Women have always had to contend with glass ceilings, oppressive norms, and inequality. In India, several women have, and continue to take giant leaps and baby steps in various fields, smashing patriarchal norms and changing the future for those to come.With the celebration of International Women’s Day earlier this month, we thought we’d look back on some of the superwomen that have graced our country. Women whose contributions have changed the course of history and paved the way for future generations. Women who inspire us, motivate us and from whom we can learn a couple of life lessons. And while we’re at it why not look at their style choices and what influenced them!
Indira GandhiA crown of silver and a fist of iron won this great lady the title of India’s First (and only) Female Prime Minister. Strong, determined, and a force to be reckoned with, Gandhi has been credited with forming India’s nuclear program and the Green Revolution which established India as a major food supplier - a title we still proudly wear on the global stage. In a culture that viewed women as submissive, Gandhi took the political stage to show them how it’s done!
Her styleGraceful, elegant, and stylish, she knew how to effortlessly make a style statement. Her wardrobe staple was a saree which she wore proudly. Power-dressing was what Gandhi did best, choosing muted colours, khadi and subtle prints. Her outfits never demanded attention, they simply got it! So, the next time you have an important occasion or meeting, it might be a good idea to channel some Indira Gandhi vibes and take some inspiration from the Iron lady of India!
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Sania MirzaBorn to a journalist father and mother who ran a printing business, Sania began playing tennis when she was only 6 years old as a way of passing her free time in the summer holidays. Although some may argue that she was a born natural, Mirza’s career has not come easy. The first person she approached to coach her, refused because she was ‘too small’.
This may have been Mirza’s first rejection, but it wasn’t going to be her last. Multiple injuries and failures were no strangers to Mirza’s career. However, despite it all, she always bounced back stronger and went on to win six Grand Slam titles, the Arjuna Award, and a Padmashri. A total boss and one of India’s best female athletes, Mirza is proof that with hard work and faith anything is possible!
When not on the court Mirza has been known to disrupt the ecosystem, smashing patriarchal norms. Known as somewhat of a rebel (for all the right causes, of course), she once said, “As long as I am winning, people shouldn’t care whether my skirt is six inches long or six feet long.” Take that judgmental auntie!
Mirza’s sense of style is what we like to call “comfortable chic” with a touch of boho. Her outfits are never too over the top or crazy. She loves a good pantsuit, floral prints, and knows how to dress up her ethnic wear with a snazzy jacket! Have a casual party where you’d like to appear lady-like, tasteful, and bold? Why not channel some Sania Mirza vibes!
Deepika PadukoneFrom sports to advertising and finally plunging into films, Bangalore’s girl-next-door has climbed the ladder in Bollywood with sheer determination and hard work. Known as Bollywood's Queen, she has won several Filmfare and IIFA awards.
A beauty with brains, Padukone is no stranger to the harsh realities of life and has openly discussed her battle with depression. A mental health advocate, in 2015 she founded the Live Laugh Love Foundation - an NGO that aims to create awareness about mental health issues and assist those struggling with them.
Her styleA style icon and natural fashionista, Deepika Padukone wears western and ethnic equally well. She’s known for her super chic ethnic looks that are trendy and graceful. Her favourite garment is a saree and she’s famously known to style it creatively, often taking a simple plain white saree and make it something else!
In conclusion, we’d like to quote another boss-woman, Michelle Obama, “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish."
Remember, it’s we who run the world!
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