A Short List Of Inspiring Indian Businesswomen

Here is a short list of inspiring Indian businesswomen who are breaking the glass ceiling and redefining the definition of success.

Here is a short list of inspiring Indian businesswomen who are breaking the glass ceiling and redefining the definition of success.

The 21st century is the ‘Age of Women.’ Corporate ‘queens’ have ascended the throne of the business empire. Corporate emperors have taken a back seat in the industry.

The terminology of Businessman which was once in an era very popular because of only men setting up huge enterprises is now getting eclipsed as Businesswomen are achieving milestones with their sheer brilliance and excellent business acumen in this competitive yet challenging world of business.

In a patriarchal society where women are primarily represented as caregivers, nurturers, sensitive mothers, and wives, considered suitable for motherhood and family, venturing into entrepreneurship is not a walk in the park.

The rise of the inspiring Indian businesswomen

It takes a lot of courage to rebel against the age-old traditions of society which are to be obeyed by women, as becoming a female owner of a firm is considered too ambitious for a woman.
For women, establishing a start-up company or choosing self-employment sounds bizarre. It is a nightmare in a male-dominated society.

Possessing vast amounts of wealth, speculative gains, or becoming a billionaire is considered a male prerogative. When a woman stands on the board of directors in an organization, it challenges the entire patriarchal structure and places a woman in an economically higher and more powerful position equivalent to men in society.

It privileges her as a power-broker who wields a lot of political influence over all government and financial institutions, which are all otherwise androcentric in both structural and functional aspects.

Women are breaking the glass ceiling and redefining the definition of success. According to a report by NASSCOM, the percentage of women-led start-ups has increased from 8% in 2014 to 13% in 2019. Women entrepreneurs have demonstrated that women too can be in leadership roles and lead the trajectory of MNCs and large conglomerates.

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5 inspiring Indian businesswomen

They can perform exceptionally well in managerial roles and run the workforce better than their male counterparts. They are highly successful women entrepreneurs with their path-breaking achievements.

Falguni Nayar

Falguni Nayar Inspiring Indian Businesswomen

Is one of the wealthiest self-made woman entrepreneurs. She is the founder of Nykaa, the most popular beauty and wellness e-commerce Company based in Mumbai. She is a billionaire businesswoman. In 2020, Nykka became the first Unicorn startup headed by a woman. She was strongly determined even at the age of 50 to run her own business.

Read more: Woo Hoo! Falguni Nayar, Founder of Nykaa, Becomes India’s Richest Female Self-Made Billionaire!

Richa Kar

Richa Kar Inspiring Indian Businesswomen

The Co-founder of Zivame has wonders. She has transformed the women’s lingerie market as Zivame is one of the bestselling women’s lingerie brands known for its perfect fit for women of all shapes and sizes.

Vineeta Singh

Vineeta Singh Sugar Cosmetics: Indian Businesswoman

The CEO, and founder of Sugar Cosmetics, a top-tier and fastest-selling cosmetic brand, who turned her dreams into reality, launched her beauty brand leaving no stone unturned. Her success story is a muse for every woman out there, encouraging women to dare to dream big, breaking stereotypical gender roles.

Read more: Entrepreneur Vineeta Singh Shares Her Strategy On Growing A Customer Base With Minimal Investment

Upasana Taku

Upasana Taku, Indian Businesswoman who inspires

The chairperson and co-founder of Mobikwik, an online payment gateway, is the first Indian woman to launch a digital wallet startup, leading the fintech revolution in India. She has become a role model for young women to take up corporate governance. Every woman needs confidence and comfort in the lingerie she wears.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw: Indian Businesswoman

The executive chairperson and founder of Biocon Ltd, an Indian Biopharmaceutical company, is known as India’s ‘Biotech queen’ by The Economist. She was featured in the Forbes list of the world’s 100 most powerful women.

“I believe that entrepreneurship is about being able to face failures, manage failure, and succeed after failing.”– Kiran Mazumdar Shaw.

Read more: “There Is An Absolutely Big Need For Women To Promote Themselves”: Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

India has a long list of businesswomen who inspire

  • Another inspiring women entrepreneur is Malika Sadani, the founder of Moms Co, a freshly launched wellness brand for mothers and babies.
  • Limeroad’s founder Suchi Mukherjee and Indya, Fab Alley’s founder Tanya Malik are trendsetters in the fashion industry reinventing clothing with their expertise in the apparel business.
  • Another successful businesswoman is Shahnaz Hussain, founder of an Ayurvedic herbal beauty brand, pioneering the Indian Ayurveda movement worldwide.
  • Vandana Luthra, the founder of VLCC Healthcare, is another big shot in the beauty industry.
  • Indra Nooyi, former CEO and Chairperson of PepsiCo, a food snack MNC, was ranked amongst the Forbes list of 100 Most potent women.


Indian women entrepreneurs have made path-breaking achievements in their journey of entrepreneurship with their progressive business strategy, generating massive net worth.

The economic ecosystem of our country is now striking with chairpersons and female managing directors, making multi-million dollars.

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