'Women in Creativity' Released by Rolling Stones; Features 25 of the Greatest Indian Women

This list celebrates 25 Indian women in the fields of music, film, OTT, content production, entrepreneurship, and fashion and features a unique index of outstanding individuals.

Through significant sections and covers, Rolling Stone India has a long tradition of documenting and highlighting women in all facets of music and popular culture. They have released their ‘Women In Creativity’ power list to celebrate the ground-breaking examples set by these daunting women.

Oscar winners Guneet Monga and Kartiki Gonsalves, ground-breaking drag artist Sushant Divgikr, rising star musician Asees Kaur, renowned content creator and sexuality educator Leeza Mangaldas, content creator and diverse artistic force Mithila Palkar, lyricist and screenwriter Kausar, among others, are included among the honourees. Famous artist and curator Brinda Miller, renowned marketer and sustainability connoisseur Jasleen Kaur, Nirmika Singh, and Team Rolling Stone India made up the list's jury.

Statement from the Executive of Rolling Stones India 

Rolling Stone India Executive Editor and Digital Director Nirmika Singh said, as quoted by WION, "The ‘Women in Creativity’ honours are designed for, of and by women. They come at a time when India is experiencing a creative movement across music, entertainment, and entrepreneurship, with significant contributions from women. This is historic, and we have to capture, chronicle, and celebrate this moment."

Purpose behind this initiative 

The 'Women in Creativity' power ranking is crucial since women remain inadequately represented in society as a whole. India is a long way from achieving fairness and equality. The 'Inclusion in the Recording Studio?' 2022 analysis by USC Annenberg and Spotify found that only 23.3% of the 180 artists listed on the Billboard Hot 100 Year-End Chart in 2021 were female.

Insignificant numbers of women have also been nominated for Grammys. Only 14.2% of the 2022 Grammy nominees in major categories were female, compared to 85.8% of men. According to the sixth economic census conducted by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, 8.05 million out of the 58.5 million entrepreneurs in India are women, which is just 13.76% of all entrepreneurs.