Most Influential American Indian Women

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Indians are considered intellectual and knowledgeable people. More and more Indians are making their marks all over the world. Many of these people hold high positions in the companies abroad. Some of them are recognized for their extraordinary performances and contribution to the society. They have excelled in diverse fields ranging from business, academics, media and politics to literature. Here we have listed some of such American Indian women who have marked their presence on world map with excellence in their fields.

Sunita Williams

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She is a NASA Astronaut who holds the record of longest ever space flight by a woman. She is an American Indian born as Sunita Pandya Krishna on September 19, 1965. Sunita is married to Michael J. Williams, a Federal police officer in Oregon.

Indra Nooyi

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Indra Nooyi is, an Indian American, is the Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo. A successful businesswoman who have been appeared in Wall Street Journal’s list of 50 women to watch in 2007 and 2008.She also reserves a place in the list of most powerful women in the world. According to Forbes, she is consistently ranked among World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley

Born into a Punjabi Sikh Family, Nikki Haley (Nimrata Nikki Randhawa Haley) currently hold the position of Governor of South Carolina. She is 116th and the first woman to serve as Governor of South Carolina. Before starting her political career she was into her Family Business.

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris

Kamala is an American Attorney with an Indian-Jamaican descent. She was born on October 20, 1964 to Dr. Shyamala Gopalan (Tamil Mother) & economics professor Donald Harris (Jamaican American father). She is the 32nd and current Attorney General of California following the 2010 California state elections. “Harris is the first female, African-American and Asian American attorney general in California as well as the first ethnic Indian American attorney general in the United States.” (source wikipedia)

Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai

Kiran is an Indian Author a citizen of India and a permanent resident of the United States. She is the daughter of famous author Anita Desai. Kiran Desai is the youngest woman to win the Man Booker Prize at the age of 35 for her novel ‘Inheritance of Loss’.

Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar

Anoushka Shankar, the daughter of world famous Pandit Ravi Shankar herself is a popular Sitar player who lives between three countries i.e United States, India and United Kingdom. She chose music over her studies and in an interview she once said “after I graduated from high school, I made a decision not to go to college and start touring full-time. Even at that time, I thought maybe I’d do it for a year and see what happens. During that year, it became so clear to me that that was my life and who I was– a touring musician.”

Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta

An Indian born Canadian Director who have been in news for quite sometime for her element Trilogy Bollywood films namely Earth, Fire and Water. Another thing for which she is popular is her work. She is a keen explorer of cultural taboos and traditions that exists in India. Her element Trilogy films helped her achieve various awards & recognition worldwide.

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

One of the first well-known Indian Model, Padma Lakshmi’s resume includes various roles to her name right from actress, TV show host, writer to ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women. She was born in Kerala on September 1, 1970 and spent most of her life in USA.

Norah Jones

Norah Jones

Norah Jones is a popular American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress. She is the daughter of Pandit Ravi Shankar and paternal half-sister of Anoushka Shankar.