Top 10 Influential Women in India 2018

8th March: International Women’s Day!!! In the Year 1909, the first Women’s day was celebrated in the USA and later declared as International Women’s Day. But it is not only on 8th of March, women are not only recognized one day and ignored the rest of the days. Women should be recognized for whatever they do in their field each day, let it be in the home, in office, in fields, in any profession. Women deserve all the appreciation from all of us not only from the male counterparts.

Women’s day is the celebration of her existence and her contribution to everyone’s existence. Being Feminist is not being against her male counterpart but encouragement to her right to express her individual thoughts, opinions, her perspective and her fight against those who hinder her growth in life and create boundaries to access her rights.

Gender equality will be truly achieved when “Housewife” and “House Husband” will be considered equal as “House Maker” without belittling to either. And here we are on the list of top 10 influential women in India who never fails to set the benchmark and made all of us proud with their achievements.

10. P V Sindhu, International Badminton Player

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Pusarla Venkata Sindhu born on 5 July 1995 Hyderabad, Telangana, India. She belongs to a sports family. In 2000, her father receives Arjuna Award for his contribution in sports. Her parents were professional volleyball players but Sindhu chose to play badminton by inspiring from Pullela Gopichand. She started playing at the age of eight and learn basics from Mehboob Ali at the badminton courts of Indian Railway Institute of Signal Engineering and Telecommunications in Secunderabad.

Later, she joined Pullela Gopichand’s badminton academy and won many titles. Her hard work and passion is the result where she stands today. Currently, P V Sindhu is world no. 3 in the BWF World Ranking. She also became the first Indian women to win a silver medal in Olympic.


9. Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times Group

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Shobhana Bhartia born in 1957, is the daughter of KK Birla. She grew up in Kolkata and started her schooling at Loreto House. After completing her graduation from Calcutta University. She got married to Shyam Sunder Bhartia chairman of pharmaceutical firm Jubilant LifeScience Limited.

Shobhana Bhartia started her business career in 1986 by joining Hindustan Times as Chief Executive and became the first women CEO of a national newspaper. She is one of the most important factors in the transformation of Hindustan Times. She took care of editorial as well as financial aspects of the company.

Later, she was also nominated to the upper house of parliament i.e, Rajya Sabha by the UPA head Sonia Gandhi and introduced many important bills in the parliament especially “The Child Marriage Abolition”. She also won the Global Leader of Tomorrow award from the World Economic Forum (1996). And became the first Padma Shri award nominees in 2005. She was also listed in Forbes Asia’s 50 Women in the Mix. Currently, she is serving as Chairperson and Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times Group.

8. Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Executive Director and the CEO of HCL Enterprise

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Roshni Nadar born in 1975 in Delhi. She is the daughter of Shiv Nadar founder of HCL. She grew up in Delhi and completed her schooling at Vasant Valley School. Initially, her focus areas were Radio, TV, and Film, for that she had done communication course of the Northwestern University and get a graduate degree from there.

Later, she completed her MBA on social enterprise management and strategy from the Kellogg School of Management. After that, she joined the business. With her excellence and hard working attitude just after a year of joining the company. Board promoted her as an executive director and CEO of HCL Corporation.

She also runs many trust organizations under the name of Shiv Nadar Foundation one of them is Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering in Chennai. She is considered as one of the most powerful businesswomen in India and also ranked 57th on the Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list.

7. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited

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Kiran Mazumdar born on 23 March 1953 in a Gujarati family in Banglore. She started her schooling at Bishop Cotton Girl’s High School and attended Mount Carmel College, Bangalore for graduation. She studied biology and zoology and want to go to medical school but didn’t get the scholarship. Her father was the head brewmaster at United Breweries suggested her to study fermentation science. For that, she went to Federation University Australia and was the only women enrolled in the brewing course.

After completing her education she worked as a trainee in many companies. She was looking for a job as a master brewer in India but didn’t get because it considered as a male dominant industry. Then she started looking aboard and got one in Scotland.

In 1978, she returned back to India and started her business in a garage of a rented house in Banglore with the starting funding of Rs 10,000. She was the 70% owner because as per Indian law restrict foreign investment to 30%. Her early project was to extract papain (an enzyme from papaya used to tenderize meat) and isinglass (obtained from tropical catfish and used to clarify beer). She faced many challenges in the starting stage of the business. Because of the gender and lack of experience in the business. No bank wants to invest in her business.

After a long fight, she got the funding and step up her first factory in the 3,000-square-foot shed. In 2017, her company worth $2.1 Billion. For her remarkable achievement in science and chemistry, she also won Othmer Gold Medal. She was also in Forbe’s Most Powerful Women In the World list.

6. Priyanka Chopra, Actor & Film producer

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Priyanka Chopra born on 18 July 1982 in Jamshedpur, Bihar which is now part of Jharkhand. Her father was in the army and need to relocate many times. She lived in many places in childhood like Delhi, Chandigarh, Ambala, Ladakh, Lucknow, Bareilly, and Pune. After, she moved to the US with her aunt when she was 13 and studied in Newton, Massachusetts. After three years, she returned back to India and completed her high-school from Army Public School in Bareilly.

In her early age, she started joining local beauty competition and won “May Queen” beauty pageant. After that, her mother entered her in Femina Miss India contest 2000. She successfully entered as a contestant and titled as Miss World 2000.

And the journey starts from there. After winning she started getting offers from Bollywood and she signed her first film with Abbas-Mustan in Humraaz 2000 which was a romantic thriller. After that, it all started and now everyone knows where she stands. She is the First Indian Actress to represent our Nation at such a big level and making all of us proud.

