International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political accomplishments of women. The day also calls upon civil society for accelerating gender parity. The theme of this year can be summed up with their hashtag, #BeBoldForChange.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been held since in the early 1900’s – a period of countless growth and turmoil in the world that saw thriving population evolution and the rise of sweeping ideologies. No single government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is individually responsible for International Women’s Day. Many establishments declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are embraced more extensively with significance than others.
This year we at Kapoor Watch Company salute some stalwarts from the field of business, sports and philanthropy for their outstanding contribution to their respective fields.
1. Melinda Gates
An awardee of the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE), Melinda Gates is the founder of one of the largest philanthropic organizations on the world, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
2. Indra Nooyi
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi is an American, business executive and the current Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world by net revenue.
3. Arundhati Bhattacharya
Arundhati Bhattacharya is an Indian banker and is currently the Chair-Managing director of the State Bank of India. She is the first woman to be the Chairperson of State Bank of India. In 2016, she was listed as the 25th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
4. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is one of India’s leading entrepreneurs. She is the chairman and managing director of Biocon Limited, a biotechnology company based in Bangalore, India and the chairperson of IIM-Bangalore.
5. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player, who has been widely regarded as one of the best sports personalities in the world. Her total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles marks the record for the most Major wins by a tennis player in the Open Era.
6. Christine Lagarde
Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde is a French lawyer and politician who has been the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund since 5 July 2011. Lagarde was the first woman to become finance minister of a G8 economy and is the first woman to head the IMF.