12. Durga Shakti Nagpal

An IAS officer in the UP cadre, Nagpal is posted as the joint magistrate of Kanpur. She came into public view when she launched an aggressive anti-corruption campaign in Gautam Budh Nagar. She was soon suspended by the UP government for allegedly demolishing an illegal mosque's wall in Greater Noida which drew large opposition from public as it was perceived to be based on insubstantial grounds. The public and media came together and protested against her suspension, after which it was revoked.

13. Kunjarani Devi

The bespectacled 46-year-old is perhaps the most celebrated Indian woman in weightlifting. She was also the first woman to win the Arjuna award in 1990. She also shared the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award with Leander Paes in 1996-1997. Even though she faced difficulties when she decided to pursue the profession, she stood strong and worked tirelessly to achieve success.

14. Indra Nooyi

Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi is the chairperson and CEO of the second largest food and beverage business in the world, Pepsi Co. Nooyi has been a regular in the world's most powerful women's lists. She was also named as the third most powerful women in business by Fortune in 2014.


15. Every Indian mother

While there are several women who go on to perform well in their chosen fields outside their homes, there are many who sit at home and still own the world. The last, but definitely not the least, every Indian mother is an achiever we just cannot leave out.