List of First Women in India

Female Personality Year Role
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
Arunima Sinha 2013 the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest. She is also the first Indian amputee to climb the Everest.
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.
Mary Kom 2002,2005,2006,2008
5-time World Amateur Boxing Champion. she is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics
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

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