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Breaking the glass ceiling: Indian women in 2019

Breaking the glass ceiling
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Breaking the glass ceiling

From making headlines for economic reforms (Nirmala Sitharaman) to Royal Society Fellow (Gagandeep Kang), first in 360 years, women craeted a lot of buzz across the spectrum.

Let's take a glimpse into the lives of some of the women who made headlines in 2019 (till now).

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GS Lakshmi: First-ever woman referee
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GS Lakshmi: First-ever woman referee

GS Lakshmi has become the first-ever woman referee to be appointed on the ICC International Panel of Match Referees.

Lakshmi, 51, who first officiated as a match referee in domestic women’s cricket in 2008-09, has overseen three women’s ODI matches and three women’s T20I matches.

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Vrinda Rathi: Cricketer turned umpire
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Vrinda Rathi: Cricketer turned umpire

Vrinda Rathi is set to become the first national woman umpire from India.

Traditionally a male-dominated sport, the country’s most favoured game is now welcoming more and more women onto the field.

Cricketer turned umpire, 29-year-old Vrinda came second in BCCI’S Level 2 umpiring exam for match referees. Along with her was Chennai-based N Janani, and the two will now be able to officiate men’s first-class matches, reports Mid-Day.

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Gagandeep Kang: First in 360 years
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Gagandeep Kang: First in 360 years

Gagandeep Kang is the first Indian woman scientist to be elected Royal Society Fellow in 360 years.

As per media reports, the Royal Society of London has announced a list of 51 eminent scientists elected to its fellowship in the year 2019.

Dr. Kang is the first Indian woman to be elected to the Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).

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​Aarohi Pandit: Crossing Atlantic
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​Aarohi Pandit: Crossing Atlantic

Meet Captain Aarohi Pandit, the 23-year-old girl who became world's first woman to cross Atlantic Ocean in LSA.

Captain Aarohi Pandit, a 23-year-old pilot from Mumbai became the world's first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA), thrilling her family, friends and aviation circles.

​Hina Jaiswal: Woman flight engineer
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​Hina Jaiswal: Woman flight engineer

Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal became the first Indian Woman Flight Engineer of the Indian Air Force.

Hina completed the six-month flight engineer course from the 112 Helicopter Unit attached to the Air Force Station in Yelahanka in Bengaluru.

A flight engineer is the member of an aircraft’s flight crew who monitors and operates its complex aircraft systems requiring a specialised skill set.

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