Women's day 2020: Top 5 India's most Powerful Women in politics and business
Power isn't easily acquired, with one's skill and mentality it needs to be worked towards and achieved. Whether it's politics or industry, holding...
Power isn't easily acquired, with one's skill and mentality it needs to be worked towards and achieved. Whether it's politics or industry, holding power isn't an easy feat, but some women have made their way into the male-centered arenas as well as shattered ceilings.
1) Smriti Irani, Minister of Textiles, Minister of Women and Child Development.
At the age of 43, she is Currently the youngest Minister in the Council of Ministers. A parliamentarian, representing Amethi, Smriti Irani was initially the Union Minister for Human Resource Development from May 2014 to July 2016, before being moved to the Textiles Ministry in 2016. She was handed over the additional charge of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in 2107. She retained her position as Minister of Textiles in 2019 after the general elections, and was given the additional responsibility of the Ministry of Women and Child Development. She launched The Global Academic Networks Initiative (GIAN) under her leadership to tap into the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs, Udaan Yojana and Pragati Scheme to tackle girls ' low enrolment in engineering colleges. Apparel and Made up Sector Special Package which provides financial support, among many others, to small-scale players in the textile industry.
2) Nita Ambani, Chairperson and Founder, Reliance Foundation and Dhirubhai Ambani International School
She made her own name in philanthropy, athletics and sports. She has many achievements to her credit, the first Indian to become a trustee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA, and the first Indian woman to become a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2016. From empowerment of women and the campaign ' Sports for All' to bring sport to the grassroots level. she has made a huge difference with the work that she does.
3) Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Chairperson and MD, Biocon Limited
A winner of Padma Shri (1989) and Padma Bhushan (2005), Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company which she kicked off in 1978 in a garage in Bangalore. Shaw was one of the world's 100 most influential men on TIME magazine in 2010. In 2014 Forbes listed her as the world's 92nd most influential woman. Fast forward three years, she was in the 71st spot in 2017 after appearing two more times in the ranking. She made it big at a time when it wasn't normal to see a woman succeed in the corporate world.
4) Priya Dutt, Former Congress MP; Trustee, Nargis Dutt Foundation
Since 2005 to 2014 she was a Member of Parliament. Sunil Dutt's daughter and Sanjay Dutt's niece, she's taken her father's legacy forward with her political career. She took time to concentrate on the Nargis Dutt Foundation, despite losing in the 2014 elections. Her goal in the foundation is that the lack of funds makes no patient lose his / her life. They work for early cancer detection in patients since that is the only way to reduce mortality rates. She says, "We don't even consider ourselves an NGO; we're mediators, and all we do is through donations from people.
5) Schauna Chauhan, CEO, Parle Agro
In 2006, she took over the company's reins from her father and increased its annual business from Rs 600 to Rs 4,200 crore. Frooti has a leading market share in the mango drinks category, under her leadership. Parle Agro now has 13 operating units and products, in addition to Frooti, ranging from bottled tea, fizzy drinks to snacks. She learned all on the job from building trust within the team, finding and hiring applicants, developing a community that supports and retains its employees. Chauhan is also a single mom to Jahaan, 5,