Though we don’t need a particular day to celebrate the power of women, but today, the world celebrates the spirit of womanhood. And when we talk about women, then there’s this one woman who have broken the glass ceiling, Nirmala Sitharaman. On the occasion of International Women’s day how can we not talk about Nirmala Sitharaman’s inspiring story.

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The story of Nirmala Sitharaman from being a former employee of PriceWaterhouseCooper to being the first woman of India after Indira Gandhi to independently run the Defence Ministry, her journey is inspiring in every way.

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Born on 18 August 1959 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, has taken on several roles in her life and have nailed them all. She completed her graduation from Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College, Tiruchirapalli, and went on to pursue a Masters degree in Economics from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi.

When she was pursuing her Masters in JNU, she fell in love with Parakala Prabhakar, the son of an Andhra Pradesh minister Parakala Seshavataram of the 1970s. She then went to London where Parakala Nirmala went on to do her PhD from the London School Of Economics.

While she was pursuing her PhD she worked as a salesgirl at a home decor store on Regent Street. She then took on the task of a translator in BBC Radio’s Tamil Division and then employed as an analyst at the research division of the consulting firm Price Waterhouse.

Nirmala Ji then moved back to India with her husband to raise their child in 1991. Her husband set up a marketing research agency in Hyderabad along with Nirmala, started a school.

She was nominated to the National Commission for Women joined BJP in the year 2005 after completing her three-year tenure in the NWC (2003-2005). Well, if you aren’t aware then we should tell you that Nirmala’s family and her husband have been a Congress supporter for decades, but she stood by her choice and decided to join BJP.

Nirmala Ji was made the spokesperson of the BJP in the year 2010, when Nitin Gadkari was the party president. After the remarkable victory of the BJP in 2014 elections, Nirmala Ji was inducted in the Narendra Modi cabinet as the MoS Commerce Ministry.

In an interview, she was once quoted saying :

I envy the girl I once was. The best advice I ever received? Always choose the middle path and try to maintain equanimity.

She added :

In other words, never go to any extreme – don’t be too suppliant because you will lose your dignity nor be too overconfident and aggressive or you will eventually lose your ground. Remain balanced. That way you can never fall too far, “

Nirmala Ji sleeps for six hours and starts her day at 7am by reading nine newspapers! Her journey from a salesgirl to now being the lady who runs the Defence Ministry, Nirmala Sitharaman has surely come a long, long way! She is an inspiration for millions of girls out there and stands as a towering example of what feminism and womanhood is all about.

We salute the spirit of Nirmala Sitharaman.

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