Married life is not fair to all women. In spite of one’s best efforts to have a nice relationship with the husband, some women land up in single lives. The reasons can be many and are beyond the scope of this discussion. Having to lead the life as a single mother is probably is a huge challenge for any woman. Most women in such a situation , withdraw into a small space in the society, live a life an introvert, doing the barest necessary things to keep their kids survive. But, some women, after becoming single, get extra-ordinary courage and do something special to the society in which they live. Examples of such women can be many in India. In every City of India, you can come across lady lawyers, who are single themselves (after failed marriages), giving legal advices to similar women free of cost. Like that , there can be many examples in every field. <!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /--> But, what is noteworthy is an Indian woman from A.P, did something extra-ordinary after her migration to U.S. Married life was a misery to her , forcing her to get separated and lead the life of a single mother. But, instead of getting withdrawn from the society, she became a hero by doing the following : Here is her story : Vijaya Emani was born at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh to Indu Rani and G. Venkataramana Reddy and she was a meritorious student at every level of her education. She made her way to the United States in 1986 after graduating in engineering from Osmania University in 1980 and later received her M.S. degree in Computer Science from Cleveland State University. With her marriage ending in divorce, she overcame personal struggles to bring up her daughters with the help of her mother. Vijaya came to the forefront of the Indian community, first working with the Northeast Ohio Telugu Association, then with the Federation of Indian Community Associations and with Greater Cleveland Asian Community later. She initiated single-parent support groups and opened discussion about immigrant domestic violence. An advocate of women's empowerment and community involvement, Vijaya rose to be a civic leader to one of the largest minorities in the city of Cleveland. She worked to help set up the India Cultural Garden in 2002 and installation of Gandhiji's statue in 2006. Her work for the betterment of similar Indian women in US was so great that U.S President Barrack Obama, honored with the second highest Presidential Award of USA to her. (She died in a road accident and the award was given to her daughters posthumously, by U.S President). “Breaking long-held taboos, Vijaya Emani lent her voice to protect Indian-American women from domestic violence,” Mr. Obama said while presenting the nation's second-highest civilian honour to Emani's daughters -- Sujata and Nirmala -- in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, 20<sup>th</sup> October 2011. Mr.Obama also added, “She was a trailblazer who shared her personal story to help other battered women overcome abusive relationships” End of a marriage is the end of every thing in life to most women. But, here is an example, where Mrs.Vijaya Emani proved that ‘what appears as the end may really be a new beginning”….! This thread is a tribute to that great woman………………..meant to inspire similar women, in India and abroad, who may be thinking that every thing is over to them, simply because their marriage is over. Every one of us, can feel proud of her.....! She has made History...! First Photo : Vijaya's daughters receiving the second highest civilian Presidential Award from US President. Second Photo : Late Mrs.Vijaya Emani !