” There is an urgent need to tackle the ills of society against women through active participation of all men, women, society, governments. It is imperative to make women empowerment a people’s movement.” – Sushma Swaraj

The news which filled our country with sorrow and disappointment was the death of prominent political leader Sushma Swaraj. Her demise was due to health issues. She has had a very decent and progressive political career. She had been involved in politics since her young age. Sushma Swaraj excelled in politics, a field traditionally dominated by men and has been an inspiring personality throughout her life for many women in India.

Sushma Swaraj was born on 14 February, 1952 in a middle class family in Haryana. Apart being born in a place where there had been many prejudices against women, she emerged as a powerful personality by breaking all types of stereotypes. She did her graduation in B.A. and later a course in LLB. She was excellent at studies and had received The Best student award from S.D. college from which she did her under graduation. She was also excellent in extra curricular activities including music, poetry, fine arts and drama. She was also a part of NCC. She has been the best Hindi speaker for three consecutive years.

Sushma Swaraj reached many great heights at a really very young age. She started her political career as a member of Janata party for four years. In 1977, at the age of 25 she became the youngest cabinet minister in India. Later in 1979, she served as the state president of Janata party in Haryana for four years. As said she was the woman of many firsts, she is the first woman union cabinet minister in India. In the year 1998, she became the first woman Chief minister of Delhi for a period of three months. She is the first woman spokesperson of a national level party. In 2009, she became the first woman opposition leader.

During her tenure as the Minister of External affairs from 2014, she had been the easily approachable minister of External affair. She earned reputation by turning twitter into a helpline platform. She had come to the rescue of many Indians across the world.

Sushma Swaraj was humane, sensitive and she easily reached out to common people. She has always raised voice for the empowerment and betterment of women in our society. Though she is no more ,her journey will continue to inspire many women in politics and other fields as well.

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