Our next superwoman has not only driven change, but has been the driving force for many others to make positive changes in their own lives.
Sudha Murthy - The first woman engineer to work at Telco believes in perseverance, focus, and hard work. Ms Murthy’s attitude on being asked about being afraid of failure shines light on how she may have managed tough times and earned her successes.
“On the contrary I want to try new things. You know, many a times I feel I may fail but I always like to start a new thing. Doesn’t matter, failure also gives us lessons and failure lessons are non-redeemable, meaning, you will not forget them.”
Failure and our next wonder woman, Priya Kannan, seem to be strangers. Faced with the possibility of raising two children on the autism spectrum, Priya ignored pessimistic doctors and teachers, and carved her own path towards improving her children’s lives. The lack of Autism Awareness in India prompted her to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day with her friends Sudha and Krithika. They along with other parents of “Wiztara for Autism” organised Samarpan Utsav 2016 and 2017, and rumour has it that Priya’s daughter has taken up a rising interest in baking garlic bread and cake and that her son is to now appear for his 10th standard examinations.
She won, not only for her son, but for so many children facing similar conditions.
Dr. Akkai Padmashali
Being true to who you are is important for the work that you do. No one has driven this notion further than Dr. Akkai Padmashali - A proud transgender activist. Years of taunting and difficulties such as facing constant social exclusion, led her to create Ondede - A human rights organisation that talks about children, women and sexual minorities. Her fight to bring awareness has led her to #PressForProgress by speaking with national and local councils about equality and justice. Her efforts weren't in vain. She was acknowledged in 2012 by the then President of India, Pranab Mukherjee who had invited her to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Justice of India post which she has spoken to both national and local councils.
Driving change in one’s lifestyle may seem difficult, but let’s rewind back to 16th April, 2015 when Anuradha made the decision to provide safe and secure travel for women chauffeurs with Go Pink. Realising that not all journeys are safe for women and to give underprivileged women a chance at sitting behind the wheel.
Our Vedaearth woman have triumphed through all the challenges that have come their way. Vedearth is proud to feature women who #PressForprogress because achievement comes in many forms and we value women's individual and collective success.