There is no doubt that Northeast India is home to talented and hard-working women. After all, they have been able to make a mark in almost all sectors and fields. In fact, in recent times, we are witnessing more and more women-led business and organizations that showcase that women are more than capable of standing on their own two feet and make a difference. This month, we take a look at some amazing women achievers, from the Northeast, who helped put the region on the map, through their hard work and determination.
Mary Kom Occupation: Boxer, Politian State: Manipur
Mary is the only female to become World Amateur Boxing champion for a record number of six times. Not only that, she is the only female boxer to have won a medal in each one of the first seven World Championships, and the only boxer (male or female) to win eight World Championship medals. Not only is she extremely talented, but she also showcased that it is possible for a sportswoman to successfully run a home and bring home medals. Her story is so inspiring that Bollywood even made a movie about it, starring Priyanka Chopra in the lead role.
She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2006 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2020. In 2016, the President of India nominated her as a member of the Rajya Sabha. Many may not be aware but she is also an animal rights activist, and supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.
Dipannita Sharma Occupation: Actor, Model State: Assam
Dipannita started her career in modelling and was one of the first models from this part of the region to walk the ramp for national designers and international design houses. She appeared in many famous advertisements and hosted television shows, and soon became a household name. She then went on to be cast in many Bollywood movies like Dil Vil Pyar Vyar, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, Jodi Breakers and more.
More recently, she has ventured into the Assamese film industry. Her first Assamese film, Xhoixobote Dhemalite received positive feedback from the people of Assam. Even the Assamese diaspora living outside the region and the country lauded the film and the cast. Not only that, she has also featured in many quality web series. In fact, Dipannita won IWM Digital Awards ‘Best Supporting Role Female in a Webseries’ for her role in Bewafaa sii Wafaa.
Dipa Karmakar Occupation: Gymnast State: Tripura
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She Can Do It!
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