50+ List of ‘First Women’ in India in Different Professions

We have made a list of the first Indian women in a variety of disciplines to honor and appreciate the strength of these outstanding ladies.

A list of India’s first women in every area will inspire and enable many more women to chase their dreams and succeed in the future.

First woman in India – List PDF

#Various FieldFirst WomanYear
1First (woman) Bharat Ratna Awardee of IndiaIndira Gandhi1966
2First Indian-origin woman astronautKalpana Chawla2003
3The first woman who joined the Indian Army.Priya Jhingan1992
4First Indian lady to win Miss Asia Pacific InternationalZeenat Aman1970
5First Miss Intercontinental of IndiaLara Dutta1997
6First woman Booker Prize Winner of IndiaArundhati Roy1997
7First woman Chief Information CommissionerDeepak Sadhu2013
8First woman President of the General Assembly of the United NationsVijayalakshmi Pandit1953
9First Women AdvocateCornelia Sorabji1892
10First woman president of National CongressAnnie Besant1917
11First woman Chief Justice of High CourtLeela Sheth1930
12First Strait of Gibraltar winning swimmer Aarti Pradhan1988
13First Indian Miss Earth Title winnerNicole Faria2010
14First woman Ashoka Chakra Award recipient Neerja Bhanot1952
15First Indian woman to reach AntarcticaMahel Musa1977
16Twice conquers Mount EverestSantosh Yadav1992
1992
17First woman Jnanpith award winnerAshapurna Devi1976
18First woman Airline pilot (commercial) in IndiaDurba Banerjee1988
19First lady Musician Bharat Ratna winner MS Subhalakshmi1998
20First woman Prime Minister of IndiaIndira Gandhi1966
21First woman Chief Minister of IndiaSucheta Kripalani1963
22First woman Health Minister of IndiaRajkumari Bibiji Amrit Kaur1947
23First woman who became the President of IndiaPratibha Patil2007
24First woman who became Speaker of a State Assembly in India.Shanno Dev1966
25First Indian woman who become English Channel-winning swimmerAarti Saha1959
26First Indian woman who become Everest winner Bachendri Pal1984
27First woman IAS OfficerAnna George Malhotra1951
28First woman I. P. S OfficerKiran Bedi1972
29First woman who become High Court Justice Anna Chandy1937
30First woman who became Supreme Court Justice M. Fatima Beevi1989
31First woman to win a gold medal in the Indian ArmyAnjana Bhaduri1992
32First Miss Universe of IndiaSushmita Sen1994
33First Miss World of IndiaRita Faria1966
34First woman Nobel Prize Winner of IndiaMother Teresa1913
35First Indian Lady to Win Miss Asia Pacific WorldHimangini Singh Yadu2012
36First Lady Scientist of IndiaAsima Chatterjee1944
37First Woman to Rule IndiaRazia Sultan1236
38First Woman Governor in IndiaSarojini Naidu1947
39First Woman Air-MarshalPadma Bandopadhyay1968
40First Lady Speaker of Lok SabhaMeira Kumar1968 
41First Woman Defence MinisterIndira Gandhi1975
42First Indian Woman to Win a Medal in Badminton at OlympicsSaina Nehwal2012
43First Lady Chief Election CommissionerV. S. Ramadevi1990
44First Tribal woman become the president of IndiaSmt. Draupadi Murmu2022
45Minister of External Affairs of IndiaSushma Swaraj2014
46First female Dalit Chief Minister in IndiaMayawati1995
47First Indian woman to fly an aircraftSarla Thukral1936
48First woman Director General of PoliceKanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya2004
49First female Judge in IndiaAnna Chandy1959
50First Indian woman engineerA Lalitha1943
51First Indian woman to earn a PhDKamala Sohoni1936
52First Indian woman to win an Olympic medalKarnam Malleswari2000

NOTE: There is a contradiction between Annie Besant and Sarojini Naidu, the First Indian Woman President of the Indian National Congress (INC),

The First Woman in India

The first Indian woman to get the Bharat Ratna award: Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi was a prominent member of the Indian National Congress and a great politician from India. She was the country’s first and only female prime minister when she was chosen to serve as India’s third prime minister. Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, was the father of Gandhi. She received the Bharat Ratna in 1971 and was India’s first female prime minister. In 1959, she was chosen to lead the Congress party. She was selected to lead India as prime minister in 1966.

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Ashapurna Devi – The First woman Jnanpith award winner

Ashapurna Devi

A well-known Bengali poet and novelist from India was named Ashapurna Debi. She received the Jnanpith Award and the Padma Shri from the Indian government in 1976, as well as a D.Litt. from the universities of Jabalpur, Rabindra Bharati, and Burdwan.

Prativa Patel: First woman who became the President of India

prativa patel

Pratibha Patil, born on December 19, 1934[1], is India’s 12th president. She holds this position for the first time as a woman and a Maharashtrian. Before becoming the deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Patil, a professional lawyer, served as a representative for the Edlabad constituency in the Jalgaon district in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly (1962–1985). She served in the Lok Sabha as a member for Amravati.

The First Miss World of India: Reita Faria

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An Indian physician and former model named Reita Faria Powell won the Miss World title in 1966. Faria, the first Asian woman to win the competition, was born in Bombay. She is also the first Miss World winner who has a medical degree.

Kamala Sohonie: The First Indian woman to earn a PhD

Kamala Sohonie

The first Indian woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in a scientific field was the biochemist Kamala Sohonie in 1939[2]. For the first time in the institution’s history, she was admitted to and began working at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. Following “family tradition,” Kamala earned a BSc from Bombay University in 1933 with a major in chemistry and a subsidiary in physics.

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[1] wikipedia.org/
[2] en.wikipedia.org

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