Influential women who studied abroad

5 inspirational and influential women who studied abroad

Last Updated on November 3, 2020 by iSchoolConnect

We live in a golden age when women have made and continue to make immeasurable contributions to the world. Try as we might, we cannot possibly honor and mention all of them. But here are a few influential women who are all exemplary in their own right.

Along with other factors, their education abroad gave them an edge and their actions in their fields only reflected it. Let’s take a look at these highly influential women who changed lives across the globe-

Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi PepsiCo CEO
Indra Nooyi held pivotal roles in Motorola and Pepsi Co.

Born in Madras, Indra Nooyi is the first female CEO of PepsiCo and is a board member of Amazon. Indra Nooyi received her Bachelor’s degree from Madras Christian College, University of Madras. After doing a postgraduate diploma from IIM, Calcutta, Nooyi went to Yale School of Management to receive a Master’s degree in Public and Private Management. She was ranked at number 13 on the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women and was ranked the second most powerful woman on the Fortune list in 2015. She removed aspartame from Diet Pepsi with the aim of improving the healthiness of the PepsiCo offerings and moving junk foods into healthier alternatives. During her 12 years of tenure, the company’s sales grew 80%. She is truly a great role model and one of the most powerful and influential women.

Barkha Dutt

Barkha Dutt influential women journalist
Barkha Dutt gives credit to her mother for the journalistic skills she has.

An iconic Indian tv journalist and an unprejudiced author, Barkha Dutt was a part of NDTV for 21 years. She graduated with a degree in English Literature from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. Assisted by Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation scholarship, she received a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Barkha Dutt was regarded as one of the prominent figures of the nation after her war reporting on the Kargil War front in 1999. Along with the awards such as Journalist of the Year, Best TV News Anchor for her programme “We the people”, Barkha Dutt was also awarded the Padma Shri in 2008.

Mira Nair

Mira Nair Filmmaker
With the profits earned from Salaam Bombay!
Mira Nair created the Salaam Balak Trust

Mira Nair, born in Rourkela, Odisha, is an Indian-American Filmmaker and one of the most sought after Indian influential women. Her movie Salaam Bombay had a nomination for the Academy Awards in the category Best Foreign Language Film. At 19, the brilliant Ms. Nair received full scholarships for both Columbia University, New York and Harvard University, Massachusetts. After contemplating the offer from both Ivy Schools, she accepted the full scholarship offered by Harvard University and attended college there. She also majored in Sociology at Miranda House at Delhi University. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in 2012.

Lilly Singh

Lilly Singh (Picture credits:
Lilly Singh’s first book ‘How to Be a Bawse: A guide to conquering life’ became number 1 New York Times bestseller. (Picture credits:

Widely known as IISuperwomanII, Lilly Singh, is a Canadian Youtube personality, comedian and an actress. She graduated with a bachelors in Arts in Psychology from York University, Toronto. Lilly topped the 2017 Forbes Top Influencers List in the entertainment category and tenth on the Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid YouTube stars. She also leads “GirlLove” campaign encouraging girls all over the world to end girl-on-girl hate. Along with the campaign, Lilly created a “GirlLove” Rafiki and helped thousands of girls (in Kenya and India) to gain an education. Lilly also launched Generation Unlimited at UN for education and support for the youth. With all her efforts and activities, she is definitely one of the most influential women amidst the Millenials.

Sara Ali Khan

Sara ali khan
Sara Ali Khan’s second film is the second highest-grossing Hindi film of 2018.

Born in the royal Pataudi family, Sara Ali Khan gained popularity by bagging two Bollywood films back to back. Before joining the film industry, Sara pursued Law and Political Science at Columbia University, an Ivy League institution. She believes that while her education and career are not quite correlated, pursuing higher education has helped her gain confidence, eloquence and has taught her how to live independently.

Along with these powerful personalities, we have a few other honorable mentions of women who have studied abroad. Rashmi Sinha-the CEO of SlideShare, Paramjeet Khurana- an Indian scientist, Nisa Godrej- the Chairperson of Godrej Consumer Products, Parineeti Chopra- a world-renowned Indian actress, and so many more. These influential women have left the world speechless with their success and progress in everything they put their mind to.

You can comment in the section below and let us know about any other women that have impacted your life for the better!

Following the example of these women, you can also pursue education abroad with iSchoolConnect’s. Feel free to reach out to us here.

Check out a few of our other blogs that you might find interesting – a girl’s guide to studying abroad, Making your dorm room cozy with inexpensive and easy DIYs. Learn about Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and many more on iSchoolConnect.

Rashmi Kango

A writer by day and a reader by night, Rashmi is a quirky cog, in the wheel that is iSchoolConnect. She spends her days writing intriguing and informative articles about all things Higher-Ed.

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