International Women’s Day: Global Indian women making a mark across the board

International Women’s Day: Global Indian women making a mark across the board

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, ‘iGlobal’ is reliving some of the stand-out Global Indian success stories from across different sectors that we had a chance to spotlight in the past few months.

From a scientist helping land a mission on Mars and award-winning actors smashing the glass ceiling to those digging out forgotten stories of the empire and flagging the impact of unconscious bias, the sheer scale of expertise is inspiring and motivating in equal measure.

Here is just a brief snapshot of some recent stories by and about some high-achieving Global Indian women:

Unfinished: Priyanka Chopra Jonas on pushing boundaries

I feel grateful for being able to break down doors where I didn't have any help when I first started attempting to join films. I was told girls are replaceable, they're always inferior to patriarchal existing rules. Read/Watch More

Touchdown confirmed by Indian American Swati Mohan

Dr Mohan was at the controls during the historic moment when NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully touched down on the surface of Mars, after surviving a blazing seven-minute plunge through the Martian atmosphere. Read More

Nina Wadia’s advice for struggling actors: Grab an ice pick

The well-loved British Indian actor from ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ and ‘EastEnders’ spoke at length with ‘iGlobal’ about her recent OBE for services to entertainment and charity and candidly admitted that the glass ceiling does exist, but the answer is to grab an ice pick and start climbing the success ladder. Read/Watch More

Is it possible to have non-binary debates on empire?

As part of her regular In Conversation series for ‘iGlobal’, Women Empowered Chair Reena Ranger most recently caught up with Sathnam Sanghera to talk about his bestseller ‘Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain’ and made us all question many of our long-held views. Read/Watch More

A real-life Sherlock Holmes tale lost in the annals of history

British Indian historian-author Shrabani Basu’s latest book, ‘The Mystery of the Parsee Lawyer: Arthur Conan Doyle, George Edalji and the case of the foreigner in the English village’, tells the forgotten story of a scandal that involved a wrongly accused Indian man. Read/Watch More

Londoner Smita Tharoor didn’t let lockdown scupper her plans

When the Founder of Tharoor Associates and Co-founder of Culturelytics found herself locked down in Delhi last year, she took the opportunity to explore a new landscape with the launch of her ‘Stories of Unconscious Bias’ podcast series of interviews with inspiring personalities. Read More

Sheetal Sheth created her Anjali books to tell every child’s story

The Indian American actress, producer and author is preparing for the launch of the latest in her Anjali series of books, centred around a little girl with a great big heart – created to help shine a light on diverse Global Indian storylines. Read More

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