Gone are the days when women were considered no match for all powerful men in this world. The new generation women across the world have overcome all negative notions and have proved themselves beyond doubt in all spheres of life including the most intricate and cumbersome world of overall excellence.
Mumbai Cutting is proud to celebrate six such women from our very own- Mumbai, who have crafted their singular route to success and who can be easily termed as role models for every Mumbaikar – male or female.
Medha Patkar is a social reformer turned politician. Born in Mumbai, Medha had a keen interest in public service at a very early age. Being a daughter of a trade union leader, she started understanding the problems faced by the underprivileged and felt the need to serve them. Her father took active part in the Indian Independence Movement, while her mother was member of Swadar, an organisation formed to assist and support women who are financially weak, and helped them in getting educated. Patkar is an MA in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Science. She left her position from the faculty as well as her unfinished PhD when she became completely involved in the tribal and peasant communities in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat. She is best recognised as the founding member of the famous Narmada Bachao Andolan – a movement to save the rivers and people of Gujarat.
Zia Mody is an Indian legal consultant. Mody’s initial education was at Elphinstone College, Mumbai.She studied law at Selwyn College, Cambridge, followed by a master’s degree from Harvard Law School in 1979. She started her own practice in Mumbai in 1984, which she merged twice with other firms to form AZB & Partners, one of India’s largest law firms, where she is the managing partner.
Business Today listed Mody as one of the 25 most powerful business women in India several times from September 2004. through 2011. She is a recipient of the Financial Express Knowledge Professional of the Year Award. She was also named one of India’s 100 Most Powerful CEOs by The Economic Times in 2004 and 2006. She is also the recipient of the Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence as the Businesswoman of the Year, 2010.
Anita Dongre is a fashion designer from India and founder of House of Anita Dongre which is today recognized as India’s leading fashion house. She was born and raised in Bandra, Mumbai, India. Dongre studied Fashion Design at the fashion institute of SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai.
Dongre was featured on CNN’s ‘Growing India’ series in 2015, showcased across 36 countries. Forbes India, Fortune India, Business Today and Blackbook Magazine count her among their ’50 Most Powerful Women in Business’ lists. In October 2015, Dongre was recognized as the women entrepreneur of the year by CMAI and by Kelvinator Stree Shakti Women Awards in 2014.
In 2012, she was featured in Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most powerful women in business, India. In 2011, she won the ‘Inspirational Designer’ award from FDCI Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week. In 2016, Dongre was among the key note speakers at the Harvard India Conference, The Coalition and United Nations Young Changemakers Conclave.
Born in Girgaum, Mumbai to a Marathi family, Anjali Bhagwat is an Indian rifle shooter who won the 2002 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Champion of Champions combined-air-rifle event to become the first Indian to win that competition. She became the World Number One in 10m Air Rifle in 2002. She also won her first World Cup Final in Milan, in 2003, with a score of 399/400.
In 2002 she won four gold medals (in the solo and pair events of both the 10-metre air-rifle and 50-metre three-position-rifle disciplines) at the Commonwealth Games and silver medals as part of the Indian women’s team at both the ISSF World Cup and Asian Games.
To date, she has won 31 Gold, 23 Silver and 7 Bronze medals. She has set 13 new records in International competitions and has won 55 Gold, 35 Silver and 16 Bronze medals, with 8 new records in national competitions in India.
Kaku Nakhate is the President and Country Head India at Bank of America Merrill Lynch India, one of the leading wealth management, capital markets and advisory companies in India.
Born in 1967, Kaku has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Poddar College, Mumbai University. She received a Master’s in Management Studies in Finance from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai 1988.
Kaku Nakhate was named among the ‘Most Powerful Women 2010’ by Business Today. She was listed in the ‘Top 20 Women in Finance’ in 2011. In 2011, she was named among ‘Fortune India’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business’. She has been awarded for the ‘Deal of the year’ from CNBC-TV 18 CFO Awards in 2013.
Smriti Mandhana is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Indian women’s cricket team. Both her father, and brother, Shravan, played cricket at the district-level, for Sangli. She was inspired to take up cricket after watching her brother play at the Maharashtra state Under-16s tournaments. At the age of nine, she was selected in the Maharashtra’s Under-15 team. At eleven, she was picked for the Maharashtra Under-19s team.
Mandhana made her Test debut in August 2014 against England at Wormsley Park, and helped her team win the match scoring 22 and 51 in her first and second innings; in the latter setting up an opening-wicket partnership of 76 runs with Thirush Kamini, chasing 181. In the second ODI game of India’s tour of Australia in 2016 at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Mandhana scored her maiden hundred (102 off 109 balls), in a losing cause.
Smriti was the only Indian player to be named in the ICC Women’s Team of the Year 2016.
These 6 women are some powerful women of our city. We believe there are many many more like them in this country.
With each step they take, whether it’s business, politics, arts, films, banking, hospitality or sports, they keep raising the bar and breaking untouched barriers. These are the women who have made Mumbai & India shine on a global platform.
These powerhouses deserve to be called as the great heroes of our city.
While we may think women have been in the backseat forever, there are many reason for us to look back and feel proud. Some of the most notable personalities starting from Indira Gandhi to Sarojini Naidu, from Kalpana Chawla to Pratibha Patil, from Medha Patkar to our very own gorgeous Priyanka Chopra- we have more women to proud of than ever thought of.
And with progressive India, more and more women are breaking the glass ceiling barriers. And let’s not forget one thing- we are one of them. If they can do it,, so can we!!
Happy Women’s Day India!