India’s first female- full list (Updated) 

In this article, we are providing you the list of India’s first female who carved their name in history. This is a part of static GK, which is a very important part of general knowledge, which is asked in many important exams such as SSC, railway, UPSC, defence and all state-level exams. 

List of India’s first women 

  First Women Name Year 
1.  First Woman President of Indian National Congress Annie Besant 1917 
2. First female judicial officer Anna Chandy 1937 
3. The first woman to win a gold medal in the Asian Games Kamaljeet Sandhu 1970 
4. The first Indian woman to win an Oscar award Bhanu Athaiya 1983 
5. First Indian woman to receive the Arjuna Award Steffi D’Souza 1963 
6. First Indian Woman Airline Pilot Sarala Thakral 1936  
7. The first woman mayor of a city in the country Tara Cherian 1957 
8. First Indian woman to become Miss World Rita Faria 1966  
9. First actress to receive international award Nargis Dutt 1958 
10. The first woman to exhibit her art in the United Nations MS. Subbulakshmi 1966 
11. Nobel Laureate First Lady Mother Teresa 1979 
12. First lady awarded with Lenin Peace Prize Devika Rani 1969 
13. The first woman to be awarded the Bharatratna Indira Gandhi 1971 
14. First Indian woman to climb Mount Everest Bachendri Pal, 1984 
15. First lady judge of Supreme Court Justice Meera Sahib Fatima Bibi 1989 
16. First woman to get Ashoka Chakra Neerja Bhanot 1987 
17. First Lady Chief Justice of High Court Justice Leela Seth (Himachal Pradesh High Court) 1991 
18. First female governor Sarojini Naidu (Uttar Pradesh) 1947-1949 
19. The first Indian female ambassador to the UN Vijalakshmi Pandit 1947-1949 
20. First Woman Chief Minister of State Sucheta Kripalani (Uttar Pradesh) 1963-1967 
21. First female Prime Minister Indira Gandhi 1966-1977 
22. First female President Pratibha Patil 2007-2012 
23. First female actress to become the Chief Minister of any state of the country Janaki Ramachandran (Tamil Nadu), 1987 
24. First female IPS officer Kiran Bedi 1975 
25. First Woman Union Minister Rajkumari Amrita Kaur (Health Minister) 1947-1957 
26. FIrst Indian woman to win Olympic medals Karnam Malleshwari 2000  
27. First Indian woman to win Booker Prize Arundhati Roy, 1997 
28. First female composer to receive Bharat Ratna MS Subbalakshmi 1998 
29. First Indian woman to become Miss Universe Susmita Sen 1994 
30 First Indian woman to climb Mount Everest twice Santosh Yadav 1992 
31 First Indian woman to win WTA title Sania Mirza 2004 
32. First transgender woman police officer Pritika Yashini (Dharmapuri) 2017 
33. First woman legislator of the state legislature Dr. S. Muttulakshmi Reddy (Madras Legislative Council) 1926 
34. First Indian woman to swim in the 12 English Channel Aarti Saha 1959 
35. First woman to receive the Jnanpith Award Ashapurna Devi 1976 
36. First woman to receive Sahitya Akademi honor Amrita Pritam 1956  
37. First Indian woman president of the Indian National Congress Sarojini Naidu 1925 
38. First woman barrister Cornolia Sorabji (Allahabad High Court) 1923 
39. First Indian female doctor Anandibai Joshi 1886 
40. First female ruler Razia Sultan 1236 

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