5 women who successfully conquered male-dominated fields

5 women who successfully conquered male-dominated fields

These women have been working shoulder-to-shoulder with their counterparts and have shown the world that women can conquer male dominated fields

While it's laudable that women all over the world are conquering fields that were earlier dominated by men, but it is only a natural progression. Because women have been successfully working, shoulder-to-shoulder with their competitors and counterparts in every possible field.

Whether it be politics, sports, entertainment, finances, academics or the corporate sector, women are finally coming into their own and inspiring others to also pave a path of progress. Although it is difficult to list hundreds of women who are inspiring the world with their dedication and hard work, here is a list of our top five who we think can rule this world one day!

#1 Chanda Kochar (Banking and Finance)

Chanda Kochhar, 54, has made it possible for women in the banking and financial sector to think beyond 'checks and balances.' She has shaped the Indian retail banking sector and has consistently figured in Fortune's list of Most Powerful Women in Business since 2005.     

Kochhar effortlessly juggles her role as mum to two kids and the CEO of ICIC Bank, one of India's largest private sector financial entity. In fact, last year Forbes noted that Kochhar oversees nearly $125 billion in assets and in 2014 announced a 14 percent increase in profits. This, coming from a company that had declared losses only on 2008.

#2 Mandira Bedi (Entertainment)

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Mandira Bedi, dons many hats at once. She is a mum, actor, anchor, entertainer and now a designer. Starting her career as an actor, she gained celebrity status playing the titular role in the first ever daily soap on Indian television, the 1994 television series Shanti.

She followed it up with many roles in popular serials on television, but it was her stint at the Indian Premier League that made her a star and the only woman to have ventured into mainstream cricket commentary. With her impeccable style and noodle straps, she made cricket a fashionable game!

No wonder then that she soon ventured into designing her own line of sarees and now a super cool resortwear called 'Salt' by Mandira.

Continue reading to know which other superwomen are conquering the world!

#3 Indra Nooyi (Food & Beverage)

 Indra K. Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi Co, is no newcomer to fame. She has been ranked amongst the World's 100 Most Powerful Women and has often set the example of equal work, equal respect for all, irrespective of gender. In fact, Nooyi was recently invited to speak at the Women of the World Summit and she used the platform to send out a very important message to working women across the globe.

She said that women have to change the whole approach to supporting each other, taking advice from each other, and seeking it out. She is also known to attribute her success to the support of her her family which includes her mother, husband and her two children.  

#4 Mary Kom (Sports)

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A pioneer of sorts in the field of women boxing, Padma Bhushan Mary Kom is also an Arjuna Awardee and has the distinction of being the only woman to be a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion. Nicknamed "Magnificent Mary," Kom is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for 2012 Summer Olympics and won a bronze.

Incidentally, she is also a proud mum of three adorable young boys who she raises with husband, K (Karung) Onkholer Kom. She is so well respected in her field that Indian actor Priyanka Chopra played this sports woman in Mary Kom, a movie based on her life. On April 26, 2016, she was nominated by the President of India as a member of the Rajya Sabha.

#5 Smriti Z Irani (Politics)

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Smriti Z Irani is probably the only woman from the television industry to enter politics and quickly rise to level of a union minister. She started her career as one of the finalists in the 1988 Miss India pageant and after a series of serials, she shot to fame as the lead in Ekta Kapoor's soap Kyuki Saa Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. She then followed this stint as an actor with that of a producer and in 2003 joined the Bhartiya Janata Party.

Today, Irani is the current Minister of Human Resource Development in the Government of India and represents Gujarat as a Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha.

More power to them!

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Deepshikha Punj

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