First in India Women



Indian woman to swim across-English ChannelMiss Arati Saha
Woman Minister of Indian UnionRajkumari Amrit Kaur
Woman Chief Minister of StateMrs. Sucheta Kriplani
Woman GovernorMrs. Sarojini Naidu
Woman President of Indian National CongressDr. Annie Besant
Woman Prime MinisterMrs. Indira Gandhi
Woman Speaker of a State AssemblyMrs. Shanno Devi
Woman to climb mount EverestBachhendri Pal
Woman Judge in Supreme CourtMrs. Meera Sahib Fatima Biwi
Woman Chief Justice of a High CourtSmt. Leela Seth
Indian Woman to go in space (Now U.S. Citizen)Kalpana Chawla
India's First woman Merchant Navy OfficerSonali Banerjee
First Indian woman cricketer to score double centuryMithali Raj (August 2002 playing against England)
First woman Air Vice-MarshalP. Bandopadhyaya
First Indian to be appointed as United Nations Civilian Police AdvisorMs. Kiran Bedi
First astronaut of Indian origin to perish aboard U.S. space shuttle in a tragic accidentDr. Kalpana Chawla (Columbia space shuttle, Feb. I, 2003)
First woman to be appointed Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of IndiaK. J. Udeshi (appointed on June 10, 2003)
First Indian girl to register a win in a Wimbledon tournamentSania Mirza (2003)
First Indian lady to win a medal in World Athletic ChampionshipAnju Bobby George (Aug. 2003)
First woman Chairman and Managing Director of NABARDMrs. Ranjana Kumar
First Orissa woman to top I.A.S.Smt. Roopa Misra (Indian Civil Services Exam., 2003)
First woman Director General of Police of a StateKanchan C. Bhattacharya (DGP Uttaranchal)
First woman to be appointed as the crime branch chiefMeeriJ Borwankar (took over as crime branch chief of Mumbai police)
First woman to reach the rank of Lt. General in the Indian armyPuneeta Arora (Commandant, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune)
First Indian to cross seven important seas by swimmingBula Chaudhury
First woman to become Indian Air Force's First woman Air MarshalAir Marshal Padma Bandhopadhyay
India's First woman athlete to win WTA open Tennis titleSania Mirza (Feb. 2005, Hyderabad)
The First woman President of the Republic of IndiaPratibha Patil
Woman IASAnna Ranjan George, 1950
Woman to swim across the English ChannelArati Saha, 1959
First Woman Chief MinisterSucheta Kriplani
Woman Speaker of Lok SabhaSmt. Meira Kumar, 2009
Woman Awarded with -Bharat Ratnas-Indira Gandhi
Woman awarded with Bhartiya-Gyan-Peeth PurskarAshapurna Devi, 1976
Woman Sahitya Akademi Award WinnerAmrita Pritam, 1956
Woman Honours GraduateKamini Roy
Woman Director General of PoliceKanchan C Bhattacharya
Woman to received Nobal PrizeMother Teresa
Woman GovernorSarojini Naidu
Woman Air PilotDurba Banerjee
Woman TeacherSavitribai Phule
Woman Doctorate of ScienceAsima Chatterjee (1944)
Woman IPSKiran Bedi
Woman Supreme Court judgeKumari Fathima Beevi
Miss WorldReita Faria in 1966
Miss Asia PacificZeenat Aman in 1970
Miss UniverseSushmita Sen in 1994
Miss EarthNicole Faria in 2010
Dadasaheb Phalke AwardDevika Rani in 1969
First Lady DoctorAnandibai Joshi
Woman GrandmasterKoneru Humpy
First woman judge in Supreme CourtMrs. Meera Sahib Fatima Bibi
First woman AmbassadorMiss C.B. Muthamma
First woman Governor of a state in free IndiaMrs Sarojini Naidu
First woman Speaker of a State AssemblyShanno Devi
First woman Prime MinisterMrs Indira Gandhi
First woman Minister in a GovernmentRajkumari Amrit Kaur
First woman to climb Mount Everest twiceSantosh Yadav
First woman President of Indian National CongressMrs Annie Besant
First woman pilot in Indian Air ForceHarita Kaur Dayal
First woman GraduatesKadambini Ganguly and Chandramukhi Basu, 1883
First woman Airline PilotDurba Banerjee
First woman Honours GraduateKamini Roy, 1886
First woman Olympic medal WinnerKarnam Malleswari, 2000
First woman Asian Games Gold Medal WinnerKamlijit Sandhu
First woman LawyerCornelia Sorabjee
First woman President of United Nations General AssemblyMrs Vijaya Laxmi Pandit
First woman Chief Minister of an Indian StateMrs Sucheta Kripalani
First woman Chairman of Union Public Service CommissionRoze Millian Bethew
First woman Director General of PoliceKanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya
First woman JudgeAnna Chandy (She became judge in a district court in 1937)
First woman Cheif Justice of High CourtMrs Leela Seth (Himachal Pradesh High Court)
First woman Judge in Supreme Court of IndiaKumari Justice M. Fathima Beevi
First woman Lieutenant GeneralPuneeta Arora
First woman Air Vice MarshalP. Bandopadhyaya
First woman chairperson of Indian AirlinesSushma Chawla
First woman IPS officerMrs. Kiran Bedi
First and last Muslim woman ruler of IndiaRazia Sultan
First woman to receive Ashoka ChakraNirja Bhanot
First woman to receive Jnanpith AwardAshapurna Devi
First woman to receive Nobel PrizeMother Teresa
First woman to receive Bharat RatnaMrs Indira Gandhi