No, it was difficult for them and it won’t be simple for you either. These incredible and ambitious Women from Odisha in the British era and after that in the 70’s,80’s and 90’s who helped draft the success story for the young girls of the upcoming generation and left a legacy of Odisha women to carry forward.
In a male-dominated and gender bias society, they gathered the courage to confront their fear to win it big and made their success story such bigger that even after 100 years, we’re taking inspiration from them.
So if you’re a girl and in case you’re thinking whether you shall take consent from your husband to pursue your dream career after marriage which you want to do eagerly or if you’re unsure about if you can do it because you don’t have a degree, then hold my beer and check out below.
Let’s have a look at some of the big time inspirational ladies who dared to break the mould and think outside the box.
In all these years after independence, with the political ups & downs, Odisha just had a single female politician who later became the Chief Minister of the state.
Yes! The only female who made it to the CM’s seat.
Nandini Satpathy was aggressive and thoughtful at the same time and she managed the state in a timeframe when the whole nation was going through the emergency declared by Smt. Indira Gandhi. She even detained another female political heavyweight who’s name is listed below!
Now you understand why she’s called the iron lady of Odisha.
“I aim to make a difference. It is not whether you are a man or a woman, but the kind of person you are what’s important.” That’s Rupa Mishra for you!
Odisha’s first ever female IAS topper in early 2003-2004. She’s the perfect ideal for those who are thinking switching your career options will bring you no success or it does have a high-risk factor.
If you don’t take any big risks in your paths, you’re never going to get it!
Rupa Mishra studied science at the plus-two level and then switched to
commerce, completing her post-graduation in management from Utkal
If you ever want to know what feminism and women empowerment looks like, then do have a look at the lady who’s the first-ever female filmmaker of Odisha.
And what will make you surprise that 3 of her produced movie won National Awards for her work as a producer.
A few years later, she produced and directed the iconic Odia movie ‘Chha Mana Atha Guntha’ in 1986.
Would you be able to name any female movie producers name in the business now? Well, keep searching!
Breaking the stereotypes, she became Odisha’s first female engineer.
A student of iconic Ravenshaw University who later did her post graduation in a very interesting subject of Radio Physics and Electronics. She’s also the founder of Women’s Polytechnic college in Bhubaneswar & former principal of Women’s Polytechnic in Rourkela.
Well! Just imagine, in the current generation, some of the girls are getting into engineering to have a certificate so that they can get married. And there she was, the only engineering student who established another engineering college only for girls. Such progressive thought she had.
Rama Devi Choudhury
She’s very well known as the first female politician of Odisha.
Who re-imagined the male-dominated career options of entering into politics and even imprisoned multiple times and once by Nandini Satpathy during an emergency.
From Salt Satyagraha to Non-Cooperation Movement, travelled on foot about 4000 kilometres across the state to propagate the message of giving land and wealth to the landless and poor.
Eastern India’s first women’s university is named after her and known as Ramadevi Women’s University at Bhubaneswar.
The undisputed national champion in cycling from 1972 to 1979.
So, a big yes to those who still believe that career in sports is still alive in Odisha. It actually never died.
She always wanted to become an IPS officer to fight against crime and her friends and relatives constantly discouraged her from joining since it was considered too dangerous and risky.
But yet she believed in herself and became the first ever female IPS officer of Odisha.
She had cleared the IPS examination without any coaching and not only Soumya, but her younger sister Tadasha Mishra is also an IPS officer, who is the DIG of administration in Ranchi. Both are serving the nation now!
Kuntala Kumari Sabat
The first female doctor & the voice of modern Odisha. In a real sense, she was a visionary and a rebel.
Surprisingly, opposite to her pure Odia name, her parent names were Daniel and Monica. After her parents separated, she moved to Odisha from Burma and started studying here and completed medical.
Though she was a doctor in the profession, her passion for justice, equality, liberty and fraternity was astounding.
Amiya Kumari Padhi
They say women can’t take the right decision! We agree because they take the bold decision which is in every case right.
Amiya Kumari Padhi is the first-ever woman to serve as a judge of the Odisha High Court. Not only that! She was also the Odisha High Court representative under the Indian National Security Act.
She was so much respected and influential, in honour of Padhi’s career and service to the judiciary of the state, all legal proceedings and office work in the Odisha high court was suspended after the news of her death was made public.
Their history has been eventful and full of struggle, they took their decisions and made it correct.