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Rural India is known for its rustic beauty and for the cultural life that amazes not just the subcontinent but the entire world. But there’s another side to it-filled with stories of oppression and neglect faced by women . So, when unknown women from villages of India do something that empowers the society in which they live, it is not just a piece of information worth spreading; it’s a happening that needs to be celebrated. Here are 7 stories of rural Indian women achieving the impossible.

1. The rural women of Sathyamangalam

Sathyamangalam
Film making in progress| Source: thebetterindia.com

The women of this land in Tamil Nadu have been victims of neglect for ages. Now, in the age of mass media and connected technology, they have found a new weapon to fight the oppression-the video camera.
Female volunteers who took part in a film-making workshop conducted by ‘Signs’ and ‘Aide et Action International’ are using the visual platform to tell their stories-real tales of oppression that are plainly told and are hard to neglect. This is a movement the rural women of Satyamangalam participates in with their heart.

2. Agricultural labourer in India turned CEO in USA

Jyothi Reddy
Jyothi Reddy| Source: quora.com

The success story of Mrs. D Jyothi Reddy from Warangal in Hyderabad has a narrative arc that pushes the limit of unbelievable. A rural agricultural labourer whose pay was Rs..5 per day till 1989, she is now the CEO of Keys software solutions in USA, creating revenues in the millions. Not forgetting where she came from, she is actively involved in philanthropic endeavours, serving rural India.

3. Women of Barsana

Holi in Barsana
Holi in Barsana | Source: thebetterindia.com

Barsana is near Mathura, one of the sacred places in Hinduism. But the women of Barsana faced a problem that is less than sacred-alcohol. Men who indulged themselves in drinking spirits spoiled the fun of Holi, one of the most popular Hindu festivals. So, what did the women do? They devised their own version of celebrating the festival called ‘Lathmar Holi.’ The highlight is that men get thrashed by women with lathis and these men have to dance in public, dressed as a woman. Drinks, anyone?

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