Honouring Women this Women’s Day from across the world
It is International Women’s Day on March 8 - the day when the world celebrates women’s beauty, femininity, acknowledges her wisdom and admires her internal strength. This day is not about just women who have made a mark in the society, national or international level, but every woman who forges ahead day-by-day, bit-by-bit and most importantly not getting defeated by circumstances is a winner in herself and needs to be celebrated.
This year’s theme for the celebration is ‘Each for Equal’ and even the global economics vouches for it. On this day, let us check out how some women achievers have made a mark in fields that were not said to be for ‘dainty lot’.
Women have forayed in the male-dominated world of sports. For the first time, the Indian Women’s cricket team, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, made it to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup finals at Sydney Cricket Ground which will be played on March 8. On the other hand, wrestler Mary Kom is the only woman to have won the World Amateur Boxing championship six times and even won a medal in each one of the first seven World Championships. She is the only boxer (male /female) to win eight World Championship medals.
Women were best suited to handle household budgets, but when Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman took over the reins of the country’s finances in 2019, thus becoming the first full-time female finance minister she proved females had more nerve than most men around. She presented her maiden budget in the Indian parliament in July 2019. Similarly, Gita Gopinath is the first woman Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She also holds the post of co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics programme.
Decades before, women had to fight for their rights on this planet Earth. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are first all-women astronauts to have a space-walk for hours to replace a failed power control unit outside the International Space Station (ISS).
Another scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Muthayya Vanitha is the first and only woman project director of ISRO to have played a significant role in the Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission in July 2019.
Not only space and earth, but women are also becoming the queen of the marine area. Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi Swarup became the First Woman Pilot of the Indian Navy to join the operational duties in Kochi naval base after completing her training in Southern Command of Kochi-based Indian Naval Air Squadron 550 in December 2019.
Hence, be it about winning the World Cup or walking other difficult professional terrains, it is the women spirit that is keeping them ahead across every segment.