India is a country highly overshadowed by gender stereotypes and a parade of male entrepreneurs trying to only compete with the same sex to prove themselves. But in the last few decades, gender stereotypes have unshackled themselves from the victimized boundaries of being the lesser one.

Making a mark in the male-dominated country where the encouragement to the career choices of a girl child is still a fairly fresh concept, but despite these hindrances, the female force has emerged tough and set examples. Women entrepreneurs today are topping the market as much as men and leading by example for the upcoming generations to follow.

Today government of India recognizes a business women-owned by a woman with a financial interest of at least 51% of the total capital and same for the employee ratio in the company. A woman entrepreneur can in easy words by portrayed as someone who cooperates, encourages, empowers, organizes and initiates other women to grow with her in her enterprise. These women make global impacts and influence the market while striking a balance between their personal and professional lives.

Here is a list of 10 women who have purely on their business leadership and organizational skills have set examples for others to follow;

Indu Jain: The women who singlehandedly took care of the most influential media house of the nation, The Times Group. The former chairman is a multitalented woman who is popularly known among the people for her various identities as an influential entrepreneur, individualist, spiritualist, humanist, educationalist but the most popular is her businesswoman's face. She portrays the ideal picture of an entrepreneur we can look up to.

Dr. Kirnan Mazumdar Shaw: The women behind the successful Biocon Ltd, the chairman and the managing director of the company who made her way to be the richest woman in India in 2004 is the product of an all-girls school, surprised at where the power is coming from? Don't be. The story of Biocon started with merely Rs. 10,000 as capital and several denials from banks due to less knowledge of biotechnology. She made her way to the top when women entrepreneurs were still rarer and the company was not strong on assets. But, Biocon today stands at the biggest firm for biopharmaceuticals in India.

Naina Lal Kidwai: The woman who became the first one to enrol and finish her studies from the prestigious Harvard Business School. Kidwai has booked for a long time her place in the world's top 50 corporate women for Fortune Magazine. She also was the first lady, according to economic times, to head foreign banks (HSBC) operations for the India region.

Preetha Reddy: one of the largest healthcare incorporations is being successfully taken care of by this woman who is the managing director of Apollo hospitals in Chennai. In the segment of the healthcare industry, Preetha is one of the pioneer women entrepreneurs.

Simone Tata: after Simone came into the picture for Tata Oil Mills, there were small subsidiary changes that took place while changing it into the biggest cosmetic brand Lakme. She started Lakme in 1961 and was fully responsible for making the brand as we know it today.

Ekta Kapoor: Ekta changed the face of the soap operas in India, this creative head of Balaji Telefilms aired some of the most iconic and popular shows ever known to the television industry of India. Allegedly, she has bagged the maximum number of awards for all her shows put together and also has 'Hall of Fame' to her bag for her contributions to the industry.

Priya Paul. The Chairperson of the Park Hotels is the business face of the hotel line; she specialized in economics from the prestigious Wellesley College and immediately became a part of the family business to carry the legacy forward.

Ranjana Kumar: The former Chairperson of NABARD (National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development) is at present the Vigilance commissioner and a prominent face in the banking industry. She has the title for the first woman to be heading the public sector bank in India. She successfully pooled the Indian bank put off their heavy losses after she joined.

Mallika Srinivasan: She has been titled as the Businesswoman of the year by economic times and is presently serving as the director of TAFE- Tractors and Farm Equipment in India. She started in 1986 and has been responsible for taking the company revenue from 85cr to 2900cr in a matter of 20 years.

Neelam Dhawan: She is leading the Microsoft India team and as a Managing Director has only added to the value of the company. After finishing her studies she was keen on being a part of the FMCG sector but she constantly faced rejection as women in sales and marketing were not an idea welcomed much.

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