Women in Tamil Nadu are fostering self-made entrepreneurship. TN making more women entrepreneurs
Literacy, business, and social growth all go hand in hand with women in Tamil Nadu and supporting underprivileged women. The most working women employees in India are found in this state. In 2022, Tamil Nadu moved up six positions in the national rating of the startup ecosystem, moving from last place to eleventh place in just two years.
According to census data, female literacy and self-made entrepreneurs have greatly improved in both rural and urban regions, making Tamil Nadu one of the most literate states for women entrepreneurs.
It makes sense that women in Tamil Nadu are quickly becoming role models for women across the nation. Women employees in the southern state are being assisted in securing their place in the sun by progressive government laws, gender-conscious corporate hiring practices, and a slow but steady shift in social thinking.
According to the 2012 census, India’s one million establishments managed by women rank third among the major states, behind Kerala and Maharashtra. The establishment of the Tamil Nadu Start-up and Innovation Mission (Tansim), an organization guiding the state’s start-up ecosystem, and the introduction of Tanseed, a program by the state government to support start-ups with a seed grant of up to Rs 10 lakh, have given the state’s women yet another significant boost in realizing their aspirations.
The state has also made female education a priority, and the number of girls enrolling in high school is rising dramatically. Stronger education has translated into better professional options for women; according to media reports, the state currently employs the most direct women in manufacturing, mainly in the textile and footwear industries.
The Coimbatore plant of Kirloskar Brothers has been run entirely by women since 2011, and CEAT’s Chennai facility was the first in the tyre business to set up an all-female crew for extruder operations. Social taboos have been broken down by tradition and the status of temples to allow women to participate in politics. Of the 20 mayors elected this year in major Tamil Nadu cities, 11 are women.
However, it is difficult for women to overcome preconceptions and pursue entrepreneurship in a nation like India. Financial challenges, social stigmas, and familial opposition, together with her never-ending home duties, can occasionally hinder women’s aspirations.
Tamil Nadu’s women have set an example for the rest of the nation by claiming territories that were previously seen as belonging to men. No industry is off limits for the state’s women as they overcome obstacles to realize their aspirations, including edtech, computer education, medical, and contemporary agriculture. Entrepreneurship brings with it empowerment. According to a recent study, women entrepreneurs from Tamil Nadu have experienced varying degrees of empowerment as a result of the independent business ventures they have started.
The five outstanding female entrepreneurs who have previously won the Britannia Marie Gold My Startup Contest all have comparable tales to tell. Their adventures are a testament to resilience, tenacity, and resolve. The five women, J Kalavathi, Narmatha Vasanthan, R Sumathi, Yazhinidevi D, and Madhu Nachammai, are all self-made businesswomen who are from small towns throughout Tamil Nadu.
While one is the first person to open an optometry clinic in her hometown, another has the distinction of being the sole female entrepreneur in her hamlet. Two have entered the traditionally male-dominated fields of education technology and computer science. One has devoted her life to studying the therapeutic properties of the common banana and has developed her own line of skin care products as a result.
These five women have built strong foundations for their start-ups and are now aiming higher. Tamil Nadu’s women have already demonstrated that they are capable of leaving their imprint on the globe. It’s time for us to act as the spark that ignites their aspirations!