9 Empowering quotes by successful women

Karthika S Nair | Feb 25 2019
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1. Indra Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo

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Indra Nooyi, a confident and ambitious businesswoman, led PepsiCo, one of the biggest foods and beverages company in the world, as the CEO. While working in PepsiCo, she has executed several strategies which helped the company move in the right direction and flourish. She had been ranked in various lists as a powerhouse in the business sector. Growing she tried a hand in cricket and had an all-girl band where she played the guitar. International Cricket Council (ICC) announced her as the first female director in the year 2018.

2. Mother Teresa, Nobel prize winner

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She was born as Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Ottoman Empire. She arrived in India in 1929 and began her training in the novitiate and took her vows in 1931. She was named St Teresa after Saint Thérèse of Lisieux also known as "The Little Flower of Jesus". Eventually, with the missionaries of charity, she dedicated her life to helping the poorest of the poor. She delivered her time and resources to help people dying of AIDS leprosy and tuberculosis. She also began soup kitchens, (a place where meal is given for free to the poor), dispensaries, mobile clinics, counselling programmes orphanages, and schools. She won the Nobel peace prize in 1979.


3. Kareena Kapoor, Actress

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In an industry that marks the end of a woman’s shelf life post 35 years of age, Kareena Kapoor stands at the top with back to back hits where she was in the centre. Daughter of Bollywood actor Randhir Kapoor and a member in the famous Kapoor family, Kareena made a niche for herself. She is known for her power-packed performance in films like 'Jab we met', 'Kurbaan', 'Udta Punjab', 'Chameli' and so on. She broke stereotypes when she walked the fashion ramp while pregnant.

4. Kiran Shaw Mazumdar, Chairman, BIOCON LTD

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Kiran Mazumdar Shaw became a powerhouse in the business sector as the chairperson and managing director of Biocon Ltd and Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. For her contribution to the progress of science, she was awarded the Othmer gold medal in the year 2014. Her achievements have earned her a place in the Forbes list of most powerful women in the world three years in a row.


5. Mary Kom, Indian Boxer

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Mary Kom is an Indian boxer who set the record straight and broke the glass ceiling with her achievement in a male-dominated sport. Mary’s achievements post motherhood has been an inspiration for women across India. She is the first woman boxer to win gold at the commonwealth games. She won the bronze medal at 2012 Olympics and won gold at AIBA women’s world championships on 2018.


6. Saina Nehwal, Indian badminton player

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Saina Nehwal won the hearts of the mass when she won the gold medal at 2010 commonwealth games. She continues her success game after game, maintaining the top spot. She received world no: 1 spot in the year 2014. She is also the first woman to win a super series.

7. Kiran Bedi, Indian politician


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Kiran Bedi is the first woman IPS officer of India who remained in the service until her voluntary retirement in 2007. As a child, she has exhibited her talents in Tennis and won several state and national championships. In her career as an officer, she won President’s police medal in the year 1979. She brought a reduction in the number of crimes against women in Delhi and launched a campaign to spread awareness on drug abuse.

8. Hillary Clinton, American politician and author

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Hillary Rodham Clinton had identified herself as a woman who likes to rebel. She joined the law school at a time when girls faced restrictions from doing so. She joined politics with her husband Bill Clinton. She became a senator, US secretary of state and the first female presidential nominee to be nominated by a major political party. She witnessed a painful loss in the year 2016 but her actions inspired more women to join politics and to compete in the elections. 2018 saw more women and people of colour winning the elections and many were inspired and mentored by her.

9. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Nobel Peace Prize winner

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first female head of the state and 24th president of Liberia. She did her education in the Harvard University. She took office in the year 2005 and won again in 2011. She won Nobel peace prize for ‘non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work’ and in 2016 she was listed in Forbes magazine as 83rd most powerful woman in the world. Indian president Pranab Mukherjee conferred Indira Gandhi prize to her.