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In Indian Society, status of women is equal to goddess. Indian women are creating history and achieving new goals.

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.

Women Scientist in India

E K Janaki Ammal (1897-1984)

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.

B Vijayalakshmi (1952-1985)

Ph.D (1982, Madras). For her research she studied relativistic wave equations and their proportions.

She passed away on 12th May 1985 at the age of 33 due to cancer.

She had 11 papers to her credit in international journals

A Chatterjee (1917-2006)

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.

Anandibai Joshi (1865-1887)

Medicine (1885, Philadelphia), Anandibai Joshi, the first Hindu woman to obtain a medical degree in the Western hemisphere, was born Yamuna Joshi on March 31, 1865 in Poona, India.

She was the first lady to complete medical eduacation in the USA. She died in Poona at an early age of 22.

Iravati Karve (1905-1970)

Ph.D. (1930, Berlin). This renowned anthropologist was the Head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Deccan College.

Her writings include the highly acclaimed book ‘Yuganta’ which won the Sahitya Academy Award.

Anna Mani (1918-2001)

FASc, FNA, Ph.D. (submitted 1945, Madras).

The only woman scientist to work with C.V. Raman, is well known for her work in atmospheric physics and instrumentation.

Kamal Ranadive (1917-2001)

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).

List of First Women in India

S.No.Field Name of Female PersonalityYearBirth Place
1First & Last Muslim Woman Ruler of DelhiRazia Sultan1236 to 1240Delhi 
2First Indian Woman DoctorAnandi Gopal
1886Pune, British
3First Woman President of INCAnnie Besant1917London, UK
4First Indian Woman President of INCSarojini Naidu1925Hyderabad,
Andhra Pradesh
5First Indian Woman Airline PilotSarla Thakral1936New Delhi
6First Indian Woman to swim across English ChannelArati Saha1959Kolkata, West
7First Indian woman to get Arjuna AwardStephie D’Souza1963Goa
8First Indian Woman to become Miss WorldMiss Reita Faria1966British Bombay
(Now Mumbai)
9First Indian Woman to win Gold in Asian GamesKamaljeet Sandhu1970Punjab
10First Indian Woman to get Bharat RatnaIndira Gandhi1971Allahabad,
Uttar Pradesh
11First Indian Woman to get Jnanpith AwardAshapoorna Devi1976Culcutta (Now
Kolkata, West
12First Indian Woman to get Nobel PrizeMother Terasa1979West Germany
13First Indian Women to Win Oscar AwardBhanu Athaiya1983Kolhapur,
British India
14First Indian Woman to Climb Mt EverestBachendri Pal1984Uttrakashi
15First Woman to get Ashok ChakraNirja Bhanot1987Chandigarh,
16First Woman Judge of Supreme CourtMeera Sahib Fatima Bibi1989Pathanamthitta,
17First Indian Woman to become Miss UniverseSusmita Sen1994Hyderabad,
Andhra Pradesh
(Now Telangana)
18First Indian Woman to Booker PrizeArundhati Roy1997Shillong, Assam
19First Indian Woman to go to SpaceKalpana Chawla1997Karnal, Punjab
(Now Haryana)
20First Woman Musician to get Bharat RatnMS Subbalakshmi1998Madurai,
21First Indian Woman to Win Medal in OlymbicKarnam Malleswari2000Andhra Pradesh
22First Female Flying Officer in the Indian Air Force to be
Anjali Gupt2001Delhi
23First Indian Woman to Win WTA TitleSania Mirza2004Hyderabad,
Andhra Pradesh
24India’s First Woman Governor (Uttar Pradesh)Sarojini Naidu 1947 – 1949Hyderabad,
Andhra Pradesh
25First Indian Woman Ambassador at UNVijalakshmi Pandit1947 – 1949Allahabad,
Uttar Pradesh
26First Woman Union Minister (Minister of Health)Rajkumari Amrita Kaur1947 – 1957Lucknow, Uttar
27First Woman Chief Minister of State (Uttar Pradesh)Sucheta Kripalani1963 – 1967Ambala, Punjab