There are many awards in the name of Priyanka Chopra. Out of which important ones are National Award for her role in Fashion 2008. In 2006, She receives Padma Shree Award by Government of India.


5. Chanda Kochhar, CEO, ICICI Bank

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Chanda Kocchar born on 17 November 1961 in Jodhpur and raised in Jaipur, Rajasthan. She started her schooling at St. Angela Sophia School, Jaipur then moved to Mumbai for her graduation where she got a B.Com degree from Jai Hind College.

Later, she studied cost accountancy from Institute of Cost Accountants of India and MMS degree from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. She was very good at studies. For great remarks in studies, she got the Wockhardt Gold Medal for Excellence in Management Studies as well as the J. N. Bose Gold Medal in Cost Accountancy.

In 1986, she joined the ICICI Bank as the management trainee. During that, she handled basic projects like appraisals and monitoring. Her continues hard work and dedication towards the companies goal make the company profitable ever. ICICI Bank won many awards under the leadership of Chanda Kochhar like Best Retail Bank Award by The Asian Banker. She also won some person awards like Retail Banker Of The Year by The Asian Banker, Businesswomen Of The Year by Economic Times and continues to list in the Fortune’s Most Powerful Businesswomen. She is the second Indian women after Sonia Gandhi to list on Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list.

4. Chitra Ramkrishna, Managing Director & CEO, National Stock Exchange of India

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Chitra Ramkrishna born in 1963 in Mumbai. After completing her degrees in B.Com, B.L., and FCA she started her career as a chartered accountant. She first joined the IDBI Bank in project finance division. For a short time period, she worked for the SEBI then returned back to IDBI Bank after two years.

After coming back she worked on her financial skills while working in treasury and fixed income departments before launching her won marketing the trendsetting deep discount bonds. Her seniors praised for extraordinary work and her role in making the bond issue a success.

Later, she became the first women managing director and CEO of the National Stock Exchange. It was a very big responsibility for her to handle such a big system which now ranked as world’s largest exchange in cash market trades. She played a very important in the formation of the regulatory policies for NSE and even today, she became the part of the SEBI committees on different type policy issues. She is also the third woman to head a Stock Exchange in the Asia-Pacific region.

For tremendous work, she was selected as the woman of the year in the Business Leadership Awards by the Forbes magazine. She also won Forbes’ Women Leader of the year in 2003.

3. Sumitra Mahajan, Lok Sabha Speaker

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Sumitra Mahajan born on 12 April 1943 in Chiplun, Maharashtra. She moved to Indore where she completed her education from Indore University which now Devi Ahilya University where she had done B.A., M.A., and L.L.B.

She started her political career in 1989 when she first stood for Lok Sabha Election against former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Prakash Chandra Sethi and won. It was her rise. After that, she served as the Union Minister between 2002 and 2004 where is the response to take care of Human Resources, Communications, and Petroleum. She is well known for her clean and honest politics career.

Under her leadership, she brought many important projects to Indore like Railways, Aviation, Urban Development Ministry etc. In 2004, she got elected 8th time to the Lok Sabha and become one of the three members of 16th Lok Sabha to do so and also currently longest-serving women in parliament. In 2014, she became the second women after Meira Kumar to be elected as the Lok Sabha speaker.

2. Tessy Thomas, Scientist at Defence Research And Development Organisation.

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Tessy Thomas was born in 1963 in Alappuzha, Kerala. She had a tough life while growing up. Her father’s right side of body paralyzed due to suffered stroke when she was 13. Her mother who was a teacher become tough for her to manage all the things at the same time so she quit her job and look after her family. But she’ll make sure all her children get a good education.

She completed her schooling from St. Michael’s Higher Secondary School and St. Joseph’s Girl’s Higher Secondary School in Alleppey. She was really good in studies. She got 100% marks in mathematics in 11th and 12th standard and over 90% marks in science. Because of her such a good academics, she got education loan from State Bank Of India of Rs 100 per month to study engineering.

Her home was close to Thumba Rocket Launching Station. Rockets and missiles always excite her. So she joined Guided Missile from the Institute of Armament Technology, Pune which is now Defence Institute of Advanced Technology for her M.Tech. After that, she also completed her MBA in operations management and Ph.D. in guidance missile under DRDO.

She was appointed by A.P.J Abdul Kalam for Agni Programme where she director Agni-III missile project with the range of 3,000 km. Later on, she became the project director of Agni IV missile and became the first Indian women scientist to lead a missile project which was successfully tested in 2009. She received Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for her work in missile technology and also awarded as D.Sc. by ITM University, Gwalior.


1. Arundhati Bhattacharya, Former Chairperson, State Bank of India

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Arundhati Bhattacharya was born on 18 March 1956 in Kolkata. She grew up in Bhilai where her father worked at Bokaro Steel Plant. She completed her schooling from St. Xavier’s School, Bokaro. She always had interested towards English Literature so for that she went to Kolkata and studied at Lady Brabourne College and then at Jadavpur University.

After completing her education she joined SBI in 1977 as a probationary officer and became the first women to lead an India-based Fortune India 500 company. During her career, she held very important positions for the company such as foreign exchange, treasury, retail operations, human resources and investment banking. She also served in the Bank’s New York office. In 2013, she was promoted to as the chairman of the State Bank Of India and become the first women to be chairman of the SBI.

After that, there were many projects launched under her guidance such as SBI General Insurance, SBI Custodial Services, SBI Pension Funds Pvt. Ltd. and the SBI Macquarie Infrastructure Fund. In 2016, she was in 25th position in Forbes most powerful women in the world and 4th in most powerful women in the Asia Pacific by Fortune.

At the end Wishing all the ladies a very Happy Women’s day. All the partners as well for encouraging your lady to grow in every aspect.

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