Meet The Indian Women Who Made It To The List Of ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ By Forbes

From sports to business, space, tech, entertainment, politics, and more, Indian women have conquered every social space and no sector is untouched by them. Breaking free from the regressive mindsets and patriarchal society that still restrict many to move out of the four walls of their homes, women like Nirmala Sitharaman, Falguni Nayar, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, and Roshni Nadar Malhotra have made us proud by making it to the list of ‘The World’s Most Powerful Women 2021’ by American business magazine Forbes.


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While Nayar and Shaw got their first mention in the 100 most powerful women list, it’s the third year in a row for India’s first full-time female finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman. This year she made it to the 37th position preceding prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Rihanna, and Queen Elizabeth II.

The next Indian woman on the list was Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw ranked 72. According to her Forbes profile, Biocon’s Executive Chairperson is India’s richest self-made woman.

HCL Corporation CEO Roshni Nadar Malhotra also bagged the 52nd rank on the list.

At 88th position is Falguni Nayar, owner of Indian e-commerce company Nykaa.

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This year, philanthropist, author, and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, MacKenzie Scott dominated the list by taking over the first position. Sitting on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th position were Kamala Harris (the first woman, the first Black person, and the first South Asian-American to become U.S. vice president), Christine Lagarde (the first woman to head the European Central Bank), Mary Barra (CEO, General Motors) and Melinda French Gates (co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), in that order.

Since 2004, the magazine has been compiling their annual list of the 100 most powerful women in the world based on visibility and economic impact.

At a time when scores of women are thriving hard to live life on their own terms, it’s wonderful to see such inspiring Indian women making it to the top. More power to you!

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