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Women, who shattered stereotypes, took on social stigma to make a mark this year

Tanvi Dubey
5th Dec 2016
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In India, social and cultural norms often tend to hold back women from going all out and following their heart. However, there are some women who have not let deep-rooted stereotypes and social norms hold them back. From opting out of an unhappy marriage to fighting for one's happiness to showing that they are no less than the boys in any field, these women and their words of wisdom have inspired us in 2016:

“It is very unfortunate that many women are subjected to cultural pressure and are forced to continue in unhappy marriages. Every woman (or man) on this planet should be strong enough to stand up for themselves. Life’s not an easy journey. We live only once and we are responsible for own happiness. Women especially should break all the stereotypes and fight for their peace and happiness.” –Haritha Khandabattu

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“Being a family with only daughters, we had our share of rejection from society and family members; we were never treated like our male cousins. But sometimes this rejection itself blazes the trails of your passion in life, and drives you to your goals.” –Vaishali Sarwankar

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“It's not true that women did not have capabilities earlier; rather this is just about more acceptances and of a little more boldness.” – Akshali Shah

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“There were always prejudices. Being a girl meant always feeling the pressure of doing well all the time and proving why I was better than the boys. Also, the boys were thought of to be more free-spirited than the girls and were always preferred over us. It was very difficult, the problems just didn’t seem to end. I just kept at it. I’m so glad I got through that phase. I am a free bird now!” –Kajal Singh

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“As a feminist, I am endlessly fascinated by the female form. Conveying the strength and depth of a woman’s persona is challenging and, at the same time, creatively satisfying.” –Bahaar Dhawan

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“In 1967, for every woman MP, there were one crore female citizens, whereas in 2014, that ratio had grown to one woman MP for every 10 crore female citizens. As women’s issues continue to receive tremendous attention, it is important for women parliamentarians to form a united forum and discuss critical issues.” – Rwitwika Bhattacharya

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“Women are not weak; they can do everything.” –Mithila Palkar

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So what’s stopping you from following your heart? If these women could overcome social and cultural barriers so can you. Let 2017 be the year of change. Go ahead and embrace who you are.

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