Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj has been revealed as one of the most influential women in India by the BBC. Mithali, who led India to the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 earlier this year, was named as one of the most influential women in India alongside Ira Trivedi, Tulika Kiran, Aditi Avasthi, Mehroonisa Siddiqui, Dr Urvashi Sahni and Nitya Thummalachetty in BBC’s 100 Women list 2017.

Ira Trivedi is a writer, yoga teacher and an activist who inspires women through her writing while Tulika Kiran has been teaching kids in Tihar prison for the past eight years. She is also a part of an organisation called India Vision Foundation which is founded by Kiran Bedi.

Aditi Avasthi is the founder and CEO at Embibe which is an edtech platform using deep tech and data science to bring a change in education sector. Dr Urvashi Sahni is a social entrepreneur, women’s rights activist and educationist of 34 years standing. She is an Asoka Fellow, a non-resident fellow at the Centre of Universal Education at Brookings, Washington DC and an advisor to the Government of Rajasthan for education.

In the list of these inspiring women from India is Nitya Thummalachetty, who is currently a business analyst at CareCentra, a health care analytics company based out of New York City that has developed a proprietary tech platform for improving health outcomes for patients. After her doctoral studies, she became the Director of Diversity Policy at FortunaPIX along with Mehroonisa Siddiqui who is the mother of the self-made Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

The list, which is inspired by BBC 100 Women challenge, is a unique way to celebrate and inspire women across the world. This represents global wealth of women empowerment and talent. It depicts the face of Independent women across the globe. While some are from the field of sports, others hail from engineering, business and creative backgrounds.  

The challenge will be coming to Delhi from October 9-13 where a team will be looking at female illiteracy. Other places hosting the 100 Women Challenge are: Silicon Valley from October 2-6 where a group will tackle the glass ceiling; safety on public transport will be the focus for the London and Nairobi team from October 16-20; and finally, from October 23-27 women in Rio will consider sexism in sport.

These Indian women named on Wednesday are part of the list of 60 women from around the world who are campaigning in such fields or who have inspired others through their actions.