(Now in
28India’s First Woman Prime MinisterIndira Gandhi1966-1977Allahabad,
Uttar Pradesh
29The first woman AmbassadorC.B. Muthumma1970
30India’s First Woman IPS OfficerKiran Bedi1975Amritsar,
31First Woman to Receive Jnanpith AwardAshapurna Devi1976Kolkata
32First Indian Woman Who Reached AntarcticaMahel Musa1977
33First Woman Air Vice MarshalP. Bandopadhyaya1978Tirupati
34First Woman to Receive Ashoka ChakraNeerja Bhanot1987Chandigarh
35First Woman Chief Justice of a High CourtMrs. Leela Seth1991Lucknow
36First Indian Woman to Climb Mt Everest twiceSanthosh Yadhav1992, 1993Haryana
37First woman Pilot in Indian Air ForceHarita Kaur Deol1994Chandigarh
38The First Miss UniverseSushmita Sen1994Hyderabad
39First Woman Lieutenant GeneralPuneeta Arora2005Lahore, Pakistan
40First Woman chairperson of Indian AirlinesSushma Chawla2005Lahore, Pakistan
41First Woman Officer to Win a Sena Medal for GallantryMitali Madhumita2011
42India’s First Woman PresidentPratiba Patil2007 – 2012Maharashtra
43First Female Indian Metro PilotPriyanka N.2011Bengaluru
44First Indian Woman Mountaineer to Scale the Seven Continental PeaksPremlata Aggarwal2008-2013Darjeeling,
West Bengal
45First Twins Ever to Conquer Mount Everest TogetherTashi and Nancy Malik2013Haryana
46First transgender woman to be a police officer in India (Dharmapuri)K Prithika Yashini2017Dharmapuri,
47First Indian Women to Win a medal in Badminton at
2012 Olympic Games.
Saina Nehwal2012Hisar, Haryana
48First Indian Woman to Secure No. 1 position in World RankingsSaina Nehwal2015Hisar, Haryana
49First Indian Woman Who Become an Individual Member of International Olympic CommitteeNita Ambani2016Mumbai
50First medal (Silver) in Paralympics Games in Summer Para-olympics 2016Deepa Malik2016Sonepat
51First Indian Woman to be Elected as Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)Dr. Neeru Chadha2017Delhi
52First Female Combat Officer Commissioned by the Border Security Force (BSF)Tanushree Pareek2017Bikaner
53First Indian Woman to Win a Shooting Gold in the Asian GamesRahi Sarnobat2018Kolhapur
54First Indian Woman Win a Gold in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics ChampionshipsHima Das2018Dhing
55First female Amputee to Climb Mount Vinson, the Highest Peak of AntarcticaArunima Sinha2019Lucknow
56Youngest Indian Woman to win Ladies European Tour (LET)Diksha Dagar2019Jhajjar
57First Indian female golfer to win the Ladies European TourAditi Ashok2019Bengaluru
58First Female to Lead the Army’s Daredevils Motorcycle Display Team for the First TimeCaptain Shikha Surabhi2019Arrah, Bihar
59First Female to Lead the Indian Army’s Service Corps (ASC) ContingentLieutenant Bhavana Kasturi2019Hyderabad
60First female Officer to Lead a Contingent On the Army Day ParadeCaptain Divya Ajith2019Chennai
61First Women Cricketer Scored a Century In T20Harmanpreet Kaur2019Moga
62First Indian Woman Flight EngineerHina Jaiswal2019Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir,
63First Indian Woman to Receive Future of Nature Award for Marine ConservationDivya Karnad2019Nashik
64First Indian Woman to be Elected Royal Society FellowGagandeep Kang2019Shimla
65India’s First Woman Defence MinisterNirmala Sitharaman2019Madurai
66First Indian Woman to Cross the Atlantic Ocean Solo in a Light Sport AircraftArohi Pandit2019Gujarat
67First Female National Umpire to Officiate in the T20 ContestVrinda Rathi2019Uttar Pradesh
68First Ever Woman to be Appointed to the ICC International Panel of Match RefereesGS Lakshmi2019Rajahmundry
69India’s First Full-time Woman Finance MinisterNirmala Sitharaman2019Madurai