On April 2, 2019, an event titled ‘Lady of the Hour’ was conducted by the Society of Women Engineers, Mody University Affiliate in India. It was mainly about representing women from different eras, countries and backgrounds who have contributed considerably to our society and narrating their stories of struggle. Ms. Samridhi Mehta and Ms. Shivani Jinger were the moderators for the event.
The evening started off with a little insight on Benazir Bhutto’s life and what it would have been like to be in her shoes. The event’s discussion then moved to other influential figures such as: Serena Williams, who claimed her title for being the best female tennis player; French designer Coco Chanel, who ended women’s clothing struggles with corsets; Oprah Winfrey, who had a difficult childhood and suffered repeated sexual abuse but rose to the top despite the odds; Annie Besant, who campaigned for women’s rights, Indian independence and theosophy until her death in 1933; and Malala Yusufzai, a young girl who fought for educational rights. The event covered it all.
To top off the amazing research work done by the members, the speakers also dressed up as the person they were representing to create a more captivating and engaging experience. Apart from the solo speeches, we also had two skits. One was about ‘The Gulabi Gang’ and told the story of the gang’s formation by Sampat Pal Devi and how it has helped women over the years. The second one focused on portraying little excerpts from the lives of great Indian women like Rukhmabai, who was one of the first practicing female doctors in colonial India.
The event concluded with a small interactive session and a few questions from the audience. The moderators spoke about a few prominent women whose names have gone down in history books and who managed to make a difference despite all the shortcomings.
Content provided by college students of the Affiliate group.