Navratri is one of the most awaited Festivals of the year! Even though it’s a Hindu celebration, it is celebrated by all! Navratri, meaning “nine nights” is celebrated in honour of Goddess Durga and themed as the battle between Good and Evil, where forces of Good triumphs in the end.
These nine days have specified colours to them symbolizing different values and qualities. The best part of this festival is bringing people together through this colour system, programs, coordinated dressing, and pictures. Many people religiously follow the colour system at home and at their workplace. This itself brings a sense of unity amongst diverse cultures which India is famous for!
We have used these 9 colours as symbols of 9 strong women and incorporated their life stories that have set examples for many! Everyone has a purpose on this planet and some of these women, through their martyrdom have proved that their purpose is still not over. For women empowerment, it is very important for women to empower each other, make them independent, educated, sufficient and capable human beings. Through these articles, we’ve managed to depict 9 human Goddesses in this sense.
Day 1: Yellow, The Airhostess
No aeroplane could fly well without a perfect cabinet crew of females trying to make every ride perfect and comfortable. Our Indian Air Hostesses are courageous and confident women who cater to hundreds of passengers to make them have a safe and comfortable journey anywhere across the globe. It all seems pleasant and glamorous until we understand the numerous efforts taken to build such an environment, work atmosphere as well as a comfortable ambience.
An air hostess’s job not only serves other customers to comfort them but also sets an example of personal grooming and maintaining oneself! They treat everyone with equality and respect and during times of crisis, they fiercely handle the passengers on board and even sacrifice their lives if they have to!
Amidst dreams, clouds and stars, we live a comfortable life with much ease and at the same time feel safe and secured. This is exactly how our lives would be if women were given the power to lead!
Day 2: Green, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
“As you become more successful, the gender barrier disappears. The credibility challenges you have during your growing up years start disappearing when you start demonstrating success.”
…says, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, a businesswoman in the corporate world. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon Limited based in Bangalore, India. Her efforts in biotechnology have drawn global recognition for the industry as well as Biocon. It does seem impossible and unbelievable but that’s the beauty of a woman; to be able to reach new horizons without giving up! Our generation is becoming so busy trying to prove that women can do what men can do that women are losing their uniqueness. Women are extraordinary in their efforts and their uniqueness is unmatchable!
Day 3: Grey, Working Woman
An organization, management, risk-taking are all part of a woman’s household. But the women of today have managed to enable this even in the business world. The real competition starts the moment a woman walks in with her crisp attire, her briefcase and pinned up hairstyle- you know you’re in for something serious!
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand.
Woman entrepreneurs of today are passionate, hardworking, and really good at their work. They no more need recognition or recommendations from any source. They just need to believe in their passion and their will to grow as a person and not get discouraged by any drawbacks. That in itself is the power to engage with success and cover any field be it politics, media or business.
Indian Women Entrepreneurs have proudly set their web of ventures. Is it really a man’s world now?
Day 4: Orange, Kalpana Chawla
“If you have a dream, follow it. It doesn’t really matter whether you are a woman or from India or from wherever.”
Indo-American astronaut, Kalpana Chawla has always been a symbol of courage, ambition and strength. Being an Indian woman did not deter her dreams from looking at her small nation from across miles, amidst the stars. Kalpana was admired for her kindness and her constant striving for perfection. She had a terrific sense of humour and considered flying as her passion!
Due to the unfortunate incident that occurred, Kalpana Chawla died a hero. Her purpose on earth continued to inspire young women to achieve their dreams by simply enjoying their journey as much as their goals. She is someone who broke the glass ceiling and paved the way for so many others to follow; a pioneer in every sense of the word.
Day 5: White, Mother Teresa
“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.”
…rightly quoted by Agnes GonxhaBojazhiu was popularly known as Mother Teresa She was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, A Roman Catholic Congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. “Known as the saint of gutters”, Mother Teresa offered her life to charity for the poor and good deeds. Divine mercy was her key, love and compassion, her gift that she offered along her journey. She wanted to make the world realize their guilt for the crime of poverty that they created.
