The 40 First Women's of India

1. First Women to hold a Union Cabinet post (1937)  → Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

2. First Women governor of Independent India  Sarojini Naidu

3. First Women Prime Minister of India  Indira Gandhi

4. First Women IPS Officer of India (1972)  Kiran Bedi

5. First Women to to win Nobel Peace Prize (1979)  Mother Teresa

6. First India Women to climb Mount Everest (1984)  Bachendri Pal

7. First India Women to win Booker Prize (1997)  Arundhati Roy

8. First Women President (2007)  Pratibha Patil

9. First Women Speaker of Lok Sabha (2009)   Meira Kumar

10. First India Women to become "Miss World"(1966)  Reita Faria

11. First India Women to become "Miss Universe"(1994)  Susmita Sen

12. First Women judge in Supreme Court (1989)  Mrs. Meera Sahib Fathima Beevi

13. First Women Ambassador (1970)   Miss C.B. Muthamma

14. First Women to climb Mount Everest twice  Santosh Yadav

15. First Women President of the India National Congress(1917)  Mrs. Annie Besant

16. First Women Chief Minister of an India State(1963)  Mrs. Sucheta Kriplani

17. First Women Director General of Police (DGP)  Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya

18. First Women Lieutenant General  Punita Arora

19. First Women Air Vice Marshal  Padmavathy Bandopadhyay

20. First and Last Muslim Women ruler of Delhi  Razia Sultan

21. First Women to receive Ashoka Chakra  Neerja Bhanot

22. First Women to Cross English Channel  Arati Saha

23. First Women to receive Bharat Ratan  Indira Gandhi

24. First Women to receive Gyanpith Award  Ashapoorna Devi

25. First Women Headmistress in School  Savitribai Phule

26. First India Women in space (NASA Astronaut)  Kalpana Chawla

27. First Women ranked world No.1 in women's doubles Tennis and Women to win in a Wimbledon tournament  Sania Mirza

28. India's first Women Photojournalist  Homai Vyarawalla

29. First India to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics  Saina Nehwal

30. Women to win the Miss Great Britain Title (2007)  Preeti Desai

31. Women Airline Pilot (1956)  Durga Banerjee

32. Women Chairman and Managing Director of NABARD  Mrs. Ranjana Kumar

33. Women Cricketer to score a double century  Mithali Raj 

34. Women to win a Gold Medal in Asian Games  Kamaljeet Sandhu

35. Women to cross seven important seas by swimming  Bula Choudhury

36. Women Chief of a High Court in India  Smt. Leila Seth

37. The first weightlifter to win bronze medal in Olympics  Karnam Malleshwari (Sydney. in 2000)

38. To appointed Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India  K.J. Udeshi

39. To win a medal in World Athletic Championship   Anju Bobby George (2003)

40. First women to reach the final of an Olympic event  P.T.Usha

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