Happy Women’s Day! I wish all the women in our life a happy Women’s day. Let’s make our part in giving our gratitude for the multitude of selfless roles played by women in our life.
Women’s Day 2018 is celebrated on March 8th 2018. This is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Women from every walk of life have climbed to success. Women’s Day is celebrated in the form rallies, panel discussions, seminars, networking events and performances.
In this much celebrated Women’s day, let’s emphasize few Women Achievers that Google has doodled in their search engine.
- Asima Chatterjee
Asima Chatterjee (23 September 1917 – 22 November 2006) was an Indian organic chemist noted for her work in the fields of organic chemistry and phytomedicine. Her most notable work includes research on vinca alkaloids, the development of anti-epileptic drugs, and development of anti-malarial drugs. She also authored a considerable volume of work on medicinal plants of the Indian subcontinent. She was the first woman to receive a Doctorate of Science from an Indian university.
Nargis was an Indian film actress. Regarded as one of the greatest actresses in the history of Hindi cinema, she made her screen debut as a child in Talash-E-Haq. She received lasting fame for her movies and became mother to another great actor Sanjay Dutt.
- Savitribai Phule
Savitribai Jyotirao Phule was an Indian social reformer and poet. Along with her husband, Jyotirao Phule, she played an important role in improving women’s rights in India during British rule. She laid emphasis on educating women. Savitribai Phule was a leading social reformer of her time credited with starting the first school for women. A believer in equal rights for men and women – she advocated changes in Indian society considered by many as way ahead of her time. India’s feminists in fact owe a lot to this radical social reformer.
- Annie Besant
Annie Besant was a leading member of the Theosophical Society, a feminist and political activist, and a politician in India. Annie Besant fought for the causes she thought were right, such as, women’s rights, secularism, birth control, Fabian socialism and workers’ rights. She became interested in Theosophy as a way of knowing God. She espoused freedom of thought, women’s rights, secularism, birth control and the rights of the working class.
- Amrita Sher-Gil
Amrita Sher–Gil was an eminent Hungarian-Indian painter. She has been called “one of the greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century” and a “pioneer” in modern Indian art. She has captured various aspects of pre-Independent India through her paintings. The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi Museum has her substantial body of works done during her short, but productive career as an artist. The museum has in its collection a significant part of her oeuvre and some of these are displayed here in the exhibit.
- Rukmini Devi
Rukmini Devi Arundale was an Indian theosophist, dancer and choreographer of the Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam, and an activist for animal rights and welfare. She also is the first ever woman in Indian history to be nominated as the Rajya Sabha member. She is considered the most important revivalist in the Indian classical dance form of Bharatnatyam.
- Homai Vyarawalla
Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first woman photojournalist known for widely photographing India’s transition from the British Raj to an independent Nation. Homai Vyarawalla was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award, in 2011. She was also conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the I&B Ministry in 2010.
- Anasuya Sarabhai
Anasuya Sarabhaiwas a pioneer of the women’s labour movement in India. She founded the Ahmedabad Textile Labour Association (Majoor Mahajan Sangh), India’s oldest union of textile workers, in 1920. Google honoured Anasuya Sarabhai with a doodle on her 132nd birth anniversary
- Rukhmabai Raut
Rukhmabai Raut was an Indian physician and feminist. She is best known for being one of the first practicing women doctors in colonial India as well as being involved in a landmark legal case involving her marriage as a child bride between 1884 and 1888. She was instrumental in getting the obnoxious practice of child marriages banned not only in colonial India but the entire British Empire.
- Kamala Das
Popularly known by her pseudonyms Madhavikutty and Ami, Kamala Das is prominent in Indian literature for her poetry and short stories. Her popularity in Kerala is based chiefly on her short stories and autobiography.
With only brighter hope for the future that there are many Indian women who lined up to be celebrated by international audience, we wish every woman a Happy International Women’s Day.