“There is no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise.” –W.E.B. Dubois.

As the name suggests, ‘International Women’s Day’ is a global event that not only celebrates the social, political, economic and cultural achievements of women but highlights grave concerns like gender inequality, reproductive rights and violence against women. As every year, International Women’s Day 2023 will be celebrated on 8th March 2023, Wednesday. 

The Purpose of Women’s Day

The idea of celebrating this day was first planted by Clara Zetkin, a communist activist and women’s rights advocate. For the first time, International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland. But it was in 1975, that the United Nations officially set the celebration date. The colours- purple, green and white signify the celebrations according to the International Women’s Day website. 

Many countries around the world celebrate International Women’s Day in different ways. Most businesses offer special or discounted deals for Women. 

For instance, travel companies such as Akbar Travels offer exclusive deals on flight tickets, hotel bookings, visa services, etc. Many lifestyle outlets offer deals on clothes, fashion etc. Every establishment comes up with their own special campaigns to make women feel special.

International Women’s Day 2023 Theme

The UN’s theme for International Women’s Day 2023 is ‘DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality’. This theme aims to acknowledge and applaud the contribution of women in the fields of technology and online education. 

This is the time we reflect upon the contributions made by Indian women from all walks of life. 

For International Women’s Day 2023, remembering the many Indian women who have made India proud globally:

1. Gita Gopinath

International Women’s Day 2023- Gita Gopinath
Gita Gopinath – The Fiscal Scholar
Image Credit: Deccan Chronicle

Originally from Kerala, Gita Gopinath became the first woman to assume the position of Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She is the first woman and only the second Indian to have got this position. One of the top women achievers in India, she is also the co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. 

2. Hima Das

International Women’s Day 2023- Hima Das
Hima Das- The Dhing Express
Image Credit: The Hindu Business Line

Belonging to the Dhing Town in Assam, Hima Das is one of the most inspirational females in India. She holds to her name the record as the First Indian Athlete to win gold at the IAAF World U20 Championships in 2018. 

Fun Fact: In 2019, Hima won 5 gold medals in 20 days. 

3. Mary Kom

International Women’s Day 2023- Mary Kom
Mary Kom- Ms Knock Out
Image Credit: The Economic Times

Mary Kom is one of the most exceptional female role models India has ever seen. She is the only Indian Olympic Boxer to grab the No.1 position in the International Boxing Association after becoming World Amateur Boxing Champion for a record 6 times. Mary also holds the world record for winning a medal in all seven World Championships. 

4. Avani Chaturvedi

International Women’s Day 2023- Avani Chaturvedi
Avani Chaturvedi- Sky Warrior
Image Credit: Indian Express/ IAF Twitter

Avani Chaturvedi’s name will go down in history as one of the most powerful ladies in Indian history. A young Air Force officer, Avani became the First Indian Woman Fighter Pilot to fly the ‘MiG-21 Bison’ solo, an aircraft known for its highest landing and take-off spread in the world. By making a mark in a male-dominated field Avani has truly made India proud. 

5. Mithali Raj

International Women’s Day 2023- Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj- Lady Tendulkar
Image Credit: Hindustan Times

Mithali Raj is one of the most famous Indian female role models of today’s age. Throughout her career, Mithali has made several achievements and records. Talking about her firsts she is,

  • The First Female Cricketer to win the “Wisden Indian Cricketer of Year”.
  • The First Woman Cricketer who scored 7 consecutive fifties in ODI.
  • The First Woman to play 200 ODI matches.
  • The First Indian Woman Batter to score 2000 runs in T20I cricket and many more.

6. Saina Nehwal

International Women’s Day 2023- Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal- Steffi Saina
Image Credit: NDTV Sports

Another one of the inspirational females in India, Saina became the First Indian Woman to win a medal in Badminton at the 2012 Olympic games. In 2015, she became the first Indian woman to secure the No.1 position in world rankings.

7. Arunima Sinha

International Women’s Day 2023- Arunima Sinha
Arunima Sinha- The Mount Everest Girl
Image Credit: Hindustan Times

In 2013, Arunima Sinha became the World’s First Female Amputee to have climbed Mount Everest

8. Kalpana Chawla

International Women’s Day 2023- Kalpana Chawla
Kalpana Chawla- Indian Born American Astronaut
Image Credit: Republic World

Working in America, India-born Kalpana Chawla was the First Woman of Indian descent to go into space in 1997.

9. Kavita Dalal

International Women’s Day 2023- Kavita Dalal
Kavita Dalal- Wrestling Queen
Image Credit: Conncet Gujarat

Kavita Dalal or Kavita Devi (her stage name), is yet another one of the most powerful ladies in Indian history. She was the First Indian Professional Wrestler to wrestle in WWE.

10. Dipa Karmarkar

International Women’s Day 2023- dipa Karmarkar
Dipa Karmarkar- Indian Artistic Gymnast
Image Credit: Indian Express/ Oinam Anand

In 2016, Dipa Karmarkar became the First Indian Woman Gymnast to qualify for an Olympic final.

11. Tessy Thomas

International Women’s Day 2023- Tessy Thomas
Tessy Thomas – Missile Woman of India
Image Credit: DNA India

Tessy Thomas is yet another inspirational females of India. An Indian scientist and Director General of Aeronautical Systems now, Tessy was the First Woman Scientist in India to head the Agni-V Missile Project. 

12. Roshini Sharma

International Women’s Day 2023- Roshini Sharma
Roshini Sharma- The Biker
Image Credit: Twitter/ Slaxg Official

In 2014, Roshini Sharma became the First Indian Woman to take a Solo Trip from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, setting a unique record.

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13. Indra Nooyi

International Women’s Day 2023- Indra Nooyi
Indra Nooyi- The Business Lady
Image Credit: NDTV

Indra Nooyi is definitely one of the Best Women Entrepreneurs India has ever seen. Nooyi has several titles to her name, including ‘Best CEOs in the World’, ‘CNN-IBM Indian of the Year’, etc. in 2015, She was also featured in the Fortune List as the 2nd most Powerful Woman in the World.

These were some of the many famous women personalities of India. There are still many top women achievers in India who have made India proud on a global level. This International Women’s Day 2023, let’s celebrate women who have reached newer heights and who have made a mark in their respective fields. 

Women around the world relentlessly strive 24/7 to make not only their own but their families’ dreams come true too. But International Women’s Day 2023 is a chance to take a step back and just relax and enjoy as you soak in all the love and freedom. Plan a solo trip or a group vacation with your girl gang with our Women’s special holiday packages

A Happy Women’s Day to one and all celebrating! 

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