I nominate Ms. Mala Bhandari, who runs a NGO called Sadrag for the #Spirit Awards. The link to her profile is https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/sadrag/posts/93410.
Mala, with her Ph.D, could have easily chosen a teaching or corporate career and risen to eminence. She is the wife of an Airforce officer. Instead she chose to fight for social causes she believes in.
She lives in a city not considered safe for women, and has launched a safety app for women to send SOS messages if in trouble.
She writes text book content on Gender Equality for educational institutions, to propagate the message deeper, in addition to the educational and empowerment activities carried out by her NGO.
She has written several papers and reports. Her book available on Amazon is "Quality of Life of Urban Working Women" (link https://www.amazon.in/Mala-Bhandari/e/B006ILKNLG%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scn...)
The culture of the place she lives and works in is such that institutions dealing with women are looked at with suspicion. There are people who would expect 'favours' from the girls in return for giving an approval or grant. Some others will suspect that she might be indulging in such nefarious activities. She stays on, fights it stoically and manages to keep her work clean.
The gist of her story is
"She had options - she chose the difficult ones."
Hats off to the grit and spirit of the exceptional lady!