Do you know that there are 4 Indian women in Forbes list of 100 most powerful women in World? They are Indira Nooyi (3), Congress President Sonia Gandhi (21), BSP chief and chief minister of UP, Mayawati (59) and Biocon MD Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (99). This proves the power and importance of modern Indian women. Women in India now participate in all activities such as education, politics, media, art and culture, service sectors, science and technology, etc. Let me share some information about these 4 most powerful Indian women.
Indra Nooyi is currently the chairperson and chief executive officer(CEO) of PepsiCo, the world’s fourth-largest food and beverage company. On August 14, 2006, Nooyi was named the successor to Steven Reinemund as chief executive officer of the company. She was effectively appointed as CEO by PepsiCo’s board of directors on October 1, 2006. Nooyi has been named the #1 Most Powerful Business Woman in the world in 2006 and 2007 by Fortune magazine. In 2008, Nooyi was named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report.
Sonia Gandhi is the Italian-born President of the Indian National Congress and the widow of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. She also serves as the Chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance in the Lok Sabha and the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party. Following the office of profit controversy, she had to surrender her membership to the Indian parliament but in 2007, she returned to the Lok Sabha after winning the by-election for Rae Bareilly by a margin of over 400,000 votes.
Mayawati is an Indian politician and the current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. She has been the Chief Minister on three other short tenures but her party holds the absolute majority in the state as of date. She is the highest income tax payer among all politicians in India paying Rs. 26 crore for year 2007-08.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the Chairman & Managing Director of Biocon Ltd. From 2004, she is the richest Indian woman.