International Women Day-Women Whose Accomplishments Have Made India Proud

The history of Indian women is full of innovators, who have broken gender walls and worked hard for their rights and made progress in the field of politics, arts, science, law etc. Do you know who was the first female pilot from India? Have you heard about brave women like Chand Bibi and Obavva? Or the first female freedom fighter? In modern India, women have held high offices including that of the President and Prime Minister. Not only did these women make an influence on India, but they are also some of the most influential women in history.

Let’s celebrate the many ‘first’ times that an Indian woman achieved something great. Find out more about these extraordinary women here. I have arranged the list alphabetically.

Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla

Chawla was the first Indian woman to go to space.

Asha Roy

ASHA

The daughter of a vegetable seller is currently the fastest Indian on the track, setting a record at the National Open Athletics Championship in Kolkata in 2011.

Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi

First and only female Prime Minister of India; first female recipient of the Bharat Ratna award.

Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar

Most-Awarded Indian singer; Bharat Ratna recipient; Legion of Honor recipient

Laxmibai: Rani of Jhansi

Laxmibai: Rani of Jhansi

Prominent personality in India’s first war of Independence (1857)

Mithali Raj

She was the first woman to score a double hundred in Test Cricket.

The list is endless. Let us know more in comment section. We’ll update the list.

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