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Indian Women Personalities

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Indian Women Personalities article presents the list of Indian Women Personalities who are prominently known for their achievements and for being the first females in their respective fields. Indian Women Personalities, is one of the important topics in the General Awareness section in many competitive exams such as IBPS, SSC, UPSC, RRB, RBI, SBI etc.


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The history of Indian women is full of pioneers, who have broken gender barriers and worked hard for their rights and made progress in the field of politics, arts, science, law etc.

Below table contains the list of Indian Women Personalities.

Name Achievement
Anjum Chopra First Indian woman to be honoured with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) life membership
Aarti Pradhan First Indian woman to cross Gibraltar Strait to swim.
Asima Chatterjee First woman to win ‘Shati Swaroop Bhatnagar’ Prize
Abda Bai Payrulakar First woman Circus player
Aditi Chauhan First Indian Women To Play English Football
Aditi Pant First Indian woman to visit Antarctica
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan First female celebrity wax statue in Europeon Museum
Amandeep Kaur First female Indian bouncer
Ambika Sharma First female owner of a Harley Davidson
Ami Ghiya-Kanwal Thakur Singh First woman to win bronze medal in Common Wealth Games for badminton.
Amrit Kaur First woman Union Minister
Amruta Patil First Female Graphic Novelist
Amrita Pritam First woman to win ‘Shahitya Academic Prize
Anandi Gopal Joshi First Indian woman to get a degree in Western medicine
Anjali Gupta First female flying officer in the Indian Air Force
Anna Chandi First female judge in India of district court in the year 1937
The First woman in India to become a high court judge in 1959
Anna Rajam George (Malhotra) First female Indian Administrative Service officer of India
Annie Besant First woman elected to the London School Board for Tower Hamlets, topping the poll even though few women were qualified to vote at that time.
Arati Saha First Indian and Asian woman to swim across English Channel
First Indian female sportsperson to be awarded Padma Shri in 1960.
Archana Bharat Kumar Patel First woman to win International Swimming Marathon.
Archana Ramasundaram First woman head paramilitary force
Aruna Asaf Ali First woman to win Lenin Peace Prize
Arundhati Bhattacharya First woman chair of State Bank of India (206 Year Old Bank)
Arundhati Roy First Indian woman to win the Booker Prize
Arunima Sinha First female amputee and First Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest.
Ashapurna Devi First woman to get Jnanpith Award
Ashwini Waskar First competitive female body builder
Asima Chatterjee First woman to be conferred a Doctorate of Science by an Indian University in 1944
Avasarala Kanyakumari First Indian Female who received the highest honour ‘Padma Shri’
Alisha Abdullah ndia’s first female national racing champion
Aruna Sethi First women head of Indian Cost Accounting Service
Archana Ramasundram First woman IPS officer to head paramilitary force
Aparna Kumar First woman IPS officer to scale Antarctica’s tallest peak
Bachendri Pal First Indian woman to climb the Mt. Everest
Badass Bangalorean First female Uber cab driver in India
Bhagyashree Thipsay First Indian women chess player holding the title of Woman International Master
Bhuwan Shree Gautam First woman Aircraft maintenance engineer in Indian airlines
C. B. Muthamma First woman to join the INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE in 1949
First Indian female Ambassador/ High Commissioner
Capt. Durwa Banerjee First Indian woman pilot in world to fly Airbus
Captain Saudamini Deshmukh First indian women commander in Boeing-737 airplane
First Indian woman to command the Airbus A320 in 1994.
Chitra Ramakrishna First woman Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of India’s leading stock exchange National Stock Exchange
CHOKILA IYER First female Foreign Secretary
Cornelia Sorabji First female advocate from India and the First woman to study law at Oxford
Deepa Malik First Indian woman athlete to bag a medal at the Paralympics
Deborah Herold First female cyclist from the country to reach the heights of fourth place in the UCI individual world ranking
Deepika Misra First female aerobatics pilot
Diana Edulagee First woman to get 100 wickets in International woman cricket.
Dicky Dolma First woman to climb on Mount Everest twice in the youngest age 19 in 1993.
Divya Ajith First Lady Cadet to be conferred by the Army with the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’.
DJ Megha Kawale First Indian female DJ is an ultimate international female DJ
Dr Padmavathy Bandopadhyay First woman Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force
Second woman in the Indian armed forces to be promoted to a three-star rank
Dr Sivaramakrishna Padmavati First & oldest woman heart specialist
Dr Swati Piramal First woman president of India’s apex chamber of commerce, ASSOCHAM
Dr. Aashima Chatarjee First woman Chairperson of Indian Science Congress
Dr. Amruta Patel First woman to win Norman Borlogue Prize (1992)
Dr. Kawal Sandhu First woman to live most days on Antarctica (472 days)
Dr. Prema Mukharjee First woman Surgeon
Dr. S. Muthulakshmi Reddy First woman legislator in India Muthulakshmi Reddy was appointed to the Madras Legislative Council in 1927.
