The Women 2013
Priyanshi Somani, Mathematician

Priyanshi Somani, Mathematician

Age does not define the boundaries of excellence and Priyanshi Somani has proved just that. She is the first Indian to win the prestigious Mental Calculation World Cup in 2010, achieving this feat at a young age of 12 years!

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Preeti Kapadia (Gujarat), Sarpanch

Preeti Kapadia, is a 35-year-old woman, who grew up in an average middle class household in rural Gujarat. Her parents were supportive of her education and she graduated from college with distinction. Soon after, she married and settled down in Morthan Village

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Ritu Biyani

Ritu Biyani

A dental surgeon by profession, Ritu Biyani has several feathers to her hat. The first Lady Officer Paratrooper from the Indian Army’s dental corps, she served as Captain in the army for 10 years until she decided to become a full time mother for her daughter. Ritu’s entire

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Sharda Bhati (Ahmedabad), Social Worker

Sharda Bhati (Ahmedabad), Social Worker

37-year-old Sharda Bhati is a relentless crusader for the rights of the ‘devadasi’ women in Ahmedabad’s Wadia village. Sharda grew up in a supportive low-income family, completing her high school in Rajasthan and marrying soon after. She decided to volunteer with the

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Noorjahan Diwan (Gujarat), Social Worker

Noorjahan Diwan (Gujarat), Social Worker

Noorjahan Diwan, today a social activist, is a determined young Muslim woman. Not long ago, she was scared to board a bus or to walk home from the bus stop alone. Married at a young age, Noorjahan soon had three children. With a resolve to complete her education after

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Fulmatai Dayaram Belsare (Maharashtra), Sarpanch

Fulmatai Dayaram Belsare (Maharashtra), Sarpanch

Fulmatai Dayaram Belsare is the first woman sarpanch representing the Jambhli grampanchayat of Jamunnala village of Maharashtra. A member of Korku tribe, she is a true representation of a woman’s ability to make a difference to the society by spinning the

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Sunita Aralikar (Maharashtra), Social Worker

Sunita Aralikar (Maharashtra), Social Worker

Sunita Aralikar, a 56-year-old woman is a well-known social activist for female infanticide and an author today. Hailing from a remote village in the Latur hamlet of Maharashtra, where girl children are often looked upon as burdens, Sunita has overcome many life-threatening

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Vijaya Pastala (Maharashtra), Social Worker

Vijaya Pastala is the founder & CEO of Under The Mango Tree (UTMT), a social enterprise that brings a variety of agricultural products to the market to support rural livelihoods. While helping in relief work after a devastating earthquake in Latur, Maharashtra,

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