Indian Policewoman Earns Silver – and a Promotion – at the Commonwealth Games

October 11, 2010 at 11:44 am 1 comment

In a country heavily influenced by traditional gender roles, Soniya Chanu breaks the mold.  She’s not only an inspector in the Uttar Pradesh Police (UPP) force, but also a formidable global competitor in weightlifting.  Soniya’s impressive performance earned India its first medal in this year’s Commonwealth Games, winning the silver (fellow countrywoman Sandhya Rani took bronze).

Delighted UPP officials announced that 30 -year-old Soniya will receive a promotion for her medal effort.  It’s refreshing to see an Indian woman achieving success in a male-dominated profession through sports, particularly a typically male pursuit.  Though Soniya was disappointed not to bring home the gold, it seems clear that her silver was a win for women’s advancement in India.

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  • 1. Stephanie Fletcher  |  October 11, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    One thing I really like about this blog is its positive view of women’s strides in the world. If I want to be scared or depressed, I’ll watch the sensationalized evening news. If I want to feel hopeful and encouraged, I will read Women Helping Women.


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