It’s the worst of times. It’s the best of times. In 2018, India was ranked by the Thomson Reuters Foundation as the worst country in which to be a woman. Except for those with special access to privilege—and even they’re not immune to silent sexism—life for the Indian woman is tough, very tough. And yet, she perseveres. She seeks to live the life that’s promised to her by the Constitution, a life of equality, dignity and freedom from discrimination. Not just as a mother, wife, daughter or sister, but also as an individual working for something that excites her. And, sometimes, just sometimes, through hard work, ingenuity and an indomitable spirit, she beats the odds and gives the world a success story to celebrate. It is this dynamism and never-say-die spirit that The New Indian Express will celebrate in Chennai on September 11, 2018, with Puducherry Lt-Governor Kiran Bedi presenting awards to 10 women achievers drawn from across Tamil Nadu.