It has been seen for years that women in India have made their mark across various fields b8 scientific or athletic sector they have brought honor to the country. With their stellar achievements and exceptionally outstanding performances in various fields, be it a girl or a woman, India is proud to have such remarkable people!
Importance Of National Girl Child Day:
Observed on 24th January the day is celebrated throughout the nation with the name to educate people and aware them of issues affecting the lives of girls in India. The day is celebrated as an initiative that was launched by the Ministry of women and child development in 2008. The initiative was to spread awareness to treat a girl child with equality.
The government has actively taken part in changing the conditions for girls with several campaigns and programs like Saving The Girl Child, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, reservation for women in college and universities, subsidized education for a girl child, and various other programs to reduce discrimination.
The initiative was to promote a sense of awareness among people regarding the importance of education, health, nutrition as well as the rights of a girl child.
The most common problem a girl would face now is gender discrimination throughout her life.
Here Are Few Outstanding Women-Achievers Who Brought Pride To India:
1. Payal Kumari
Pramod Kumar and his family went through a long journey from Bihar to Kerala, a land with the most literacy rate in India, to offer good quality of education to his children. After 19 years, his move, from Bihar to Kerala, brought him success when his daughter Payal Kumari bagged the first rank in BA History and Archaeology examination which was held in Kerala’s Mahatma Gandhi University. She scored an amazing 85% and her hardship paved the way for her and her family’s better future.
Being a daughter of a migrant worker it was difficult for her family to pay the fees of the college but her teacher, Priya Kurian, supported her to the extent where they paid the fees for her better future. Payal’s teachers were determined that she would achieve something very grand in her life. She is keen to complete her post-graduate studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi as well as prepare for civil services. Daughter of Bindu Devi and Pramod Kumar, Payal Kumari, has proved that a girl child can surely bring pride and joy to her family as well as make India proud.
2. Akansha Singh
Akansha’ss hard work brought honor not just to her family but to Uttar Pradesh also. Akansha Singh was honored by CM Yogi Adityanath at his official residence after she made history by scoring 720 on 720 in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test, NEET. All India Medical Entrance Exam is one of the toughest exams in India and Akanksha’s spectacular performance in the exam brought joy to her family.
After scoring a hundred percent in the exam in 2020, the state government decided to bear the expenses of her MBBS education and that the entire amount would be given to her at one go so no future problems might be faced by her. She is a student of Abhinayakpur of Kushinagar and CM Yogi Adityanath described her as a role model for students throughout the country especially girls to prepare for the competitive exams.
3. Maithili Thakur
The young Indian singer is Indian classical music trained singer and sings in Maithili and Bhojpuri languages and covering various other covers and traditional folk music from various other states of India. she gained the nationwide recognition after her appearance on the ‘Rising Star’ reality TV singing competition ad on Colours TV. She was the first runner up on the show and has sung some of the famous Bollywood songs.
4. Shafali Verma
The youngest woman to play T20 International Cricket for India, Shafali Verma played a major role in the team’s World Cup Campaign in Australia. At an age of 16 after taking India to the finals Shafali Verma became the world’s number one batswoman and proved that a woman can perform exceptionally well in any field.
During her childhood, Shefali disguised as a boy to get training for cricket in Rohtak, her native place, because there were no academies for girls. Major support by her father to agree to the plan of disguising turned out to be very successful for her.
She idolized Sachin Tendulkar and is a huge fan of AB de Villiers, Shefali’s attacking style is an aftereffect of the legacy by Virendra Sehwag! She received fame during a women’s exhibition match which was played towards the end of IPL 2019 and her immense confidence and shot selection clarity impressed everyone.
5. Hima Das
Hima Das, the famous Indian sprinter from Assam set the record of the first Indian sprinter to win a gold medal in the 400 m final which was held at the IAAF World U20 championships 2018. The amazing sprinter clocked a speed of 51.46 seconds and won the gold medal in Tampere, Finland in July 2018.
Hima was born to a family of rice farmers in Ding village, Nagaon district in Assam. Interested in sports since a very young age, she used to play football with the local boys in the mud pits which one next to her parent’s rice fields and was highly convinced that she should take up professional athletics that will include a coach too. After passing the 12th examination in 2019 from Assam Higher Secondary Education Council, she made India proud with her amazing records.
