Women of Worth
In Association with NDTV
Meet the Awardees

___ Daughters of the Soil (Social) ___

  • Suparna Gupta

    Founder, Aangan

    Suparna began her career in media, but her volunteering experience at various shelters and homes in childhood made her realise the strong need for rehabilitation of children.READ MORE

  • Jyoti Mhapsekar

    President, Stree Mukti Sangathana

    Jyoti helps women waste-pickers fight the vicious cycle of poverty. She gives voice to these women and works towards empowering them through education, healthcare and environmental programmes. READ MORE

  • Jagmati Sangwan

    General Secretary, All India Democratic Women’s Association

    Jagmati Sangwan is known for her battles against Haryana’s Khap Panchayats. Sangwan joined the Haryana Janwadi Mahila Samiti for taking up the cause of women. READ MORE

  • Amla Ruia

    Founder, Aakar Charitable Trust

    Amla is the woman who brought water to hundred villages in Rajasthan and is founder of Aakar Charitable Trust. READ MORE

___ In a Class of Their Own (Education) ___

  • Shaheen is the founder and CEO of Teach For India, and the organisation has recruited almost 1700 teaching Fellows for its two-year teaching Fellowship till date. READ MORE

  • Pranshu is changing the way India learns and speaks the English language. Pranshu is a Co-Founder of CultureAlley, which has become the No. 1 English learning and speaking app. READ MORE

  • Founder and CEO of Educate Girls, Safeena has brought 100,000 girls from India’s under-privileged communities back to school. READ MORE

  • Farida Lambay


    Founder and Trustee of Pratham, an NGO established in 1994 in the slums of Mumbai, Farida is a crusader for education. READ MORE

___ The Originals (Science and Innovation) ___

  • Dr Tessy Thomas

    Missile Scientist

    Meet India’s Missile Woman, Tessy. She is the first woman scientist to lead a missile project in the country. READ MORE

  • Lalita, a Class IX student from Damanjodi in Koraput district, Odisha, has developed a cheap method of cleaning waste water… READ MORE

  • Nina Tandon


    Nina, CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, is the world’s first company working on growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction. READ MORE

  • Hemani won the Technical Excellence Award at the Sixth World Robot Olympiad, held in Malaysia. READ MORE

___ Game Changers (Business and Entrepreneurs) ___

  • Patricia Narayan


    Starting from 50 paisa to earning Rs. 2 lakh per day, from travelling in cycle rickshaw to owning a car, from just 2 people to employing 200 people, Patricia’s story is one of fighting against all the odds… READ MORE

  • Vani Kola

    Venture Capital Investor

    Vani is the Managing Director at Kalaari Capital, an early stage venture capital firm based in Bangalore. She is a renowned investor and a visionary known for identifying emerging markets. .. READ MORE

  • Richa Singh


    An IIT Guwahati graduate in user experience design, Richa is a co-founder of YourDOST. This platform allows immediate access to users and enables them to share their problems through an online interface. READ MORE

  • Pabi Rabari


    Undeterred by lack of education or entrepreneurial skills, artisan Pabi used her embroidery skills to start her own enterprise – Pabi Bag. READ MORE

___ Eco-Revolutionists (Environment) ___

  • Anna Kujur

    President, Athkosis Adivasi Sangathan

    Anna fights for the adivasis, their right to the forests. She fights to uphold the 2012 amendment to the Forest Rights Act that restores the rights of the forest-dwelling communities… READ MORE

  • Ajaita Shah

    Founder and CEO, Frontier Markets

    Ajaita is the Founder of Frontier Markets and has been working in India for 8 years in the field of micro-finance and clean energy distribution. READ MORE

  • Harshwanti Bisht

    Founder, Save Gangotri Project

    Meet the recipient of the Hillary Medal and founder of Save Gangotri Project – Harshwanti. She was awarded the medal for her philanthropic achievements and work to improve conditions in the Gangotri area…READ MORE

  • Sheelu Francis

    Head, Tamil Nadu Women’s Collective

    Sheelu holds a diploma in Gender Planning for Development from the University of London and is a head of Tamil Nadu Women’s Collective. READ MORE

___ I Write, Therefore I Am (Literature) ___

  • Jaya Jha

    Activist Writer

    Jaya is an author and speaker and has three poetry collections and one novel to her credit and is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow. READ MORE

  • Sreemoyee a postgraduate in History from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Her bestseller Sita’s Curse became India’s first feminist erotica novel.READ MORE

  • Anuradha Roy

    Co-Founder, Permanent Black Publishing House

    Anuradha started writing when she was just 14 years and got her work published in few newspapers at that time. Besides writing, Anuradha co-founded Permanent Black, a publishing house. READ MORE

  • Ruby Hembrom

    Founder & Director, Adivaani

    Ruby, Founder and Director of Adivaani (Meaning voice of adivasis). It is an archiving and publishing outfit of adivasis and is working to bring adivasi tales back into public discourse… READ MORE

___ Arts for Life’s Sake (Arts) ___

  • Sreejata Roy

    Project Coordinator, After School Art and Education Programme

    Sreejata is a visual artist and a community art practitioner, who has worked in low-income neighbourhoods in Delhi for many years. READ MORE

  • Neha Kirpal

    Founding Director, India Art Fair

    “India Art Fair” is one of the biggest platforms for the art community in the country, featuring over 1,000 artistes from several countries. READ MORE

  • Kalki Subramaniam

    Actor & Gender Rights Activist

    Kalki, who holds double Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, and International Relations, is the first transgender woman to star in a major film, Narthagi, in 2011… READ MORE

___ The World is My Playground (Sports) ___

  • This cycling master from India has beaten huge odds to reach the top. An Adivasi from the Car Nicobar islands, when she was nine years old, she survived the Tsunami by sitting atop a tree one whole day until help arrived. READ MORE

  • She grew up in a small village in Chirang, Assam, battling hunger and poverty. Today Pwilao is now a leading boxer of the national team. READ MORE

  • A spinal tumour left Deepa paralysed waist-below in 1999. After six years of being in the wheelchair, she turned to para-sports. Deepa received the Arjuna Award in 2012 at the age of 42… READ MORE

  • Oinam has been working with the Manipur Police since 2000 and has represented the Manipur state football team for the last 22 years. READ MORE