The Indian state of Gujarat is well known for the business accumen of its people. It has spawned thousands of entrepreneurs world wide.

A few months ago an unprecedented event took place. Paru Jaykrishna, 63 , became the first lady President of the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry. breaking into a traditionally male bastion.

This event marks, says the Economic Times , the coming of age of the Indian women entrepreneur.

Anil Bhardwaj, secretary general, Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME), “When it comes to success, they are as good as men, if not better.” Bhardwaj estimates women entrepreneurs at a tenth of the Indian entrepreneur universe — currently there are 1.3 million SSIs and 9.1 million registered SMEs — in India, with the percentage growing every year.

It is heartening to see an increasingly large number of women taking to entrepreneurship in different vocations/lines of business. It makes them self-sufficient, economically stronger and gives them a sense of achievement.