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First Women in India

The first lady to become Miss World Rita Faria
The first woman judge in Supreme Court Mrs. Meera Sahib Fatima Bibi
The first woman Ambassador Miss C.B. Muthamma
The first woman Governor of a state in free India Mrs Sarojini Naidu
The first woman Speaker of a State Assembly Shanno Devi
The first woman Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi
The first woman Minister in a Government Rajkumari Amrit Kaur
The first woman to climb Mount Everest Bachhendri Pal
The first woman to climb Mount Everest twice Santosh Yadav
The first woman President of Indian National Congress Mrs Annie Besant
The first woman pilot in Indian Air Force Harita Kaur Dayal
The first woman Graduates Kadambini Ganguly and Chandramukhi Basu, 1883
The first woman Airline Pilot Durga Banerjee
The first woman Honours Graduate Kamini Roy, 1886
The first woman Olympic medal Winner Karnam Malleswari, 2000
The first woman Asian Games Gold Medal Winner Kamlijit Sandhu
The first woman Lawyer Cornelia Sorabjee
The first woman President of United Nations General Assembly Mrs Vijaya Laxmi Pandit
The first woman Chief Minister of an Indian State Mrs Sucheta Kripalani
The first woman Chairman of Union Public Service Commission Roze Millian Bethew
The first woman Director General of Police Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya
The first woman Judge Anna Chandy (She became judge in a district court in 1937)
The first woman Cheif Justice of High Court Mrs Leela Seth (Himachal Pradesh High Court)
The first woman Judge in Supreme Court of India Kumari Justice M. Fathima Beevi
The first woman Lieutenant General Puneeta Arora
The first woman Air Vice Marshal P. Bandopadhyaya
The first woman chairperson of Indian Airlines Sushma Chawla
The first woman IPS officer Mrs. Kiran Bedi
The first and last Muslim woman ruler of India Razia Sultan
The first woman to receive Ashoka Chakra Nirja Bhanot
The first woman to receive Jnanpith Award Ashapurna Devi
The first woman to cross English Channel Aarti Saha
The first woman to receive Nobel Prize Mother Teresa
The first woman to receive Bharat Ratna Mrs Indira Gandhi
The first woman to receive Jnanpith Award Ashpurna Devi


Women related information :

  • First female Monarch in India: Prabhavatigupta (385-405) of Vakataka dynasty
  • First women's court in India: Malda, West Bengal
  • Graduates: Kadambini Ganguly and Chandramukhi Basu, 1883
  • The first woman honours graduate: Kamini Roy, 1886
  • Head of an undergraduate academic institution: Chandramukhi Basu, 1888
  • Honours graduate: Kamini Roy (1886)
  • Pilot a locomotive engine (train driver): Surekha Yadav
  • Chairperson of State Bank of India: Arundhati Bhattacharya
  • Court martialled: Anjali Gupta in 2005
  • Lawyer: Cornelia Sorabjee (1892), also the first female graduate from Bombay University, and the first woman in the world to read law at Oxford
  • Muskan Sethi, 2015 India's first female Professional Poker Player
  • Photojournalist: Homai Vyarawalla (1913)
  • Doctorate of Science: Asima Chatterjee (1944)
  • Chief Justice of a High Court (Himachal Pradesh): Leila Seth, 1991
  • Air Vice Marshal: Padmavathy Bandopadhyay
  • Supreme Court judge: Justice M. Fathima Beevi
  • High Court Judge: Anna Chandy
  • Woman President of the United Nations General Assembly: Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, 1953
  • Physician: Kadambini Ganguly, 1886
  • Airline Pilot: Durba Banerjee
  • Space: Kalpana Chawla aboard Space Shuttle Columbia flight STS-87, on 19 November 1997. She was a naturalized United States citizen, and represented the US during the event.
  • Nobel Prize winner: Mother Teresa of calcutta in 1979 (Albanian born Indian citizen)
  • To cross English Channel: Aarti Saha
  • Monarch of Delhi Sultanate: Razia Sultana (1205–1240) of Mamluk Sultanate (Delhi)
  • Minister in a government: Rajkumari Amrit Kaur in the Ministry of Health
  • Speaker of the Lok Sabha: Meira Kumar
  • Asha Pande, first Indian woman to be the member of Legion of Honour
  • Anjali Gopalan, first Tamil woman member of the royal French Legion of Honour.
  • Asian Games gold medal winner: Kamlijit Sandhu
  • Climb Mount Everest: Bachendri Pal, 1984
  • Chess Grandmaster: Koneru Humpy, 2002. She was also the youngest woman in the world to become a grandmaster, at 15 years old.
  • To win 1st round match in a Grand Slam event: Nirupama Vaidyanathan beat Italian Gloria Pizzichini in the first round of the 1998 Australian Open
  • To reach 4th round (highest as of 2008) of a Grand Slam event: Sania Mirza in the Singles category of the 2005 US Open.
  • Grand Slam junior title: Sania Mirza (partnering with Russian Alisa Kleybanova) in the doubles category of the 2003 Wimbledon Championships.
  • Paris Brest Paris Cycling Event: Divya Tate (44): August 2011
  • Pilot (Indian Air Force): Harita Kaur Deol
  • Pilot (aircraft): Sarla Thakral
  • To Cross Gobi Desert: Sucheta Kadethankar (33): 2011
  • Reach the final of an Olympic event: P. T. Usha
  • IAS officer:Isha Basant Joshi
  • Youngest Ultramarathoner to run a 100-mile race (Himalayas)-Priya Darshini
  • Magasasay Award: Mother Teresa
  • Bus driver at Delhi Transport Corporation: Sarita
  • Managing director of LIC of India : Usha Sangwan
  • First woman appointed as the United Nations Civil Police adviser: Kiran Bedi (2003)
  • First woman boxer (in world too) to win a medal in all six World championships: Mary Kom
  • First and the only Indian golfer to participate in Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympic Games (2014), Asian Games (2014) and Olympic Games (2016): Aditi Ashok

Last updated on: 29/10/2019

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