After being married off at 15, Chanda Asani discovered her husband was cheating on her. She left him, but instead of going back to her family, the Mumbai woman, now 41, got a Master's in English literature and studied women's development. Although she struggled with glaucoma and arthritis and spent some time in the United States, she returned to India to work at Kalyani, a women's cooperative in the village of Kulak. Her achievements there โ€” she set up educational programs and helped find employment opportunities โ€” along with her general awesomeness have won her the Neerja Bhanot Award, named for a Pan Am employee (pictured at left) who died while saving victims of a hijacking at Karachi Airport in 1986. [Times of India]