Dr. Suniti Solomon First to detect and document the evidence of HIV infection in the country in 1986
Durga Banerjee First Indian female pilot of the Indian Airlines Captain in 1966. First woman ever to fly the Tornado A-200.
Durgabai Kamat First actress of Indian Cinema
Dr. Seema Rao India’s First Female Commando Trainer
Dipa Karmakar First woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics
Eggoni Pushpa Lalitha India first women bishop of Nandyal for a mainstream church in India
Fatima Begum First female film director of Indian cinema
Firoz Fatma First Female Crorepati at Kaun Banega Crorepati
G. M. Ram First woman Major General in Indian Army
G. V. Satyavati First woman Director general of Indian Medical Research Commission
Galeriya Beri First woman to get ‘Shourya Chakra’ (after death)
Gauhar Khan First female winner at The Miss India Pageant
Harita Deol First woman pilot to fly solo in the Indian Air Force. The flight was an Avro HS-748, when she was 22 years old.
Harsha First test tube baby
Harshini Kanhekar First female fire fighter
Heena Sidhu First Indian Pistol shooter to be Ranked World No.1 by ISSF
Hetal Dave First Indian female sumo wrestler
Homai Vyarawalla First Female Photojournalist of India
Illa Mazumdar First woman Graduate in Engineering
Indira Jeising First Female Additional Solicitor General of India
Indrani Mukerjea First female TV mogul
Indrani Rehman First Miss India
First dancer to go on a national tour by the Asia Society
Indu K.Mallah First Badaga woman to go abroad
Indushree First female ventriloquist (specialist in dummy act) in India
Isa Guha First female test expert on bbc radio
Ishita Malaviya India’s First Woman Surfer
Jayaprada Ramamurthy First Female Flute Artiste to Perform various types of Bamboo Flutes
Justice M. Fathima Beevi First female judge who was appointed to the Supreme Court of India
Kritika Purohit India’s First Blind Female Doctor
Kadambini Ganguly First female graduates from India and the entire British Empire
First South Asian female physician, trained in western medicine, to graduate in South Asia
Kalpana Chawla First Indian Origin woman to go into space
Kamaljeet Sandhu First Indian woman to win gold medal at 1970 Asian games in 400 metre race
Kamla Swaminathan First woman editor of First woman’s magazine (Indian Ladies magazine, 1901)
Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya First female IPS officer to become the Director General of Police
Kaushalya Narayan First woman commissioner of custom and central excise
Kiran Bedi First Indian woman IPS officer
First woman to get the Raman magsaysay prize for public service
Kirthiga Reddy First woman Facebook’s employee in India as Managing Director
Kornoliya Sorabaji First woman Barrister in India of Allahabad High Court
Karnam Malleswari India’s First Female Bronze Medalist Sydney 2000 Olympics
Kangana Ranaut India’s First Female Superhero
Lakshmi Sahgal First female commanding officer of Netaji Subhas Bose’s Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army)
First female commanding officer of Netaji Subhas Bose’s Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army)
LEELA K. PONAPPA First female Deputy National Security Adviser
Lt. Kiran Shekhawat First woman officer to die in line of duty
M C Mary Kom First woman boxer to win gold medal at the Olympics and First woman World Boxing Champion for five times
M.S. Subbulakshmi First woman Musician to get ‘Bharat Ratna’
First woman to perform in United Nations Organization
Malini Parthasarathy First female editor on The Hindu newspaper
Mamata Banerjee First Indian Woman Minister of Indian Railways
Mary Dsouza First Female Olympian and Double International
Meenakshi Sharma First woman metro train driver
Meera Borwankar First woman to head the Mumbai’s Crime Branch Department
Meera Sahib Fatima Bibi First woman became permanent Judge of the High Court
Mehar Musa First woman to reach Antarctica
Meira Kumar First female speaker of India s parliament
Merry Lila Ro First woman to participate in Olympic Games
Miss Reita Faria First Indian woman to become ‘Miss World’
Mitali Madhumita First female officer to receive the Sena Medal for gallantry
Mithali Raj First female cricketer to win Wisden India Cricketers of the Year recognition
Monisha Kaltenborn First woman Team Principal in Formula One
Mother Teresa First Indian woman to get the Nobel Prize
Mrs. Sundari First woman professor (Avinashilingam Home Science College,CBE)
Muthulakshmi Reddi First woman legislator in India Muthulakshmi Reddy was appointed to the Madras Legislative Council in 1927.
