Beyonce said it best when she sang, “Who runs the world? Girls.”
Gone are the days when women were seen in pre-defined roles in a male-dominated society. The women today, across the globe, are not only vocalizing the issues that were for long brushed under the carpet but are increasingly taking and nailing the top-ranking roles across the spectrum.
As India recently dedicated the nine auspicious days of Durga Puja to celebrate the power of women, we feature seven incredibly inspiring quotes from iconic women entrepreneurs and trailblazers to motivate every single woman to strive for their goals.
Indra Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo
Indra Nooyi defied the stereotypes of gender and race to become the CEO of the world’s second-largest food & beverage company, PepsiCo. She is a living example of what can be achieved through determination!
Estee Lauder, Entrepreneur
Being one of the most successful business owners, Estee Lauder was one of the richest, self-made women entrepreneurs in America. She believed in the products she created and that was the single most important reason for her roaring success.
Oprah Winfrey, Entrepreneur, Producer and Philanthropist
An American media mogul, TV host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey’s story is beyond the rags-to-riches journey. She believed in herself and worked hard to turn her dreams into reality, without letting anyone define her.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, Author
An entrepreneur and a successful author, Sandberg is someone who has made successful transitions from Washington to Wall Street. Her growth to one of the most well-known startups of the world shows that anyone can turn things around- all you need is a much-needed second chance.
Kiran Majumdar Shaw, Founder Chairperson and Managing Director (CMD) of Biocon Limited
Voted twice by Forbes as one of the most powerful women in the world, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is one of India’s most successful female icons. She made her name in the gender-biased industry by sheer grit, ideas, and vision. Under her guidance, Biocon became the second Indian company to cross the $1-billion mark on the first day of listing by closing with a market value of $1.11 billion.
Indu Jain, Chairperson of Times Group
Indu Jain, with her knowledge, experience, vision and hard work, made the Times Group one of the largest media industries. Her work has shown not only the nation but the whole world that a woman can make her story unique and powerful by herself and she doesn’t need to sacrifice anything to do that.
Chanda Kochhar, Former MD and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank
Considered by many as a transformative figure, Chanda’s leadership approach was questioned by many industry leaders, but it never bothered her. Even as the world is just coming to terms with women leadership, women entrepreneurs like Chanda help eliminate archaic beliefs and nuances about women in leadership.