The one quality that is most essential for success is ‘courage’. As Winston Churchill once said, “Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities… because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” On the 8th of every March, we celebrate the ‘International Women’s Day’ and the one thought that comes to my mind about women leaders is – would we as women have achieved more if we were more courageous? The answer is a resounding ‘YES’! My favorite leader Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook since 2008, while speaking at the graduation ceremony of an all-girls college, asked the young girls to answer one question, “What would I do if I were not afraid?” If they answered this question honestly and did all the things they wanted to without being scared of consequences, scared of what others would think, scared to tread the untrodden path; the results would be dramatic, for they could do much more, take more responsibilities and in the process, be better leaders. The reason a lot of women aren’t seen in top leadership positions is because they are afraid… afraid of making their own rules in a “man’s world”. It is not that they are less talented, or that they have less experience and less opportunities; it’s mostly because they are not bold enough to take that extra step. If you want to change the world, if you want to stand out and make a place for yourself, then you must also have the courage to make your own rules and live by them. Women who did that not only achieved personal success but also made the world a better place.


“Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world always yields; or if it beats you sometimes, dare again , and it will succumb.” --William Thackeray

Do not be afraid to do different things; things, which had never been done before by any woman; for if a whole lot of women had not dared, the world would not have been the way we see it today.

If she had not dared to enter a “man’s profession”, we would not have discovered radium. Marie Curie went on to become the first woman to win the Nobel Prize; and she said, “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” If it hadn’t been for these daring women who took enormous chances and made great discoveries in spite of or rather because of the resistance they faced in the male-dominated field, a lot of mysteries would not have been solved. If research is to be believed, then according to the book The Madame Curie Complex, women scientists have often asked different questions, used different methods, come up with different explanations for phenomena in the natural world, and in doing so, have transformed forever a scientist’s role. They have also proved that the concept of ‘male professions’ is a myth. If decades ago, Madame Curie had to fight hard against the general perception of people that science was not for women, then today a whole lot of women are fighting the perception that ‘technology’ is not a field for women. Those are daring women like Sheryl Sandberg and many more who have worked hard to change this mindset and pave the way for future female leaders. It’s not surprising that this time, IBM decided to appoint Virginia Rometty as its first ever female CEO, something unheard of in technology companies. However, women like Meg Whitman (e-Bay) and Carly Fiorina (HP) have already shown that women are as capable of handling technology as men!

The world may not always have been fair to the fairer sex, but it has not deterred many from daring to live their dreams. According to an old Chinese proverb, women hold up half the sky. Do they get their ‘half’ of the pie on earth too? We still live in a world that does not do justice to women, and this fact has been highlighted in the numerous true stories compiled in a book aptly named Half the sky. The best part is that these are stories of courage, of hope. These are stories of how women across Asia and Africa turned oppression into opportunity. One story is of a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery who had the courage to run away and start afresh. Today, she runs a thriving retail business. Another heart breaking story is of a woman from Ethiopia who suffered devastating injuries during child birth. Not only did she fight for survival but in time, became a surgeon. Ordinary women, but with extraordinary stories. They may not have changed the world. No, not yet. But they dared to change their world; that’s what courage is all about.

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23/4/2012 07:49:17 pm

An awesome blog indeed .... women in some parts of the world do need to exhibit a bit more courage to get ahead in life.

23/4/2012 07:50:26 pm

Its not always true that women do not make a good leader neither they are afraid... Its just that people's mentality needs to be changed around the world when it comes to women.

23/4/2012 07:53:12 pm

You are absolutely right Rajita Chaudhuri, courage indeed is one of the major ingredient for success ... we need to have courage at many stages of our life.

23/4/2012 07:58:04 pm

Courage is the only way to surge ahead.... if you want to change the world, be the change that you want to see.

23/4/2012 08:03:29 pm

Women power can't be underestimated.............

23/4/2012 08:04:27 pm

Women have proved themselves again and again... nothing is impossible for them... the list for women achievers is never ending and can only go on and on.

23/4/2012 08:12:17 pm

There are numerous women in India who have made an amazing contribution to the society but no one is ready to appreciate their effort in this male dominated world!!!!!!

23/4/2012 08:17:19 pm

Its is very nice and interesting article to read..... thanks for the great works.

23/4/2012 08:18:46 pm

Women are as capable of handling technology the same way as men and men all around must appreciate this fact !!!!!!

23/4/2012 08:19:49 pm

People for ages have underestimated women a lot,overlooking the many women achievers in different fields.

23/4/2012 08:34:27 pm

women are great leaders and can't be understimated, Not only around the world, India too have a great bunch of women leader.

23/4/2012 08:38:31 pm

Yes, It is high time that women dared and change the rules so that she too can live her dreams.

23/4/2012 08:46:51 pm

Women have contributed immensly in all fields; be it science,technology,research,art,literature....don't know why people fail to ackowlegede women's contribution again and again.

23/4/2012 08:54:57 pm

What an amazing article for all on the eve of women's day.....nice blog.


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