“It’s time we realise that feminism is equality of both genders and not the empowerment of one,” echoes Aranya Johar, poet and a part of BBC’s Most Inspirational Women of 2020. Echoing this sentiment, b-schools across the country encourage gender diversity with bonus points for female applicants. At InsideIIM too, we recognise the immense contribution women bring to management. In 2019-20, we met and interacted with some outstanding women leaders and pioneers. Many of our readers, and b-school students too, came up with inspirational stories on life, depression, inclusion and more. We’d like to thank all you ladies (all genders really!) out there. Today, on International Women’s Day 2020, here’s some inspirational stories celebrating womanhood, survival and inclusion.
Check out these inspirational stories to help you on your own journey!
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“As I was learning, I started questioning. Even my mother supported my action of boycotting burkha. When I was ashamed for not wearing a burkha, I used to say why don't you ask your boys to wear kurta pajamas all the time? Why only girls? The problem was lack of education. They didn't have a point of view. They accepted what they were told. What's the literacy rate of Muslims in India? Around 42.7%? And how many Muslims do we find in good schools and colleges? Very few.”
- Talat Khanum’s story is one of true courage and broadening of horizons. Expected to go to a Madarsa for education, Talat rebelled against the fetters of societal expectations went t
“I have the opportunity to interact, live and study with few of the brightest minds of the country. With IIM Rohtak having a strong male base of 120 out of 240, men of our batch who come from all over the country were to be my subjects for interrogation. Thus, began the in-depth interviews or should I say, many chai-pe-charchas at our very own ‘tapri’.”
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“A lot has been said before, and a lot more is yet to come but how much of it stays is the question. There’s so much to fight for that sometimes, we as women, are made to question ourselves, ‘Is it that we are asking for too much?’ I am sure we are not. We are asking for a gender-neutral society. What is so difficult to understand about this? Is it the people or the system?”
- Shivangi Tripathi from IIM Nagpur raises some questions that make you think. Read what she has to say about “women empowerment.”
“I believe knowledge is the biggest source of empowerment for anyone. My belief and my passion for Human Resource Management activated me to pursue my longtime aspiration of being an MBA. Well, it was an indeed tough call to make, given the fact that I was married and had a much-coveted PSU job. I had to hear comments like “Has she gone mad to leave her job and live away from her husband just for another degree?” and the likes of “These days girls are more ambitious than they should be”! But my desire to learn and the unrelenting support of my husband & other family members kept me motivated to live my decision.”
- Sakshi Gupta from IIM Ranchi shares her views on sexism, feminism, office politics and more.
Rutuja Borade, is pursuing an MBA from IIM Trichy. She holds a dual degree (B.Tech and M.Tech) in Engineering Physics from IIT Bombay. She also runs her own fitness studio and is a professional model. A small glimpse of her talents is exemplified through her clearing of CFA level-1 in the first year of MBA, along with her achievements outside the world of academics. Her journey from being an engineer to model to an MBA student is definitely an inspiration for all the young ladies out there who aspire to follow their heart and achieve big in life.
Meet Nikita Tayal from IIFT Delhi. Nikita came to terms with the financial difficulty her family was going through, at a very early age, when paying her school fees were getting delayed frequently. Struggling to understand why it is happening, she went directly to her mother, only to know about the struggling business of her father and the crisis situation that her family was going through. It is then that she decided to take things in her hand.
Amidst submissions, deadlines and exams, we got a chance to catch up with Aayushi Agarwal, who was more than willing to share her story! Here is how it unravels. Aayushi is an electrical engineer from DCE, Delhi University Gold Medalist. Aayushi worked in NTPC for four years. She took CAT in 2014, and is a PGP 2015-17 student at IIM Bangalore. Passionate about fitness and enjoys swimming and running, she loves to watch short films and comedy series.
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