GC4W Women in Leadership

Female Muay Thai Fighters Make History in Male-Dominated Sport

By Teirra Kamolvattanavith Since opening in 1956, Lumpinee Boxing Stadium has become one of the world’s most prestigious sites for Thailand’s martial art of Muay Thai. But the venue in Bangkok has traditionally forbidden women from fighting there—or even touching the ring—due to entrenched superstitions about menstruation and its potential to “pollute” the sacred space.  Signs placed around the ring are clear:…

Meet the Entrepreneurial Spice Girls of India

By Tenzin Norzom In the bustling Sardar Market in Jodhpur, the Spice Girls of India greet tourists from around the world, offering a cup of their trademark masala-scented chai at their MV Spices store.  A well-known and popular brand among the tourists who visit the city from all over the world, it has been fondly talked about by international travel companies…

NASA’s First Hispanic Woman in Space: Dr. Ellen Ochoa

By Arnesia Young For decades, human spaceflight has been at the forefront of exploration outside the realm of Earth’s atmosphere. Many men and women have become NASA trailblazers on this path in history, paving the road to the final frontier for future generations. One such person is Dr. Ellen Ochoa, who became the first Hispanic woman in space when she blasted off aboard the Space…

Cecilia Lenk Makes Investing More Accessible to Women

By Sindhu Kashyaap For over 20 years now, Cecilia Lenk has been a leading woman in the field of STEM – having worked as a senior executive, angel investor, and entrepreneur. Today, she is working to ensure that more women turn investors and take stronger financial decisions.  “I finished my engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and studied biology from Harvard University.…

How Ekta Ohri Helps Children to be Happy and Compassionate

By Tenzin Norzom About ten years ago, when Ekta Ohri had a family friend over for dinner, she recalls her friend’s three-year-old daughter glued to her iPad and the little girl wouldn’t even greet others.  “It was just so disturbing to see her hooked to the iPad. She spent about three hours with us and not for a minute did she look up.…