Breaking stereotypes: India's most powerful women in 2020

Many women across the globe have excelled in their respective fields this year breaking stereotypes and age-old patriarchal dogmas. Here's the list of 10 most powerful Indian women of 2020: 

Divya Gokulnath

Divya Gokulnath featured in Forbes Asia’s Powerful Businesswomen list of 2020. She is the co-founder of Byju’s. The ed-tech startup has pushed her and her husband, Byju Raveendran's net worth to over $3 billion.


KK Shailja

Kerala's Health Minister KK Shailja was named as the winner of World's Top 50 Thinkers of COVID-19 Age, by UK-based Prospect Magazine. 


Roshni Nadar Malhotra

Roshni Nadar Malhotra is India's wealthiest woman with a net worth of staggering Rs 36,800 crore. She’s also 54th on the list of most powerful women in the world, according to Forbes.



Isaivani is the only female member of The Casteless Collective. She is the lead singer of the Chennai based musician Castless Art Group, she has received many accolades for her Ghanaian songs, that break the stereotype that only men can sing and retain a place for themselves in the industry. She is among BBC's 100 inspirational and influential women across the globe, 2020.


Ankiti Bose

Ankiti Bose became the first woman co-founder of a $1 billion startup and featured in Forbes India Self Made Women 2020. She is the CEO of Zilingo, a technology and commerce platform for fashion retailers. 


Manasi Joshi

Manasi Joshi caught everyone's attention last year by winning the World Championships in Basel. She was featured in The TIME magazine as the 'Next Generation Leader', a first for a para-athlete. She is also featured in Forbes India Self Made Women 2020 list.


Ritu Karidhal

Ritu Karidhal is also known as 'Rocket Woman of India' because she became the Deputy Operations Director of the Mars Orbiter Mission. Ritu featured on Forbes India Self Made Women 2020 list.


Priyanka Chopra becomes chairperson of MAMI

Priyanka Chopra is now the new chairperson of the Mumbai Film Festival (MAMI), having replaced Deepika Padukone. 

The Mumbai Film Festival is said to take on a new format without a competitive international section this year. Usually slated for the month of October, this year too, MAMI will not go ahead with the month owing to the coronavirus outbreak. The film festival will be spread within a six-month-long series of events.


Lt. General Madhuri Kanitkar

Madhuri Kanitkar became the third woman in the history of the Indian Army to become Lieutenant General. She is also the first woman paediatrician to achieve the second-highest post in the Indian Army.


Bala Devi

Bala Devi became the first Indian woman football player to bag a contract with a foreign club. She joined Scottish giants Rangers F.C. in January. She dons jersey 10 at the club. Bala Devi serves for the Manipur Police Department.


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