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Afshan Iqbal
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The times have changed and it’s not just a man’s world anymore. Women are making an impact in every field and they are leading in every way. There is no place where we find women any less than men. Women are making an impact everywhere. From Politics to sports, women are shining from every nook and corner. Women are proving the predominant notions of society wrong. Each one of them fights for gender equality by simply, and powerfully, excelling in their chosen field.

Let’s take a look at some women who by their zeal are inspiring generations of women to come.

Jacinda Ardern- Prime Minister of New Zealand (2017 –) She is a woman I personally look forward to. She was the world’s youngest head of state when she was first elected Prime Minister of New Zealand in 2017, or that she is a new mum – youth and maternal instincts are only a small part of her appeal. She chooses to exhibit everyday – empathy, authenticity, tolerance and kindness. But while she might lead from a place of emotion, she is always decisive and strong in her decision-making.

Kamala Harris- Vice President of the United States of America (2021 –) When she was inaugurated as Vice President of the United States in January, she became the first woman and the first person of colour to hold the second-highest office in, arguably, the most powerful country in the world. Harris’ continual shattering of glass ceilings has not been without controversy but there is no denying her ambition, intelligence and tenacity have helped her forge a momentous path.

Tsai Ing-Wen- President of Taiwan (2016 –) Tsai Ing-Wen, the first female president of Taiwan, is a well-known admirer of Margaret Thatcher, she continues to defy all expectations of a single female leader in Asia should be. Tsai has forged her own path, making her one of the most inspiring women in leadership.

Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw- India’s richest self-made woman and first female brewmaster, Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has a lot to thank the humble ale for – her study of brewing beer and the fermentation sciences has led to some of her biotechnology company’s greatest discoveries.

Sheikh Hasina- Prime Minister of Bangladesh (since January 2009) – Hasina said “We believe that education is the key challenge for the nation. If we could provide education to the women and enable them with financial freedom, they would be able to face many challenges.” Enough to know her zeal.

The list of inspiring women leaders is long and never-ending. Women are equal to any gender and such women are living proof.