Manju First Female Railway Coolie at Jaipur
N. Lamsaden First woman awarded by ‘Arjuna Prize’ for Hockey game
Naina Lal Kidwai First Indian woman to graduate from the Harvard Business School
Neerja Bhanot First Woman to receive Ashoka Chakra
Neeta Ghosh First woman Paratrooper in Indian Air force
NIRUPAMA RAO First woman Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs
Nungshi and Tashi First youngest Indians to enter the coveted ‘the seven summit club’
P.V. Sindhu First Indian woman to win an Olympic Silver Medal in Badminton
P.K. Tresiya Ganguly First woman Chief Engineer
Panchmarthi Anuradha First woman mayor
Pooja Keni First female monorail driver
Pratibha Patil First woman president of India
Pratima Puri First woman News reader on ‘Door Darsan’
Preeti Sen Gupta First woman to reach north pole
Prem Mathur First woman commercial pilot
Premlata Agrawal First Indian woman mountaineer to complete the Seven Summits
Priya Desai First Indian-American Priya Desai Serves as a Trailblazer for Female Sports Broadcasters
Priya Jhingan First Indian woman to join the Indian Army
Puja Thakur First officer to lead the Inter-Service Guard of Honour
Radhabai Subairan First woman M.P. in central legislative (1938)
Raja Rajeswari First Indian woman to be appointed a judge in the New York City
Razia Sultan First woman ruler of Delhi in India
Reena Kaushal Dharmshaktu First woman to ski to South Pole
Regina Guhaa First woman Advocate
Rita Singh First women figure champ
Rose Million Bethews First woman chairperson of the U.P.S.C.
Ruchira Kamboj First woman in the Indian Foreign Service to hold Chief of Protocol to the Government of India
Rupshikha First woman to head oil firm in India
Radhika Menon First Female Captain on Indian Navy
Rajkumari Dubey First Female Playback Singer of Indian Cinema
Saarah Hameed First Female Muslim Pilot in India
Saina Nehwal First Indian to win a Bronze medal in Badminton at the Olympics.
Samata Kumari First Indian Female Train Loco pilot
Sania Mirza First Indian woman to win WTA Title
Santosh Yadav First Indian Woman to Climb the ‘Mt. Everest’ twice
Sapper Shanti Tigga First woman jawan in Indian Army
Saraswati Devi The First Ever Female composor of India
Sarla Thakral First Indian woman to fly an aircraft
Sarojini Naidu First woman minister of Independent India and First Indian woman president of Indian National Congress
Savitribai Phule First female teachers for girls in India
Selvi Gowda First female taxi driver
Shail Mishra First woman loco pilot of Delhi Metro Train
Shanta Kumar First woman Bank Manager (Syndicate bank, Bangalore)
Sherlyn Chopra First Indian woman to pose naked for Playboy magazine
Shirine Khusaro Kiyash First and only woman to participate in three games (Cricket, Hockey and Basketball)
Shraddha Sharma First female blogger to feature on the list of top 10 professional bloggers in India
Sita varathambal and bhragathambal (sisters) First woman Finger print specialist
Smt. Devika Rani First Actress in Indian cinema
Smt. Indira Gandhi First woman chairperson of planning commission and First Indian woman to get Bharat Ratna
Smt. Jayanti Patnayak First woman Chairperson of National Woman Commission
Smt. Shanno Devi First woman Deputy Chairperson of legislative assembly
Sourabhee Debbarma First female winner of popular music reality show Indian Idol
Squadron Leader Urmila Bheeman First Woman commissioned Officer in IAF
Sucheta Kriplani First woman to cross Gobi desert
Suman Sharma First Woman Fighter Pilot of India!, First civilian woman to fly the F-16IN Super-Viper, First woman in the world to fly the MiG-35
Sumita Laha First woman to make world record in Power lifting
Sunil Dabas First woman kabaddi coach to win Dronacharya Award
Sunita Sharma First woman cricket coach
Surekha Shankar Yadav First female train driver for the Indian Railways in India and in Asia also
Sushmita Sen First Indian woman to become ‘Miss Universe’
Sumita Bose First woman and the first author to write a book on Autism in India
Sister Alphonsa First native Indian saint by the Catholic Church
Sridevi First Female SuperStar of India Cinema
Sajida Khan First Female Music Technician in India
Shabnam Ara Begum India’s first woman qazi
Taniya Sachdev First girl to win 5 silver medals in pre junior Chess competition, London
Tara Cherian First woman mayor of Madras city. The Government of India awarded her the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan in 1967.
Tarajani Vakeel First woman Chairperson of Import-Export Bank
Toaru Dutt First woman English writer in India
Ujjavala Patil First woman to complete the round of world by a boat in 1988.
Usha Raghunathan First Female Pilot from South India
Uma Devi Khatri (Tun Tun) Bollywood First Female comedienne
V. S. Ramadevi First woman Secretary General of ‘Rajya Sabha’
Vadhumukhi Bose, Virginiya Mitter First woman M.M.B.S. (1889, Kolkata Medical Collage)
Vankadarath Saritha First Woman DTC Driver
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit First Indian President of the United Nations General Assembly in 1953 and Ambassador at United Nations in 1947
Vimla Devi First woman to get Military Medal
Violet Alva First woman Deputy Chairperson of ‘Rajya Sabha’
Yolanda De Souza First woman to make Hat trick in International Football
Zubeida Begum Dhanrajgir First Indian film actress acted in the First Indian talkie movie Alam Ara