5 Indian Women Who Were Pioneers In Their Field Like Kadambini From The Bangla TV Serial

We got you these examples of strong Indian women like Kiran Bedi and Arati Saha, who challenged all norms to pursue their ambitions! Read on.

Rohini

July 22, 2020

Entertainment

5 min

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The latest Zee Bangla TV serial Kadambini explores the life of Dr Kadambini Ganguly, the first woman ever to become a doctor in Bengal! Ushasi Ray plays the lead role and brings to life the tale of this amazing historical character who challenged societal norms prevalent in those times to achieve her goals, and paved the way for all women aspiring to be doctors in the future. Let’s take a look at a few more examples of women in India who broke all norms to pursue their dreams and became pioneers in their respective fields!

Meanwhile, watch an episode from Kadambini here:

1. Sarla Thakral

Sarla Thakral
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The first woman from India to become a pilot was the venerated Sarla Thakral. Born in 1914, she earned an aviation license at the age of 21, and flew a Gypsy Moth aircraft all by herself! Sarla Thakral was the first Indian woman to fly an airplane, and it was fortunate that she had the full support of her husband, who came from a long line of pilots himself.

2. Kiran Bedi

Kiran Bedi
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The famous Kiran Bedi was the first woman to become an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer in 1975. This brave pioneer served for a whopping 35 years before retiring in 2007. Kiran Bedi won the President’s Police Medal in 1979, and fought passionately for crimes against women throughout her career. She also initiated a campaign against drug abuse, which officially became the Navjyoti India Foundation.

3. Arunima Sinha

Arunima Sinha
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Arunima Sinha is an ace sportswoman from India! She is an excellent mountaineer and also a volleyball champion. She has an incredibly inspiring story, and went on to become the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus and several other such heights! In 2011, she was pushed from a moving train by some robbers, and sustained injuries that led to her left leg being amputated. This did not deter her from pursuing her dreams courageously and achieving all her goals thereafter!

4. Arati Saha

Arati Saha
Arati Saha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arati Saha was an Indian swimmer who swam long distances competitively. She became the first woman in the whole of Asia to swim across the English Channel in 1959, and was the first sportswoman to win a Padma Shri award in 1960! Born in 1940, she was truly a prodigy who took to swimming from the tender age of four, and did not look back since.

5. Mary Kom

Mary Kom
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Mary Kom is the first Indian female boxer to win a medal across all the six World Championship games! Fondly referred to as ‘Magnificent Mary,’ she was also the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at the Asian Games in 2014, and the first to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics. And what’s more, this unstoppable force also won the top spot at the 2018 Commonwealth Games! Isn’t that totally impressive?

Which of these pioneering women inspired you the most? Let us know in the comments below!

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