She took part in women’s 200 m, 400 m, and 4 X 400 m and also won a silver medal in 4 x 400 meters mixed relay in 2018. Hima was endorsed by Adidas in a deal in 2018 and was conferred with Arjuna Award on 25th September in 2018 by the President of India. The Indian athlete was even honored after the Bannerghatta Biological Park named a tigress cub Hima.
6. Priyanka Paul
Priyanka Pau; the young artist who describes herself as a storyteller, creator, writer, poet, and Illustrator is bringing pride to India with her art.
Her work has been featured on The Fader, India Today, Buzzfeed, Hindustan Times, and various other National level and International Publications. What can be more amazing than a display of an artist’s work in art galleries around the world!
Her work surrounds the themes of Social justice and with her art, she conveys the need to evaluate the wrongs in our society which we do not consider along. Messages of reinforcing the social systems and the norms through her art and providing a voice to reach out to people on relevant issues that are not spoken about is an amazing initiative by her.
She says that if someone sees her art as normal, but it isn’t actually normal, her goal is achieved and her purpose is finally completed. Her art plays a major part in bringing awareness about class conflicts, class struggles, society, gender constructs, and self-expression.
7. Shivangi Pathak
During the Mountaineering season, Shivangi Pathak secures a position into the 59 Indian nationals who scaled the peak. The Haryana girl became the youngest Indian woman who conquered Mount Everest from the Nepali side and successfully climbed the mountain with the help of Sherpa guides.
Shivangi takes her inspiration from Arunima Sinha who is the first Indian amputee who climbed Mount Everest and carried the message that anything is possible and a woman can overcome every battle in her life with her willpower. She has also accomplished her successful expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro which is Africa’s highest peak.
She achieved her dreams regardless of the main problem that she knew nothing about mountaineering! She stole her brother’s phone to search and know about mountaineers and found about various Mountaineering schools and what she wanted to do. Enrolling herself in Jawahar Institute of Mountaineering and Winter Sports in Pahalgam, Jammu Kashmir, at the state-run, she mentioned that Haryana is no more as conservative as it used to be about girls taking part in sports. The young girl aims to complete the seven summits before she turns 18.
8. Ridhima Pandey
It feels good to know that young girls in India are so aware of the climate changes that they can educate an adult on the topic. Ridhima Pandey is a 13-year-old girl from Uttarakhand who brought her point of view to the Indian Government and made them think and rethink the plan on climate change. She even took the government to the court for their inability to avert the climatic change in 2017.
In 2013 when Ridhima Pandey saw the devastating effect of the climate change in the Kedarnath flood in India she decided that we need to keep our eyes on the unfolding disaster which will occur in the future and ruin our lives in some way or other. Accompanying Greta Thunberg, Ridhima was the youngest and the only activist from India who took part in the protest towards climate change at the UN climate action Summit. She mentioned that she is involved with the protest to inform the Global leaders to wake up and look into the matter of climate change because it will cause harm to our and their future.
9. Yamuna Menon
The National Law School of India University student, Yamuna Menon, is a student of the BA LLB Honours program and has won 18 gold medals at the 28th Annual Convocation on 27th September 2020. 48 gold medals were awarded to the graduates belonging to different academic programs to mark recognition on their achievements and Yamuna Menon received 18 medals which set a record of the highest number of medals received by any student in the history of the university.
The medals she won were for securing – overall topper, best outgoing student, best outgoing undergraduate student, securing 1st rank, meritorious student, best outgoing female student, and various other achievements. Om Birla, a Lok Sabha Speaker, also congratulated her on the platform of Twitter and mentioned that her achievement is an inspiration to various other students of the country.
10. Avanti Chaturvedi
A brilliant woman and IAF’s first female fighter pilot, Avanti Chaturvedi, is also another remarkable woman who brought pride to India. During an interview, she told that there was no option for a woman to join the fighter’s team but the opportunity they received was lucky enough to fulfill their dreams. She also mentioned that being a fighter pilot matter more than being a woman and also because the training received by a lady officer as well as a male officer is the same in terms of training and amenities.
She mentioned that flying Mig-21 Bison was a matter of pride for her and becoming a part of an amazing organization knocked on her doorsteps as an opportunity to become a fighter pilot. She is a receiver of Nari Shakti Puraskar, an award initiated by the government to give recognization to women achievers. Receiving a Nari Shakti Puraskar was a privilege and an honor for Flight Lieutenant Avani Chaturvedi.