The theme for International Women's Day this year is - Choose To Challenge. We can choose to celebrate women and we can choose to question inequality. Every single person's opinion and actions count, so all of us need to collectively come forward and challenge all that is pulling us back instead of forward. This year let's look at ten Indian women who made history by pushing through the gender norms and showing us that we can do whatever we set out minds to.
1. Dr. Anandibai Joshi
One of the first practitioners of western medicine, Dr. Anandibai wanted to provide a safe and comfortable environment for women to get treated. She was the first female of Indian origin to study and graduate with a degree in medicine in the United States.
2. Savitribai Phule
Known as the first female teacher of India, Savitribai Phule started the first girl's school with her husband. She also opened a care center named Balhatya Pratibandhak Griha for pregnant rape victims and helped to deliver their children.
3. Harita Kaur Deol
Harita Kaur Deol was a pilot with the Indian Air Force. Harita became one of the first seven women cadets inducted into the IAF as Short Service Commission officers in 1993. She became the first woman pilot to fly solo in the Indian Air Force, in 1994.
4. Justice Anna Chandy
Justice Anna Chandy, also known as Anna Chandi, was the first female judge and then High Court judge in India. She founded a magazine named 'Shrimati', which aimed to promote the cause of women’s rights.
5. Muthulakshmi Reddy
The unsung feminist of India, she was an educator, a surgeon, a lawmaker, a social reformer. She had a number of firsts to her name: the first female student to be admitted into a men's college, the first woman House Surgeon in the Government Maternity and Ophthalmic Hospital, the first woman Legislator in British India, the first Chairperson of the State Social Welfare Advisory Board, the first woman Deputy President of the Legislative Council, and the first Alderwoman of the Madras Corporation Avvai Home.
Celebrate all the women in your life for all that they do this year. Plan a special day with your mother or sister or treat your female friends and let them know how much you appreciate them. Get them unique Women's Day Gifts or something that they cherish. We have handpicked gifts for all that you need, from gifts for travel lovers to unicorn lovers, it's all under one roof. For a personal touch, we also offer handwritten note to go with the gift.
Let's celebrate women and #Choosetochallenge.