Lists Of First Women in India

Lists Of First Women in India

Female Personalities one who revolutionaries ideas shaped the Indian Society by contributing something new which was ever contributed by any Indians. The list is composed of all those human explorations and adventures, expeditions, discoveries and inventions which were made first time in the history of India.

The Women Scientists of India

  • D.Sc. (1931, Michigan), Founder Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences. Winner of Padmashri Award. Was a renowned botanist and plant cytologist who made significant contributions to genetics, evolution, phytogeography and ethnobotany.
  • First woman D.Sc. (1944, Calcutta), FASc, FNA, Khaira Professor of Chemistry, Calcutta University. Recipient of the Padma Bhushan. The numerous awards she won include S S Bhatnagar award, C V Raman award of the UGC, P C Ray award, Sisir K Mitra Lectureship and Dr G P Chatterjee Lectureship. First lady president of the Indian Science Congress, member of Rajya Sabha. Her area of interest was natural products with special reference to the medicinal chemistry.
  • Ph.D. (1930, Berlin). This renowned anthropologist was the Head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Deccan College. She presided over the Anthropology division of the National Science Congress in 1947. She wrote extensively on a wide variety of academic subjects and otherwise. Her writings include the highly acclaimed book ‘Yuganta’ which won the Sahitya Academy Award.

    Ph.D. (1949, Bombay), FNA. This recipient of the Padmabhushan established the first tissue culture laboratory in India at the Indian Cancer Research Centre (presently Cancer Research Institute). She got Watumal Foundation Award for her work in the field of leprosy. She founded the Indian Women Scientist Association (IWSA).


S.No Field Name of the Person Year Birth Place
1 First Indian Woman Doctor Anandi Gopal Joshi 1886 Pune, British India
2 First Woman President of INC Annie Besant 1917 London, UK
3 First Indian Woman President of INC Sarojini Naidu 1925 Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (Now Telangana)
4 First Indian Woman Airline Pilot Sarla Thakral 1936 New Delhi
5 First Indian Woman to swim across English Channel Arati Saha 1959 Kolkata, West Bengal
6 First Indian woman to get Arjuna Award Stephie D’Souza 1963 Goa
7 First Indian Woman to become Miss World Miss Reita Faria 1966 British Bombay (Now Mumbai)
8 First Indian Woman to win Gold in Asian
Kamaljeet Sandhu 1970 Punjab
9 First Indian Woman to get Bharat Ratna Indira Gandhi 1971 Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
10 First Indian Woman to get Jnanpith Award Ashapoorna Devi 1976 Culcutta (Now Kolkata, West Bengal)
11 First Indian Woman to get Nobel Prize Mother Terasa 1979 West Germany (Now Macedonia)
12 First Indian Women to win Oscar Award Bhanu Athaiya 1983 Kolhapur, British India (Now Maharashtra)
13 First Indian Woman to climb Mt Everest Bachendri Pal 1984 Uttrakashi (Now Uttarakand)
14 First Woman to get Ashok Chakra Nirja Bhanot 1987 Chandigarh, Punjab
15 First Woman Judge of Supreme Court Meera Sahib Fatima Bibi 1989 Pathanamthitta, Kerala
16 First Indian Woman to become Miss Universe Susmita Sen 1994 Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (Now Telangana)
17 First Indian Woman to Booker Prize Arundhati Roy 1997 Shillong, Assam (Present Meghalaya)
18 First Indian Woman to go to space Kalpana Chawla 1997 Karnal, Punjab (Now Haryana)
19 First Woman Musician to get Bharat Ratna MS Subbalakshmi 1998 Madurai, Tamilnadu
20 First Indian Woman to win Medal in Olymbic Karnam Malleswari 2000 Andhra Pradesh
21 First Indian Woman to win WTA Title Sania Mirza 2004 Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (Now Telangana)
22 India’s First Woman Governor (Uttar Pradesh) Sarojini Naidu 1947 – 1949 Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (Now Telangana)
23 First Indian Woman Ambassador at UN Vijalakshmi Pandit 1947 – 1949 Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
24 First Woman Union Minister (Minister of Health) Rajkumari Amrita Kaur 1947 – 1957 Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
25 First Woman Chief Minister of State (Uttar Pradesh) Sucheta Kripalani 1963 – 1967 Ambala, Punjab (Now in Haryana)
26 India’s First Woman Prime Minister Indira Gandhi 1966-1977 Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
27 India’s First Woman IPS Officer Kiran Bedi 1975 (In Delhi) Amritsar, Punjab.
28 First Indian Woman to climb Mt Everest twice Santhosh Yadhav 1992, 1993 Haryana
29 India’s First Woman President Pratiba Patil 2007 – 2012 Maharashtra
30 First transgender woman to be a police officer in India (Dharmapuri) K Prithika Yashini 2017 (Dharmapuri) Tamilnadu