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Shubhangini Shaktawat
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Indian female role models
India is suffering from many viruses other than Covid-19, one of them being gender discrimination. Living in the 21st century has made no difference to one’s society and this is what is affecting our women negatively as it always has. Despite the limitations that the society imposes on women, the hardships they have to face in their daily life, the discrimination that pulls them down at every step of life, women never give up. They are strong individuals, bold enough to become what they have dreamed of. Women in India have some kind of a spark in them and they make great role models. From the ancient historic period till date, we have a history of strong, bold and highly influential women in each and every field. Talking about history, Rani Laxmi Bai, also known as Manikarnika Tambe or Jhansi ki Rani is one of the most talked about Indian freedom fighters. She broke barriers back then in the 19th century and became a leading figure in the freedom struggle, the revolt of 1857 was led by her and she terrified the British. Another mother, Mary Kom is the only female boxer to have won the World Boxing Championship title six times. She has a record of winning eight medals in World Championships and has also been awarded the Padma Vibhushan. From the services, we have Kiran Bedi, who is not only a mother, but also a politician, a social activist, a tennis player, former Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry and the first woman to become an officer in the Indian Police Service. She has not only rendered justice to many, but also been a great human. Another such female role model is Lakshmi Agarwal. She is an acid attack survivor but she does not reflect that in her aura at all. She encourages women and says that more than the face, one’s dreams and desires will take one ahead in life. She is also the founder of the NGO, Chhanv Foundation which helps and empowers acid attack survivors. Another woman who is a role model for me, is my mother, in fact every mother out there, who works, handles the household, takes responsibility of each and every person in a family and carries that out like a pro. Each and every woman out there is not only a source of inspiration for a number of people, but also positivity. Let us thank all these women by respecting them and accepting them the way they are in the society, for lighting up India and making it how much ever great and marvelous it is today.
A woman myself,
Shubhangini Shaktawat