First in India Women
Posted November 5, 2009on:
First Woman President of India : Pratibha Patil
Delhi’s First Mayor: Aruna Asaf Ali (1958)
Delhi’s First woman chief secretary: Shailja Chandra
Fastest Asian to swim across the English Channel: Anita Sood
First all-women crew
to fly an air Force Chetak Helicopter: Flight Cadets Cheryl Dutta and Simran Sodhi of IAF (December, 1995).
First Asian woman magistrate appointed in United Kingdom: Kantha Talwar
First Asian woman mayor in United Kingdom: Lata Patel
First Indian woman President of Indian National Congress: Sarojini Naidu (1925)
First Indian woman producer and director: Fatima Begum, who produced and directed Bulbul-e-Parastan in 1926.
First Indian woman to become Miss Universe: Sushmita Sen (1994)
First Indian woman to become Miss World: Reita Faria (1966)
First Indian woman to climb Mt. Everest: Bachendri Pal
First Indian Woman to go in space: Kalpana Chawla
First woman to head any Wakf board in India : Bader Sayeed (TN Wakf Board)
First Indian woman to reach the final of an Olympic event: P.T.Usha
First Indian woman to win a medal in an Olympic event: Karnam Malleshwari (bronze medal, Sydney Olympics)
First Indian woman boxer to win an international event : M.C.Merykom
First Indian woman to swim across the English Channel: Arati Saha
First Miss Universe of the new millennium: Lara Dutta
First woman Ambassador from India: Vijay Lakshmi Pandit (to USSR from 1947-49)
First woman Central Minister: Rajkumari Amrit Kaur
First woman chief justice of a High Court: Leila Seth (CJ of Himachal Pradesh, 1991)
First woman Chief Minister of an Indian state: Sucheta Kriplani (Uttar Pradesh from 1963-1967)
First woman film star to be a member of Rajya Sabha: Nargis Dutt
First woman Governor of an Indian state: Sarojini Naidu (Uttar Pradesh from 1947-1948)
First woman Governor of Tamil Nadu: Justice M. Fatima Beevi (1997)
First woman IPS Officer of India: Kiran Bedi
First woman Judge of the Supreme Court: Justice M. Fatima Beevi (1989)
First woman judicial officer: Anna Chandy, who was appointed munsif in the Travancore state in 1937.
First woman Minister of an Indian state: Vijay Lakshmi Pandit (Uttar Pradesh)
First woman officer of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to be promoted to the rank of air commodore: 55-year old Padma Bandhopadhyay who was commissioned to the IAF in 1968.
First woman President of Indian National Congress: Annie Besant (1917)
First woman President of UN General Assembly: Vijay Lakshmi Pandit (1953-54)
First woman Prime Minister of India: Late Indira Gandhi (1966-1977 and 1980-1984).
First woman Speaker of an Indian state: Shano Devi
First woman Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly :Kavali Prathibha Bharati
First woman winner of the Bharat Ratna: Indira Gandhi (1971)
Grandma Madonna from India: Asha Bhonsle
India’s first commercial pilot: Durba Banerjee (1966, Indian Airlines)
India’s first Test-Tube Baby: Kruti Parekh
India’s first woman railway driver: Surekha Yadao
India’s first woman tabla maestro : Dr Aban Mistry
India’s officially recognized billionth citizen: Astha (She was born on May 11,2000 at New Delhi).
World’s first woman Airbus pilot: Durba Banerjee
Youngest Indian to swim across the English Channel: Arati Pradhan