Women Entrepreneurs Who Are Breaking Gender Stereotypes
From being a good homemaker to the founders to some of the most innovative brands, these entrepreneurs have made a mark almost everywhere.
04 March, 2021: Over the past years, the number of women entrepreneurs in the country has ascended. More and more women are taking on leadership roles and breaking the stereotype of society. Despite significant gender discrimination, it is their fierce passion that has moderated women entrepreneurs to outperform their male counterparts & make a huge impact across sectors. From being a good homemaker to the founders to some of the most innovative brands, these entrepreneurs have made a mark almost everywhere. Fighting the odds & various negative notions they have proved themselves & excelled.
Dr. Vibha Tripathi, CEO, Swajal
Dr Vibha Tripathi is the CEO of Swajal, an IoT enabled water purification provider. She specializes in the R&D of thin-film solar cells and has held a number of workshops and seminars in the field of renewable energy. She has also guided many students in R&D of solar cells. Under her supervision, IIT Kanpur started foray in flexible organic solar cells, a unique idea that has the potential to be a disruptive technology. Dr. Tripathi left her position at IIT Kanpur to be free to solve problems at gross root level using latest technologies and hopes through her social venture. Along with all this, she has won many awards like Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Finalist Millennium Award 2014, Millennium Alliance Award 2016, and many more.
Ms Dolly Kumar, Founder & Director, Cosmic Nutracos
A cosmetic engineer and an entrepreneur, Dolly Kumar is the Founder & Director at Cosmic Nutracos Solutions Pvt. Ltd. With over 25 years of work experience in the industry, she founded Cosmic Nutracos Solutions Pvt. Ltd. in the year 2007, an entrepreneurial venture in the health, wellness and beauty space. Dolly Kumar has launched 2 brands in retail - one is GAIA (a health and wellness brand) while the other is SKINELLA (a skincare brand).
Before her own entrepreneurial career, she worked with renowned corporates where her role inspired in setting up new businesses and taking their growth to newer heights. In the initial days of starting her businesses, obviously, there were many challenges. But one that was very discouraging was the people's mind-set for instance doubting a woman's entrepreneurial skills. But she rose above it and today has created successful brands in the FMCG industry. She has been very passionate about her work. She is a prominent figure in the Cosmetic Industry and has created and helped many brands in their journey.
Sudeshna Datta, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, Absolutdata -
Sudeshna earned her bachelors’ degree in Architecture and Building Construction from the University of Washington. She then completed her Masters’ in Business Administration from Cornell University in the early ’90s. Originally, her plan was to work in general management. In fact, she worked with Pfizer and Kraft in the initial years of her career but changed course when she became interested in technology-led business. Nearly two decades ago, “technology” and “women” were rarely spoken in the same breath. As a matter of fact, very few thought that women, who seemed relegated to doing home chores, would make it to the entrepreneur world, especially in technology. But, Sudeshna took the plunge in 2001, she launched Absolutdata as the Co-founder and Executive Vice President. Since the inception of the company, Sudeshna has been highly involved in establishing Absolutdata as an internationally-recognized analytics leader. She believes that to venture onto a new beginning, what a person needs most is self-confidence. That apart, there have been people who have inspired her to work hard all her life—her family and parents.
Ghazal Alagh, Co-founder and Chief Mama at Mamaearth
Ghazal Alagh, a woman entrepreneur who started her entrepreneur journey for her newly born baby. She didn’t want to use baby products that were loaded with carcinogenic chemicals, and to her surprise, there were hardly any brands in India offering safe products. Eventually, they had to source products from the US. Before Mamaearth, Ghazal had an entrepreneurship experience in 2012, when she started Dietexpert.in, a health and wellness website that provided customised meal plans to consumers. Unfortunately, this was a failure for Ghazal but she learned a lot from this and stood up again strongly with her new idea, Mamaearth.
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