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Women winning awards at national and international levels and being appointed in positions of power – this sure was landmark week for women. But equality is still a long way off!
According to an old Chinese proverb, women hold up half the sky. And that certainly seems to be shining through as three powerful women and talent super houses, Priyanka Chopra, Dr.Najma Heptulla and Sofia Ford Coppola made headlines for being awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, taking on the position of the Chancellor of the Jamia Milia Islamia University and winning the Best Director award at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival respectively!
Priyanka Chopra is a global citizen, popular Twitterati, actor par excellence, successful film producer and popular singer who has made great strides into making both the Bollywood and Hollywood film industries her own domain.
A former beauty, she has been announced as the recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award under the newly-instated ‘Internationally Acclaimed Icon Award’ category.
While she undeservedly drew a flak recently for apparently dressing in a not-so-sanskaari manner when meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin recently, she shrugged it all off and very wittily said “When I won the Padma Shri, I was in New York. Likewise for the National Awards my Marathi production Ventilator won. I think I should be spending more time in the US, maybe I’ll win a few more!”
Dr. Najma Heptulla
In another ‘first’, Dr.Najma Heptulla, governor of Manipur and former Union minister for minority affairs, was announced as the new Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, the first time that a woman is taking on this role!
Ms.Heptulla is the grand-niece of India’s first ever education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and has a long list of political achievements to her credit, including presiding over the women's parliamentarians' group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in 1993. She is also a published author and a writer par excellence!
Sofia Ford Coppola
Another headline grabbed this week by a woman with a legendary history! The supremely talented Sofia Ford Coppola, acclaimed director and champion of women’s rights, took home the award for the ‘Best Director’ at the Cannes Film Festival 2017, for her feminist take on the 1971 classic ‘The Beguiled’.
Coppola acknowledged the part her parents had to pay in her success story through her pre-written speed, in which she thanked “my father, who taught me about writing and directing and for sharing his love of cinema, and to my mother for encouraging me to be an artist and director Jane Campion for being a role model and supporting women filmmakers.”
The festival and her win made news also because she’s only the second woman in the history of the festival to have won the award confirming the lack of women representation at Cannes and statements by prominent Hollywood celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Isabelle Huppert and Jane Campion herself on how they planned to rectify this situation.
We at mycity4kids heartily congratulate these three path-breakers on their commendable achievements, draw our inspiration from them and hope they can help their tribe increase in the years to come. Cheers to woman power!