2016 was the year when India saw huge success in the field of sports, politics, business, entertainment, etc. One thing that makes 2016 a glorious year in the history of India is that so many women succeeded in their line of profession and made it to the top in the list of successful personalities. These successful women stayed in the news for a long time and achieved the worldwide recognition for their accomplishments.
P V Sindhu
After winning the silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016, PV Sindhu became a sensation among the population of India. She was the first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics, which was a matter of great pride for all the Indians. P V Sindhu started playing badminton from the young age of 8 and currently holds rank 2 in the BWF World Ranking.
When we hear the name Dipa Kamarkar, Pradunova Vault is the first thing that strikes our mind. She is one of the only five women who has successfully performed Pradunova, which is considered the most difficult vault performed in women’s gymnastics. Dipa Kamarkar is the first Indian female gymnast to compete in the Olympics.
With a cute smile and bubbly personality, Sakshi Malik can wrestle and how!! At the 2016 Olympics, she won the bronze medal in women’s wrestling in the 58 kg category. Sakshi Malik is the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics.
Sushma Swaraj has an extensive list of achievements in her kitty. She is the second woman after Indira Gandhi to be appointed as the India’s Minister of External Affairs. Sushma Swaraj is quite active on Twitter and famous for helping Indian citizens who are stuck in abroad due to visa issues and other problems. Even the kidney failure couldn’t keep her away from the job, and she continued to look into the official matters during her illness.
Irom Sharmila who is popular by the name “Iron Lady” is a civil rights activist from Manipur, India. She fasted for 16 years protesting to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Manipur. In 2016, she ended her fast and decided to continue her protest by joining politics and launched her party, People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance Party.
Indra Nooyi is an Indian-American who is the CEO and Chairperson of PepsiCo, the second-largest food and beverage company in the world. She is ranked as the 2nd most powerful women in the Fortune’s 2016 list. Indra Nooyi is leading the company worth $144 million and aims at improving the healthiness of the food produced in PepsiCo.
Arundhati Bhattacharya is the Chairperson of the largest bank of India, i.e. State Bank of India. She has started various schemes that brought significant changes in the banking industry. In 2016, Arundhati Bhattacharya is listed as the 25th most powerful women in the world by Forbes.
Chanda Kochar is the managing director and CEO of the ICICI bank. Her substantial contribution in shaping the retail banking has become a model for various financial organizations. Chanda Kochar secured the 22nd place in the Forbes Asia’s list of 50 Powerful Businesswomen of the year 2016.
Priyanka Chopra has proved her mettle globally with the huge success of Hollywood TV series, Quantico where she played the role of an FBI agent. She is managing both her Hollywood and Bollywood projects perfectly. Being a multi-tasker who can act, sing, and produce, Priyanka Chopra is nowhere to stop.
Be it her charismatic personality, gorgeous looks or fantastic acting skills, Deepika Padukone has aced all the fields. Being one of the highest paid actresses in Bollywood, she is quite a tough competition for her contemporaries. Deepika is one of the few actresses in the Indian film industry who talked about her depression in public. She has also started the foundation, Live Love Laugh, which is an initiative to help the people dealing with depression.