She’s The First. In India many women have led the charge and become pioneers. From the first female Prime Minister to the first woman president of the Indian National Congress. We take a look at some of the prominent ones.

The first female Prime Minister of India – Smt Indira Gandhi.

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The first Indian woman to be awarded the Bharat Ratna – Smt Indira Gandhi.

The first lady Governor of an Indian state was Smt Sarojini Naidu.

The first lady Chief Minister of State was Smt Sucheta Kripalani.

The first lady Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti.

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The first lady Central minister of the country was Smt Rajkumari Amrit Kaur.

The first woman president of the Indian National Congress was Annie Besant.

The first woman to become the Chief Election Commissioner was Mrs Rama Devi.

The first woman to be appointed Chief Justice of a state High Court was Justice Leila Seth.

The first woman to be appointed judge of the Supreme Court was Justice M Fatima Beevi.

The first woman to be appointed the Speaker of Lok Sabha is Mrs Meira Kumar.

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The first woman president of UN General Assembly – Mrs Vijayalaxmi Pandit.

The first Indian woman to swim the English Channel was Aarti Saha.

The first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal was Karnam Malleswari.

The first Indian woman to win an Asiad medal – Kamaljit Sandhu.

The first Indian woman to climb Mt Everest – Bachendri Pal.

The first woman President of India and held office from July 2007 to July 2012: Pratibha Patil