I Can Do Anything
Women around the world have been breaking glass ceilings and stereotypes, proving that nothing can stand between them and their ambitions. They have had to ignore the voices constantly telling them that a woman can’t dream big because her place is at home. With sheer passion and talent driving them, these women have shown the world that there is nothing that they can’t do! Here are some of the most fearless Indian women who will inspire you with their stories.
- Mary Kom
Growing up in a poor agricultural family in Manipur, Mary Kom beat all the odds to become a five-time World Boxing Champion. Her family tried their hardest to discourage her from boxing despite her obvious natural talent for it. They feared that with a bruised face, no one would want to marry her anymore. But when they realised how passionate she was, her parents sold their cow to pay for her training. With a bronze Olympic medal as the prize for all her hard work, Mary Kom proved that nothing can stop a woman from achieving her dreams.
- Chanda Kochhar
By smashing the glass ceiling to smithereens, Chanda Kochhar rose to prominence as the Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank. When she first took up this position, there were many who doubted her abilities solely because she was a woman. She also had to face a lot of critics who believed that she wouldn’t be able to focus on her job because she was married with children. However, Chanda Kochhar proved every critic wrong. By steering ICICI Bank to new heights, she proved that marriage and children don’t have to put an end to a woman’s ambitions.
- Arunima Sinha
If your biggest dream was to climb to the peak of Mt. Everest, then a leg amputation might put an end to it for good. But not for Arunima Sinha. When she lost her leg in a train accident, many people told her she would never be able to find a husband. But she did something even better: she climbed Mt. Everest. Despite people telling her she was on a suicide mission, Arunima stuck to her resolve and trained hard every single day. She had to battle through unimaginable pain and physical challenges to finally be able to reach the peak of Mt. Everest. But her real accomplishment lay in completely transforming the way people viewed women with disabilities.
- Vidya Balan
In an industry that places huge pressure on an actress to look a certain way, Vidya Balan never succumbed to it. Despite being constantly told to lose weight and look more glamorous, she was determined to not lose sight of her identity. With the sheer force of her talent, she bagged some of the top roles in Indian films and has been lauded by critics and audiences alike. Vidya Balan is an inspiration to every woman who has been told that she’s not beautiful enough and feels forced to conform to society’s standards of beauty.
- Monica Dogra
With her unique voice and music, Monica Dogra has become one of the biggest female musicians on the Indian music scene. As the lead singer of the electronic rock band Shaa’ir+Func, she has been constantly reinventing the rock genre in India. Monica Dogra should be an inspiration for every budding female musician because she has broken stereotypes of what female singers should sound like and has brought a fresh new vibe to music in India.
These women prove that there is nothing a woman can’t do if she has passion and talent. If your dream is to become the top female musician, don’t let anything get in your way to making this come true. Forum Rock On is the stage you’ve been waiting for to let your musical talent shine! This contest is open to all genres, so register your band right away and play at Forum Sujana Mall.