10 successful women who don't give a damn about playing dress up
Because gender doesn't define brilliance.
Brilliance has got nothing to do with the clothes we wear. But if you live in Donald Trump's America or patriarchal India, and happen to be a woman--then well, you better dress like a woman. Because you know what? That's what smart women do. Nah! We're just kidding. You don't need to give in to nonsensical stereotypes to be successful. These 10 inspirational women didn't.
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More often than not, we have seen pictures of Sunita Williams dressed in a space suit. After all, she made headlines for her professional achievements. In 2015, NASA announced Williams as one of the first astronauts for U.S. Commercial spaceflights. And it makes us proud.
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The first woman IPS officer, Kiran Bedi is an inspiration to millions in India. Did you know that she introduced several reforms at Tihar Jail, which gained worldwide acclaim and won her the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1994? Seriously, who doesn't want to be like her?
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This is what a woman looks like. She looks like a fighter! Mary Kom is the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships. A wife and a mother, she made a name for herself in the world by being the best at what she does.
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The first woman in India to become the Lieutenant General of Indian Armed Forces and the first Vice admiral of Indian Navy, Punita Arora is a legend. Born in 1932, she achieved great heights in the time when women were restricted to household chores. Her tale of courage is an inspiration in itself.
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A world renowned athlete, PT Usha became a household name thanks to her athletic excellence. Also known as the queen of Indian track and field, she has won four gold medals at the 10th Asian Games held in 1986. One of the best athletes that India has produced, she is truly India's golden girl.
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The country cheered when Sakshi Malik became India's first female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics. And millions joined in the celebration to welcome her home, post her win. Her story of success proves that gender is no hindrance in the way of triumph.
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Chief executive officer at PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi is a success magnet and also among world's 100 most powerful women. Come on, she is running an entire company for God's sake! And doing a fabulous job at it. She proves it that aptitude has no gender.
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Who says boardroom is no place for women? Meet Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, a celebrated entrepreneur and the chairman of Biocon. In 2016, she was listed as one of the most powerful women in the world by Forbes magazine.
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How can we forget Donald Trump's competition in the 2016 US Presidential elections? Though Trump won, Clinton managed to win hearts--something that the current President has failed to do so. Wife of former US President Bill Clinton, she is one of the most powerful politicians in the country.
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Last, but not the least-the hilarious gags made by television host Ellen challenges that stereotypes that women aren't funny. It is almost impossible to not go ROFL when she gets on with one her side-splitting monologues. Do you even care that she is a woman? We think not.