First woman in India

Indian women have shown their competence and caliber in all sorts of field. Here is a list of First woman in India which presents details of first woman achievers from the respective field.


First woman in India : Science and Technology

  • First Indian woman to go in space – Kalpana Chawla
  • First Indian woman Airline Pilot – Durga Banerjee

First woman in India  – Government and Administration 

  • First woman  President – Pratibha Patil
  • First woman President of Indian National Congress – Sarojini Naidu (1925)
  • First woman to become Prime Minister – Indira Gandhi
  • First woman  to become Governor – Sarojini Naidu
  • First Indian woman Ambassador at United Nations – Vijayalakshmi Pandit
  • India’s first woman ruler (Delhi throne) – Razia Sultan
  • First Woman to become IPS officer – Kiran Bedi
  • First woman to become IAS officer – Anna Gorge
  • First woman in India to be a Chief Minister of a state – Sucheta Kriplani
  • First woman Union Minister – Rajkumari Amrita Kaur
  • First woman President of Indian National Congress – Annie Besant
  • First woman Judge of Supreme Court – Meera Sahib Fatima Bibi
  • First woman chairperson of UPSC – Mrs Rose M Bathew

First woman in India – Prestigious Awards

First Woman in India

M S Subbalakshmi

  • First woman musician in India  to get Bharat Ratna – M S Subbalakshmi
  • First Indian woman to get Ashoka Chakra – Nirja Bhanot
  • First Indian woman to win the Booker Prize – Arundhati Roy
  • First Indian woman to win Raman Magsaysay Award – Kiran Bedi
  • First woman to get Noble Prize – Mother Teressa (1979)
  • First woman  to get Bharat Ratna Award – Indira Gandhi
  • First woman to get Jnanpeeth Award – Ashapurna Devi
  • First woman to receive Dadasaheb Phalke Award – Devika Rani in 1969
  • First Indian woman to receive Oscar Award – Bhanu Athaiya for film Gandhi in 1983
  • First woman Sahitya Academy Award winner – Amrita Pritam in 1956
  • First woman to win Arjuna Award – Stephie D’Souza
  • First woman to win Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award – Karnam Malleswari
  • First Woman to win Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award – Aashima Chaterjee

First Woman in India : Beauty Contests

First woman in india

Reita Faria

  • First woman in India to get Miss World title – Reita Faria in year 1966
  • First Miss Asia Pacific of India – Zeenat Aman in year 1970
  • First Miss Universe of India – Sushmita Sen in year 1994
  • First Miss India Intercontinental – Lara Dutta in 1997
  • First Mrs. World of India – Aditi Govitrikar in 2001
  • First Miss University World – Priyadarshini Pradhan in 1989
  • First Miss Tourism – Priyanka Shah in 2007
  • First Miss Earth – Nicole Faria in 2010
  • First Miss Asia Pacific World – Himangini Singh Yadu in year 2012


First Woman in India – Sports and Adventure

First Woman in India

Sania Mirza

  • First Indian woman to win WTA title – Sania Mirza
  • First woman in to climb Mount Everest – Bachendri Pal
  • First woman in India to swim across English Channel – Arati Saha
  • First woman in India to win a gold in Asian Games – Kamaljeet Sandhu
  • First woman in India to climb Mount Everest twice – Santosh Yadav
  • First and youngest Woman Grandmaster of India – Koneru Humpy
  • First woman to win Gold in World Cup Shooting – Heena Sidhu in 2013
  • First woman to win a medal at Olympics – Karnam Malleswari, won bronze in weight lifting in Sydney Olympics in year 2000.
  • First woman to win medal in Boxing at Olympics  – Mary Kom, won bronze in London Olympics in 2012
  • First woman to win 5 times World Boxing Championship – Mary Kom
  • First woman to win medal in Badminton at Olympics – Saina Nehwal, won Bronze in London olympics 2012
  • First woman to win individual Silver medal at Olympics – P V Sindhu, in Badminton, Rio Olympics 2016
  • First woman cricketer to score century in Test Match – Shanta Rangaswamy

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