I'm looking for a little inspiration today, so I thought I'd ask all of you WIM friends to talk about women who have inspired you.
I'd like you to meet my grandmother.
Her name was Roda Mistry, and even though she passed away in 2004, I have a hard time thinking of her in anything other than the present tense. I call her Mamaiji, which basically means "Grandmother, Sir," and she was one of the few women -- and, at the time, the only Zoroastrian
-- in the Raja Sabbha, the Upper House of India's parliament. After 6-year stint there, she became the Minister for Women's Welfare and Tourism. She went on to found a college of Social Work
in Hyderabad that has since been named after her.
She would be the first to admit that she wasn't the greatest mom in the world -- my mom and my uncle were each shipped off to boarding school by age 6. Mamaiji, and her life in general, was really about extremes, not balance. But she held a powerful public position at a time and in a place where women were (and, in many ways, still are) second-class citizens, and I've always been inspired by her.
Who inspires you?