On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we want to take a moment to reflect on your incredible achievements in different walks of life and across geographies. From the President of India to the Vice President of America, from pilots to astronauts, from homemakers to CEOs, you are strong, determined, and dutiful. Since the time immemorial, you have been fighting for your right to dignity and equality. Whether it is Mother India or Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway, your struggle in real have given birth to many stories of inspiration for the reel.
Two Indian women found special mentions in the history of Oscars; Bhanu Athaiya, the first-ever Indian to have won an Oscar, and Persis Khambatta, the first Indian presenter at Oscars. In the early days of Indian immigration to America, it was Kala Bagai, an Indian woman of fiery spirit, who fought racism and discrimination against South Asian communities until her last breath. Astronaut Kalpana Chawla is the first Indian-origin woman to have got two streets named after her in the US. Among the Indian-origin women leaders in the Biden administration is Dr Arati Prabhakar, who heads the US Office of Science and Technology Policy. The first female engineer to have joined Ford Motor Company in America in 1967 was an Indian woman, Damyanti Gupta.
Any tribute to you is not justified without a mention of those who have smashed the glass ceiling to reach the 35,000-ft height. In the early days of Air India, Indian women fought patriarchy and a conservative society to become air hostesses. The society’s perception of air hostesses as “glorified ayahs” serving aboard flights improved only after Neerja Bhanot’s heroic act and tragic death on the line of duty in 1986 made the world believe that they could also be a hero. Precisely, you play various roles from the air traffic control room to the cockpit to make our journeys easier and better.
Today, India has the highest percentage of the world’s total female pilots for passenger airlines. Starting from Durba Banerjee who defied gender stereotypes to become India’s first female commercial pilot in 1956 to Saudamini Deshmukh who was the first captain to command a B737 flight with an all-women crew in 1989 to Zoya Agarwal who commanded Air India’s longest flight over the North Pole in 2021 to Maitri Patel who became India’s youngest commercial pilot at the age of 19, the phenomenal journey of Indian women pilots continues….
Nothing is unattainable to you even in your 80s and 90s. Karthyayani Amma born in 1922 scored 98% in Kerala’s literacy examination when she was 96 in 2018. Kamalathal, an octogenarian Idli Amma in Tamil Nadu, offers a piece of idli with sambar and chutney for a meagre Rs 1 to daily-wage laborers so that they can save some bucks for their family. Harbhajan Kaur, a nonagenarian entrepreneur in Punjab, launched her startup at the age of 90. She sells her homemade Besan ki Barfi, pickles, and other sweetmeats. Saalumarada Thimmakka, a centenarian environmentalist in Karnataka, received Padma Shri in 2019 for planting more than 8000 trees single-handedly. Lakshmikutty, a school dropout who has practiced natural medicine for 50 years, gives lecturers at several institutes even in her 80s.
The list of Indian women who reinvented themselves and kissed success at the twilight phase of their lives goes on….
Whether it is ISRO or NASA, you have been trailblazers in space missions. Dr Swati Mohan and Dr Vandana Verma were the poster women for NASA’s Mars 2020 mission. They defined 2021 as the year of their significant contributions to the successful landing of NASA’s Perseverance Rover on Mars. Women scientists, including Dr Seetha Somasundaram, Ritu Karidhal, Anuradha TK and Moumita Dutta, formed a major driving force behind the success of Mangalyaan, India’s maiden mission to Mars. They were headlined as the “Rocket Women of India”.
“Behind every successful man, there is a woman.” The statement is not a myth. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s wife Anupama, who studied architecture, is a glaring example of the traditional support system behind men’s career growth and professional success. Reportedly, she gave up her career to raise their three children including the one with special needs. In several interviews and his book ‘Hit Refresh’, Satya Nadella credited her for helping him become what he is today. Precisely, you are an unstoppable force in any role, in any place, and at any time.
Given the manifestation of feminine energy in different forms and shapes around us, any day is a women’s day. However, MARCH 8 is globally a special occasion to make you feel important as an equal individual. To commemorate the occasion, Indian Eagle – a most trusted air-ticketing partner of Indian Diaspora in America – is up with an international women’s day offer. The offer is Indian Eagle’s Women’s Day discount coupon that you can redeem by using the coupon code to save on your travel between USA and India.
Terms and Conditions that apply to your use of ‘Women’s Day Discount Coupon’ on booking your trip at IndianEagle.com:
- The coupon is valid from 8 March through 31 March 2023.
- The coupon is redeemable only once while booking a new one-way/round trip on either route: USA or India or India to USA.
- The coupon is non-transferable and has no cash value.
- The coupon is not applicable for discounted itineraries and ‘Eagle Deals.’
- The coupon is not applicable for a change of travel dates in the existing reservations.
- The coupon cannot be combined with other coupons, discounts, or Eagle Rewards.
- The coupon cannot be redeemed for a discount on fare difference while rescheduling confirmed travel or revalidating open tickets.
- The coupon is not applicable for other services including but not limited to travel insurance, airport lounge booking, and paid on-ground/inflight service.
- The coupon can be claimed by adult women travelers flying alone or with kids/spouses/other adult travelers. The coupon can be claimed by an adult male traveler accompanying or flying with an adult woman traveler.