In Indian history, whether it is ancient, medieval or modern, there are many vivifying stories of women who have made much effort and toiled hard to come out of their comfort zones and made a truly inspiring mark in their respective fields.
Boxing is one of the sports mostly preferred to be for men and less for women. However ,there are some Indian women boxers who proved this fact wrong and emerged as highly inspiring rising stars in this male dominated field. These women proved themselves that no matter what, hard work is the best gateway to success and the doors of success always opens up for constant strugglers who fights and focus on their goals with patience and firm determination and in doing so, it helps them in getting to their respective destinations.
Here is a list of these women achievers-
1. Mary Kom
Hailing from Manipur in North-East India , Mary Kom is the first Indian woman boxer to win a gold medal at the Asian Games in 2014 and also brought home a bronze medal from the Olympic Games in 2012. She had won gold medals for six times each at the World Amateur Boxing Championship and Asian Women’s Boxing Championship. With such amazing achievements in her international career, she is certainly one of the most inspiring personalities of India. She has been nicknamed as ‘Magnificent Mary’ as she has earned huge laurels in the field of boxing.
2. Kavita Chahal
Hailing from Haryana, Kavita Chahal went on to win gold medal twice at the World Police Games and was ranked as the second best boxer by the International Boxing Association in 2012. She won gold medals for twenty times at various national level boxing tournaments. She is a sparkling jewel among the Indian boxers and is a recipient of the Arjuna Award from the Indian Government in 2013.
3. Pinki Jangra
With three gold medals from international boxing tournaments and also a Commonwealth Games bronze in her belt, Pinki Jangra is one of the most promising boxers of India. Hailing from Haryana and nicknamed as the ‘Giant Killer’, she has earned herself a place among the list of ‘100 Women Achievers’ of the Ministry Of Women & Child Development.
4. Sarjubala Devi
Born in Manipur to a farmer’s family, Sarjubala Devi is one of the youngest Indian women boxers to win a silver medal at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship in 2014. She has been a National Boxing Champion twice and has been able to shine brilliantly at a young age.
Hailing from Tamil Nadu, Thulasi Helen, as a school dropout fought against all odds of life . She toiled hard to become a rising star in boxing. She ran away from her family after a dispute and did odd jobs to survive herself. Despite her hardships, she has won thirty medals in boxing . She was also a World Tamil Chamber Of Commerce Achiever Awardee in 2016. A film named ‘Light Fly, Fly High’ was made on her life.