Women that are enough!

Anna Quindlen once said, “After all those years as a woman hearing ‘not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this enough, not that enough,’ almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought, ‘I’m enough.’

Yes, coming International Women’s Day, we are celebrating women who has proved that they are enough, in every way of being a human over being a woman, overcoming the societal stereotyping of women and proving that when it comes to attributes, these women are definitely Enough!

They have made it, they have fought the odds and are victorious already, so we ask them what the Women’s Day mean to them, and here is what they have to say-

 Nidhi Dutt, Key Anchor, Al Jazeera English

She has coNidhi Dutt, Key Anchor, Al Jazeera Englishvered the trials and tribulations of some of Asia’s fastest growing economies and the rapidly changing fortunes of billions of people. In recent years she has reported some of the biggest stories in India including women’s rights, nationwide corruption protests, the 2G-phone license scandal, nuclear power development, the Mumbai terror attacks trial and the 2011 Mumbai bombings.

  1. What does it take to be an inspiring woman leader?

An inspiring woman leader is graceful and intelligent in her approach to her work and the world around her. To inspire you have know your purpose and be committed to innovating and doing what it takes to make a difference.

2. Why are so many women mired in the middle and what must be done to take them to the top?

Mindsets across the board need to change and that includes the mindsets of women too. For the barriers to come down and for more women to rise to the top of their chosen fields there needs to be a brand new approach to the way we as a society view a whole host of things: From gender equality to maternity leave.

3. What make you illuminate and inspire?

I’m very lucky to have a job that takes me to interesting places, allows me to get to know strangers, and explore cultures other than my own. There’s no better inspiration than that, it’s a huge privilege.

4. Madeleine K. Albright once said, “There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.” Your take on it.

No truer words have been said. Sadly, there are too many women out there that don’t or won’t help other women find their true path and succeed. It’s an extremely unfortunate reality.

5. Message for men out there. 

Women contribute unique and invaluable perspective to society, culture, politics and business. Leverage our point of difference to encourage change for the better.

Shipra Jain is the Vice-President, Design of BlueStone.comShipra Jain, Vice-President, Design, BlueStone.com

Shipra Jain is the Vice-President, Design of BlueStone.com, a leading online jewellery retail brand that houses high quality Jewellery and accessories with strikingly exquisite designs. Her last assignment was a ‘design-it yourself’ jewellery site ‘Sheyna’, based out of the USA, that allows users create their own piece of jewellery. The website received accolades from key media segments such as Oprah’s blog, NBC’s Today Show and PeopleStyleWatch.

1. What does it take to be an inspiring woman leader?

 An inspiring woman leader is hardworking, perseverant, and opinionated. Above all, she knows her subject well.

2. Why are so many women mired in the middle and what must be done to take them to the top?

 They must know what they want in their work, along with that learn to balance their personal and professional life well. For it is very important to know what you want and then work towards that direction.

 3. What make you illuminate and inspire?

 I believe in constant learning and exploring new areas both in work and life. I strongly believe that one’s learning curve should never stop.

4. Madeleine K. Albright once said, “There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.” Your take on it.

 It is not gender biased. Every individual, irrespective of being a man or woman must be helpful and giving.

 5. Message for men out there.

 Respect woman, don’t judge her and most importantly give her space to spread her wings and soar high!

 Celebrated chef, Shipra Khanna, winner of Masterchef India season 2Chef Shipra Khanna

Her love affair with cooking began at the age of nine. In 2012, she won the title of MasterChef India in the season 2. Since then, Shipra’s romance with everything culinary has only grown: from travelling the world propagating Indian food, receiving privileged tutelage from Michelin star chefs like Atul Kochar and Alain Passard to writing her own cook book ‘Spice Route’ and hosting her own TV show – Pure Sin and K for kids. Shipra is also restaurateur with her debut restaurant- House of Taste in Ahmedabad.

1. What does it take to be an inspiring woman leader?

One has to be focused, hard working, responsible and humble.

2. Why are so many women mired in the middle and what must be done to take them to the top?

Women are mired as they are ignorant about their strength. They need to stand up on their own and take charge of their own life, grow stronger each day and empower themselves.

3. What make you illuminate and inspire?

I get my inspiration from nature and whatever it has to offer, any and everything it’s just the way you perceive it !

4. Madeleine K. Albright once said, “There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.” Your take on it.

I can’t verify that though but what I can say Is that a woman is a very strong source of energy that is why it has been referred to as “Aadi Shakti” in our Vedas and Puranas .As a woman it is very natural to relate and empathise with other women and natural instinct is to help, uplift and empower other women.

5. Message for men out there.

 My message to all the men out there is that they should know and respect the power of a woman whether it is ur mother sister wife or girlfriend and try to compliment it rather than ignoring or suppressing it ,only then this world will be a better place for all to live in.

Mrs. Kavita Mathur, co-founder of Tea Trails, IndiaKavita Mathur, co-founder of Tea Trails

A foodie and a health freak herself, Tea Trails venture is a dream come true for Kavita.

A trained Educationist, Kavita headed the academic function of the largest Pre-school chain in her earlier professional avatar. Last couple of years she has devoted to the study of tea and what it takes to brew a perfect cup. Her search for knowledge and the quest for sourcing the best leaves has taken her to the tea gardens of Darjeeling, Sikkim, Sri Lanka and China.

  1. What does it take to be an inspiring woman leader?

You need to be goal driven as an individual and work towards it without any compromises. You should stop at nothing but the best when it comes to creating a niche for yourself in the common person’s mind.

2. Why are so many women mired in the middle and what must be done to take them to the top?

Most of them succumb to familial pressure or the traditional corporate set-up has not been encouraging enough for women to soar new heights. A change in attitude and the willingness to make a difference will hopefully ring in brighter prospects for women.

3. What makes you illuminate and inspire?

Very often people work hard at the wrong things. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard. I perceive myself lucky to identify the right thing I want to work on and give my best to it. When I spend my time in exploring various ways of serving my audience better and receive few words of appreciation, it just illuminates me. Spreading happiness through the teas we serve is something that contents me.

4. Madeleine K. Albright once said, “There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.” Your take on it.

 I second that thought. It is very important for women to help each other progress together. Respecting each other will automatically help men and the society treat you better at large.

5. Message for men out there.

Sip some Tea and keep a clear perspective.

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