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List of First Women in India

Published on Thursday, January 19, 2023

Female Personality Year Role
Avani Chaturvedi2023India’s first female pilot, to pilot Sukhoi Fighter Jet
Gita Gopinath2022First woman and second Indian to feature on the ‘wall of former chief economists’ of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Bhawana Kanth2021First Woman Pilot of the Indian Air Force to take part in R-Day parade.
Kiran Deoli Uniyal2021First Woman to make the most world records in Martial Arts in India.
Dipa Karmakar2016First Indian Woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics
Kavita Devi2019First Female Professional Wrestler of Indian Nationality to wrestle in WWE.
Mithali Raj2019First Woman to play in 200 ODI matches
 Nirmala Sitharaman 2019 India's First full-time Woman Finance Minister
 GS Lakshmi 2019 First ever woman to be appointed to the ICC International Panel of Match Referees
 Vrinda Rathi  2019 First female national umpire to officiate in the T20 contest.
 Arohi Pandit 2019 First Indian woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a light sport aircraft
 Nirmala Sitharaman 2019 India's First woman Defence Minister
 Gagandeep Kang 2019 First Indian woman to be elected Royal Society Fellow
 Hina Jaiswal 2019  First Indian Woman Flight Engineer.
 Divya Karnad 2019 First Indian woman to receive Future of Nature award for marine conservation.
 Harmanpreet Kaur 2019  First women cricketer scored a century in T20 
 Captain Divya Ajith 2019 First female officer to lead a contingent on the Army Day parade
 Lieutenant Bhavana Kasturi  2019 First female to lead the Indian Army's Service Corps (ASC) contingent, comprising 144 male personnel
Captain Shikha Surabhi 2019  First female to lead the Army's Daredevils Motorcycle Display team for the first time, comprising 33 men
Aditi Ashok 2019 First Indian female golfer to win the Ladies European Tour 
Diksha Dagar 2019Youngest Indian woman to win on the Ladies European Tour (LET).
Arunima Sinha 2019First female amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica.
Mary Kom 2002,2005,2006,2008
2010, 2012, 2014, 2018
5-time World Amateur Boxing Champion. she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics. She became the first Indian female boxer to win a gold medal in the Asian Games in 2014 at Incheon, South Korea and is the first Indian female boxer to win gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She became the first woman to win 6 World Championships.
Garima Arora2018First Indian Women Chef to win a Michelin Star
Hima Das 2018First Indian woman athlete to win a gold at the world level in the women’s 400m final race in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships 
Rahi Sarnobat 2018First Indian woman to win a shooting gold in the Asian Games 
Usha Kiran2017CRPF's First Woman Officer in Maoist-hit Bastar
Shanti Devi2016India’s First Female Truck Mechanic
Deepa Malik2016First Indian Woman to win a medal at the Paralympics.
Savitribai Phule 1848  Savitribai Phule became the first woman teacher in India.
Annie Besant 1917 First female president of the Indian National Congress.
Pandita Ramabai 1919 First Indian woman to be awarded the Kaiser-i-Hind Medal by the British Raj.
Sarojini Naidu 1925 First Indian born female president of the Indian National Congress.
Sarla Thakral 1936 the first Indian woman to fly an aircraft
Asima Chatterjee 1944 First Indian woman to be conferred the Doctorate of Science by an Indian university.
Amrit Kaur 1947 First female Cabinet minister of India in the country's first cabinet.
Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi 1887 the first Indian female physician
Shila Dawre 1988 country's first woman autorickshaw driver when she first stepped into the 'male-dominated' zone
Reita Faria Powel 1966 Reita Faria Powel is an Indian model, doctor and beauty queen, who won Miss World also the first Asian woman to win the title
Arati Saha 1959 the first Indian and Asian woman to swim across English Channel. She also became the first female sportsperson to be awarded Padma Shri in 1960.
Mother Teresa 1979 the first Indian woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize
Indira Gandhi 1966 the first woman Prime Minister of India and served from 1966 to 1977. In 1971, she became the first woman to receive the Bharat Ratna award.
Pratibha Patil 2007-2012 the first woman President of India and held office from July 2007 to July 2012.
Kalpana Chawla 1997 the first Indian woman who reached in space. As a mission specialist and a primary robotic arm operator, she went into space in 1997.
Kiran Bedi 1972 Kiran Bedi became the first woman officer in India. Moreover, later in 2003, Kiran Bedi also became the first woman who was appointed as the United Nations Civil Police adviser.
Anjali Gupt 2001 Anjali Gupta is the first female flying officer in the Indian Air Force to be court-martialled
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit 1953 the first woman (and first Indian) president of the United Nations General Assembly
Anna Chandy 1959 the first Indian woman judge of a High Court (Kerala High Court)
Sucheta Kriplani 1963 the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the first woman to hold that position in any Indian state
Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay 1966 Ramon Magsaysay award for community leadership
Kamaljit Sandhu 1970 the first Indian woman to win a Gold in the Asian Games
Bachendri Pal 1984 Bachendri Pal became the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest.
Surekha Yadav 1986 the first Asian woman loco-pilot or railway driver.
Justice M. Fathima Beevi 1989 the first woman judge of the Supreme Court of India
Priya Jhingan 1992 the first lady cadet to join the Indian Army (later commissioned on 6 March 1993
Meira Kumar 4 June 2009 the first female Speaker of Lok Sabha.
Priyanka N. 20 October 2011 drove the inaugural train of the Namma Metro becoming the first female Indian metro pilot.
Mitali Madhumita 2011 the first woman officer to win a Sena Medal for gallantry.
Tanushree Pareek 25 March 2017 the first female combat officer commissioned by the Border Security Force
Sania Mirza 2005 the first ever Indian woman to win the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) title in 2005.
Saina Nehwal  2012-2015 Saina Nehwal becamethe first Indian women to win a medal in Badminton at 2012 Olympic Games. Later in 2015, she became the first Indian woman to secure no. 1 position in world rankings.
Deepa Malik 2016 First medal and that’s Silver won by her in Paralympics games in Summer Paralympics 2016.
Sushmita Sen 1994 The First Miss Universe
Tashi and Nancy Malik 2013 First twins ever to conquer Mount Everest together
Dr. Neeru Chadha 2017 First Indian Woman to be Elected as Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)
Premlata Aggarwal 2008-2013 First Indian Woman Mountaineer to Scale the Seven Continental Peaks
Nita Ambani 2016 First Indian Woman Who Become an Individual Member of International Olympic Committee
Mahel Musa 1977 First Indian Woman Who Reached Antarctica
Ashapurna Devi 1976 First Woman to Receive jnanpith Award
Neerja Bhanot 1987 First Woman to Receive Ashoka Chakra
Razia Sultan 1236 to 1240 First & Last Muslim Woman Ruler of Delhi
Sushma Chawla 2005 First Woman chairperson of Indian Airlines
P. Bandopadhyaya 1978 First Woman Air Vice Marshal
Puneeta Arora 2005 First Woman Lieutenant General
Miss C.B. Muthumma 1970 The first woman Ambassador
Santosh Yadav 1993 First woman to climb Mount Everest twice
Mrs. Leela Seth 1991 First woman chief justice of a high Court
Harita Kaur Deol 1994 First woman Pilot in Indian Air Force
Roze Millian Bethew - First woman chairman of Union Public Service Commission
Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya - First woman Director General of Police (DGP)
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