4 Business Women Of Indian Heritage Breaking The Glass Ceiling

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Women all around the world start businesses and grow from the ground up…

In America, the dream of starting your own business and letting it grow flourishes.  Women, no matter who they are or where they come from, often have opportunities to follow their dreams.  In India, too, there has been room for improvement and businesses created, worked for, or owned by women.  They are breaking the glass ceiling and becoming bosses of their own businesses.  Here is a list of four business women of Indian Heritage.


Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw: Self-Made Billionaire/Entrepreneur

Four women made the Forbes “India’s 100 Richest People” list in 2016.  Of those was self-made billionaire, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.  Shaw is the only female self-made billionaire in India right now.  (Source)

Shaw is the chairman and managing director of a biotechnology company (called Biocon), based in Bangalore, India.  She also established the Mazumdar-Shaw Medical Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on cancer.  (Source)


Dr. Shini Somara: Mechanical Engineer/Educator/TV Producer

Dr. Shini Somara has done many things throughout her career.  She has worked for several news channels, and various TV stations.  These include, but are not limited to, BBC, Al Jazeera America, and PBS Digital.

At the moment, she runs and teaches Crash Course Physics on YouTube (link), and has filmed Engineering Challenge Videos for her James Dyson Foundation.


Lilly Singh: YouTube Star/Actress/Social Worker

Lilly Singh, host of comedy channel iiSuperwomanii, has done much more since her start in her bedroom with an average camera.  Since then, she has started a YouTube show called “Girl Love”, promoting healthy relationships between women.  She has also helped girls in Africa gain an education through partnering with MetoWe.


Prachi S Vaish: Entrepreneur/Clinical Psychologist

Prachi S Vanish founded HopeNetwork.in, a psychological online service, in 2009.  This was somewhat of a new concept in India.  Vanish did this because, after she married a helicopter pilot, she was always in remote areas with him.  Unable to settle down to create a counseling clinic building, she moved to the internet to provide her services.  (Source)

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