar is a director, who has made films like Road to Ladakh (2002) and short film Little Terrorist (2004), which was nominated for the 2004 Academy Award for Live Action Short Film, and in which she did the costume design.

Kalpana Saroj

Kalpana is a woman from slums in India, married off at the tender age of 12, more than that a woman who changed her own destiny. As they say Self Help is the Best help, Kalpana learnt stitching from her mother and set up her own business. She worked tirelessly for 16 hours everyday  and learnt about Industrial sewing machines. 

She started on with a boutique, and later took over a company, by name, Kamani Tubes which was then at severe loss.  Now, it is a growing firm worth more than $100M.

The self-made millionaire has received the most deserving award PadmaShree in the field of Trade and Industries in 2013. She obviously doesn’t hold an MBA from Harvard or Yales, but is still at the helm of a successful startup and has proved her professionalism.

Anisha Singh

She is an Indian digital entrepreneur, who is the CEO and founder of Mydala. mydala, based in Delhi, is India’s largest local services marketing platform, present in 209 Indian cities and with 28 million registered users.

The motto of the firm is We Bargain, You Gain. With a vision to make mydala a daily habit with consumers and businesses, mydala’s footprint and reach offers customized and cost-effective solutions to advertisers/merchants to reach their target audience through attractive deals and promotional campaigns.

mydala operates across several – from beauty, health and fitness, food and drinks, grocery shopping, travel and more. It is also the country’s largest coupon provider. Interestingly, mydala’s first office, shared space with a dental clinic, and the organisation now has more than 400 employees.

Entrepreneurship – Think it laterally.. this is what these women say. They started Dreaming BIG, and began their journey. And that works out too! As Google celebrates this Women’s day with #OneDayIWill campaign for women, it all lies in the hands of women.

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