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Want To Be Her

Confusion at the crossroads? Not quite. Indian women tick-mark the one they most want to emulate.

Want To Be Her
Want To Be Her
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We are a nation starved of role models. Decades of blighted hope have made this both unexamined certitude and fashionable assertion. But is it perhaps a male urban legend? When research agency Cfore conducted a focus group discussion among well-educated Delhi women—both home-makers and working women—the group did not have any trouble in coming up with 36 names of “role models for the 21st century modern woman”. The names ranged from Sheila Dixit to Mallika Sherawat (“for doing what she wants in the way she wants to”), from Sushmita Sen (“for her lack of hypocrisy”) to tennis champ Sania Mirza. Cfore researchers then asked 758 women—college students, graduates and post-graduates—in Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore to rate these 36 women on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 standing for “excellent role model”. The respondents also indicated which of six qualities each of the 36 possessed—success, modern outlook, independence, fame, courage and personality. The dozen women profiled, then, represent, in their diverse ways, what today’s average Indian woman looks up to and aspires to be.

Success Modern Outlook Indepen-
dence
Fame Courage Personality
Medha Patkar, Activist: 8.24*
72 66 96 67 100 54
Dr. Kiran Bedi, Crusader Cop: 8.12
93 74 80 82 100 68
Sonia Gandhi, Congress Godmother: 7.69
91 69 88 97 96 48
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Bio-Revolutionist: 7.83
100 78 82 92 67 59
Aparna Sen, Film Maker: 7.54
89 81 86 78 52 87
Lalita Gupte, Banker: 7.52
100 74 43 68 48 65
Naina Lal Kidwai, Investment Banker: 7.20
100 76 41 65 46 72
Arundhati Roy, Writer-Activist: 7.17
73 87 91 62 95 88
Shahnaz Husain, Herbal Beauty Queen: 7.12
100 62 77 73 32 22
P.T. Usha, Athlete: 7.08
86 39 47 86 73 15
Asha Bhonsle, Singer: 7.07
91 68 77 91 63 43
Aishwarya Rai, Actress: 7.05
97 83 81 93 43 86

Agewise Findings

Rank 18-25 Above 25
1 Kiran Bedi Medha Patkar
2 Medha Patkar Kiran Bedi
3 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Sonia Gandhi
4 Lalita Gupte Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
5 Aishwarya Rai Aparna Sen
6 Sonia Gandhi Shahnaz Husain
7 Naina Lal Kidwai Arundhati Roy
8 Ekta Kapoor    Lalita Gupte
9 Ritu Beri P T Usha
10 Sania Mirza Naina Lal Kidwai

       
       
     
      
       

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