The former (and first female) Prime Minister of Britain from 1979 to 1990 was also the longest-serving PM in modern times. Revered and reviled for her tough stance and unbending will, she epitomised what people did not like about women in power. Tough. Arrogant. Unsympathetic. And yet, she was unquestionably successful.
Kiran Bedi has led an empowered life, and it is thanks to her parents who ignored the conventions of the day in raising girls. As a consequence, Kiran has impacted many throughout her career and has challenged the accepted traditions of women in positions of power.
Watch this brilliant TED Talk by Hanna Rosin as she shares new data on the rise of women:
This presentation on the gender wars has provoked deeply divided opinions on the TED site. Controversy is good. Sometimes we need to rub salt in a wound to ensure people feel the pain and do something about it, or expose those who ignore the pain. Some of the views expressed demonstrate the point that we will never have equality until we consider all to be equal and think in terms of ‘we’.