All About India

Achivement of Indian Womens

Posted on: December 19, 2009

  • 1879:John Elliot Drinkwater Bethune established the Bethune School in 1849, which developed into the Bethune College in 1879, thus becoming the first women’s college in India.
  • 1883: Chandramukhi Basu and Kadambini Ganguly became the first female graduates of India and the British Empire.
  • 1886: Kadambini Ganguly and Anandi Gopal Joshi became the first women from India to be trained in Western medicine.
  • 1905: Suzanne RD Tata becomes the first Indian woman to drive a car.[25]
  • 1916: The first women’s university, SNDT Women’s University, was founded on June 2, 1916 by the social reformer Dhondo Keshav Karve with just five students.
  • 1917: Annie Besant became the first female president of the Indian National Congress.
  • 1919: For her distinguished social service, Pandita Ramabai became the first Indian woman to be awarded the Kaiser-i-Hind by the British Raj.
  • 1925: Sarojini Naidu became the first Indian born female president of the Indian National Congress
  • 1927: The All India Women’s Conference was founded.
  • 1944: Asima Chatterjee became the first Indian woman to be conferred the Doctorate of Science by an Indian university
  • 1947: On August 15, 1947, following independence, Sarojini Naidu became the governor of the United Provinces, and in the process became India’s first woman governor.
  • 1951: Prem Mathur becomes the first Indian women commercial pilot of the Deccan Airways
  • 1953: Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit became the first woman (and first Indian) president of the United Nations General Assembly
  • 1959: Anna Chandy becomes the first Indian woman judge of a High Court (Kerala High Court)[26]
  • 1963:Sucheta Kriplani became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, the first woman to hold that position in any Indian state.
  • 1966: Captain Durga Banerjee becomes the first Indian woman pilot of the state airline, Indian Airlines.
  • 1966: Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay wins Ramon Magsaysay award for community leadership.
  • 1966: Indira Gandhi becomes the first woman Prime Minister of India
  • 1970: Kamaljit Sandhu becomes the first Indian woman to win a Gold in the Asian Games
  • 1972: Kiran Bedi becomes the first female recruit to join the Indian Police Service.[27]
  • 1979: Mother Teresa wins the Nobel Peace Prize, becoming the first Indian female citizen to do so.
  • 1984: On May 23, Bachendri Pal became the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest.
  • 1989: Justice M. Fathima Beevi becomes the first woman judge of the Supreme Court of India.[28]
  • 1997: Kalpana Chawla becomes the first India-born woman to go into space.[29]
  • 1992: Priya Jhingan becomes the first lady cadet to join the Indian Army (later commissioned on March 6, 1993)[30]
  • 1994: Harita Kaur Deol becomes the first Indian woman pilot in the Indian Air Force (IAF), on a solo flight.
  • 2000: Karnam Malleswari became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal (bronze medal in the 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney)
  • 2002: Lakshmi Sahgal became the first Indian woman to run for the post of President of India.
  • 2004: Punita Arora became the first woman in the Indian Army to don the highest rank of Lieutenant General.
  • 2007: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak became the first Indian woman to be appointed as University Professor at an Ivy League university (Columbia University).
  • 2007: Pratibha Patil becomes the first woman President of India.
  • 2008: Renu Khator became the first India born woman to lead a major American university, the University of Houston.
  • 2009: Meira Kumar became the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha, the lower house in Indian Parliament
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