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“Because you are a girl!” – end of talk, end of discussion, end of opportunities and end of dreams. A harsh crude reality for many women in India, who have the wings of dreams but are not able to take flight. But in this flock of feathers, there are some bravehearts who not only pan the skies, but also carve out new paths. And these torchbearers are the hope for our further generations.
These are the newly emerging women entrepreneurs, who are breaking the moulds of the society and setting their own trends. Fighting against all odds, they aspire to bring about a change and are victorious in their effort. Women are slowly gaining a stronghold in the entrepreneurship sector, with increasing participation and worthier positions of responsibility. But all this has not been child’s play. Fight for equal pay, equal rights in workplaces and equal levels of respect still ensues in many sectors of employment.
In a recent talk on entrepreneurship, a women panellist described her ordeals as a married woman, striving to make a mark in the male dominated industry, to bring up her company. One of the major setbacks, she said, was when people chose not to recognize your ability and plainly refused to believe you, simply on the grounds that as a woman, it is highly unlikely that you would be able to sustain and manage yourself. Such rudimentary mindset needs to be revolutionized to bring about that drastic change which we wish to see in the business sector, wherein women will hold key positions and will be respected for their job.
Not everything is dull though. A quantum of change has already been initiated with the government promoting start-ups and business ideas, and preferring women to come forward and take the front seat in planning and decision making. Examples of successful women entrepreneurs and their inspiring success stories are also a huge factor for the motivation of budding entrepreneurs. For the same reason eDC IIT Delhi is offering discounts for women to participate in Startup Weekend, IIT Delhi.
So come out of your cocoons young ladies, and dare to take that first step to success! As Ganon Baker said, “Stars can’t shine without darkness. To be great you will have to work. You don’t always see the results right away but keep fighting. You are shining.”

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Chirag Agarwal