Women and Gender Equality: Paving Way for a Progressive India

Women have always been at the forefront of innovation, contributing to groundbreaking discoveries and inventions that have changed the world as we know it. However, historically, their contributions have often been overlooked or undervalued.

Today, women are continuing to break down barriers and make significant strides in fields like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They are also successful entrepreneurs and have strong creative instincts. These advancements have led to the development of new products, services, and technologies that are transforming industries and improving lives.

Here is a list of some such inspiring women who will motivate you to work beyond adversities-

Dr. Avantika Krishna Killa, Founder, Panchatattva: Dr. Avantika, who is the founder of Panchatattva, is a licenced Naturopathic and Yoga Physician who approaches health in a holistic manner. She is a leader who has transformed the world with her experience and knowledge. With over ten years of expertise in integrative health, she is adamant that maintaining balance is the key to good health and that adhering to Mother Nature’s principles will help one cure the chronic illnesses we face today. She has devoted a lot of her time to treating a number of chronic lifestyle-related ailments, including diabetes, asthma, autoimmune diseases, sciatica, PCOS, infertility, obesity, thyroid issues, dyslipidaemia, and others. She has had the chance to collaborate with a number of outstanding doctors, naturopaths, and hospitals, including the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. She has further training as a chiropractor and acupuncturist. Often women take a back seat owing to the family responsibilities and also neglect their own health, however, Dr. Avantika who advises all women to take good care of themselves and maintain a strong work life balance, is already an inspiration to thousands of women in her community.


Shweta Baisla, COO and CFO of Sona Machinery Pvt Ltd: Sona Machinery’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. She is the part of Senior Leadership and Management Team. She has is at the helm of affairs at Sona Machinery and overlooks the finance, accounting and operational functions. She looks after cash flow, allocations of budget among various tasks, and as well as achieving revenue and profit targets. She has played a key role in the organization’s overall financial, regulatory, and operational functions over  a period of time. Shweta is an experienced financial and regulatory expert. She uses complex financial modelling to put current, past, and predicted financial data in perspective, to help the organisation make sounder financial decisions. She is an experienced professional and has held several positions including taking care of EY’s transaction advisory team among others. Under her leadership Sona Machinery has achieved various milestones.


Shabnum Khan: The founder of Mandrake Mydia and 750AD Healthcare Pvt. Ltd., Shabnum Khan, is a multifaceted businessperson in many respects. She directed the process of change via 750AD Healthcare Pvt. Ltd, India’s healthcare review website, because she had always wanted to help the community. Ms. Khan is a visionary who has transformed the healthcare industry, which is frequently and predominately dominated by men. She organises awareness campaigns and is adamant that, despite gender prejudices, it is the work that counts. Shabnum doesn’t hold back from going into the field and works nonstop with her male competitors, dispelling the stereotype that women should only labour a certain amount of time.


Mrs. Anu Khanna: Mrs. Khanna is the Director of Gem Selections of Khanna Gems Group and is a leader that all women admire. Women who work in business may succeed, but they must also persevere through the struggles of juggling their home and professional lives. Mrs. Anu Khanna is a leader who has helped to create a changing entrepreneurial environment with a focus on women. She maintains balance in both her personal and professional lives while leading her venture and also propagates the same down to her team.


Mugdha Pradhan, CEO & Founder of iThrive is a TedX speaker, serial entrepreneur, author, and orator with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition. She tapped into the field of functional medicine when her own health began to deteriorate. Through this process, Mugdha discovered the shortcomings of conventional medicine and how it is not subjective and doesn’t treat the body holistically. Following a period of ill health, she was inspired to change her life for the better and began researching the functional nutritive powers of food – an approach that is revolutionizing the nutrition industry.

In 2019, she founded iThrive,a health and wellness startup that focuses on reversing chronic health conditions and lifestyle diseases permanently through Functional Nutrition using advanced testing and root cause analysis. iThrive is backed by a team of highly qualified functional nutritionists that help people in reversing a multitude of health dysfunctions through their expertise, science-backed functional nutrition coaching, and real-time response.

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