Her works cannot be matched and her will to do so is extravagantly shocking! She will always be remembered as the greatest humanitarian of the 20th Century for her unwavering commitment to aiding those most in need!
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
Day 6: Red, Bride
The Indian Bride is often portrayed as the one who mimics shyness, grace, poise and utmost respect towards her in-laws and as the one who has to sacrifice her goals only to adjust to her man and fulfil his desire to have a family of his own. But we usually forget that women are not machines or robots to just be a system of creating a family. The most important thing we should keep in mind is that if a woman is capable of creating a whole new generation, she should be nurtured, loved and taken good care of!
“I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been.”- Sir William Golding.
The Indian Bride of today has her goals and dreams that she wishes to fulfil regardless of other responsibilities. She’s out there, wanting to restructure and recreate herself in every step of her life and this shouldn’t be any reason to think of her otherwise. Marriage is no more her duty; it’s a part of her life that she builds along the way. Let her restructure the masterpiece that she already is!
Day 7: Blue, Indian Women’s Cricket Team
The Women’s Indian cricket team has made us proud. They secured the Runners-Up position in the 2017 World Cup and the T20 International Champions title in 2012 and 2016.
There are a lot of stigmas associated with letting the girl child pursue her sports-oriented dreams or even her hobby of playing any sport. Their potential gets bargained and their creativity gets smothered. Women of today are fortunate enough to realize their potential and excel in every field. Being a woman comes with great responsibilities and being able to handle them with their family and personal lives is something that sportswomen do not run away from; be it SaniaMirza, Saniya Nehwal or even Mary Kom, GeetaPhogat, P.V. Sindhu or even the Indian Women’s Cricket team. Tough decisions are not only made on the field, they’re made in every step of their lives; right from their will to play as a child to their decision to continue playing when they become mothers.
The will to do something and pursue it regardless of any trouble is something that sportswomen have mastered over the course of time. It all takes much effort and persistence to be where there are today. Women have always been an inspiration and will continue to be. This is just the beginning!
Day 8: Pink, Gulaab Gang
A leader of an extraordinary movement for women, Sampat Pal Devi heads the Gulabi Gang, a movement that was formed in 2002 in the Banda District of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India, a region that faced many atrocities against women; be it child labour, child marriage, dowry, illiteracy or domestic violence. This region not only limits the girl child but labels her as something one should get rid of. Women in this movement would wear pink saris as part of their attire in support to their gang name. These women would approach male offenders and would give them a chance to see the wrong and find a reason.
When a woman realizes her true capabilities, and worth, there is no turning back! She not only pushes herself in the right direction but also takes other women with her who cannot see the light! We all have a rebel inside of us, only time will accept its existence.
“A woman with a vision is an assailable shield of wisdom, growth and empowerment!”
Day 9: Purple, Priyanka Chopra
Daddy’s little girl, Priyanka Chopra is considered a role model and a symbol of immense talent. An actress, singer, film producer, philanthropist, this international celebrity started her journey at the age of 18.
“Any transition is easier if you believe in yourself and your talent.”
She promotes education, health, women’s rights gender equality and feminism as part of her work with UNICEF. She has recently shared a lot of her interactions with the refugee kids in Jordon that are desperately seeking normalcy in their lives. She has described their grave conditions and has deeply expressed herself through repeated posts on social media of how she was so terrified but at the same time felt an immense sense of giving back to society for those beautiful kids that she was engaging with, that is actually the future of tomorrow.
Along with one’s own problems, to be able to see the pain others have gone through is something that most of us need to imbibe for a more secure and understanding life ahead! Metaphorically comparing woman’s potential, she has rightly stated,
“Don’t try to squeeze into a glass slipper. Instead, shatter the glass ceiling.”
However demeaning and discouraging the world may be, it is always up to us to make a mark as something that continues the legacy of empowerment and robustness!