”Women love excitement and want to have
variety in their lives. Women today, are
out of their cages.After staying behind
curtains for centuries, the woman has
awakened not only to realise her potential
but to find an identity.”
Sanjay Kapur, Delhi.
1.Mithali Raj(born-December3,1982). She is
former captain of the Indian Women’s Cricket
2.Shakuntala Devi(November4,1929 to April 21,2013),
math wizard, popularly known as ”human computer”.
3.Koneru Hampi,(born on 31 March,1987)is an Indian
Chess Grandmaster,winner of gold medal for India.
4.Sarojini Naidu was the first female President of
Indian National Congress.
5.Najma Heptulla(born on April 13,1940) is an Indian
politician. She is the grand niece of Maulana Abul
6.Durgabai Deshmukh was a freedom fighter, social
reformer and parliamentarian.
7.Begum Akhtar is well known Indian singer of Ghazal,
Dadra and Thumri and winner of Padma Shri and Padma
Bhushana award.(October 7,1914 to October 30,1974)
8.Lata Mangeshkar is a most respectable Indian
playback singer and winner of Knight of the Legion
of Honour,French highest civilian award.(born on 28
9.Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay was a freedom fighter,
social reformer and actress. She was awarded
Deshikottama award by Visva Bharati University,
Shantiniketana, located in West Bengal.She was
born on April 3,1903 and lived upto October 29,1988.
10.Taslima Nasrin was a controversial Bangladeshi writer.
11.Famous female writers in Kannada are-M.K.Indira,
Triveni, Aryamba Pattabhi,Neela Devi,Anupama Niranjan,
Shantadevi Malawada,Ashwini,Saraswatibai Rajwade,
Gauramma of Kodagu etc.
12.V.S.Ramadevi was the first female Governor of Karnataka.
13.Homai A.Daruwalla was the Chairperson and the Managing
Director of Central Bank of India.A hard taskmaster,her
team called her Hunterwali.”A hint of roses, a glint
of steel” She believes in aiming for the moon and falling
on a star.She said,”As you climb, don’t forget to look down
and lend a helping hand.”
14.Kiran Bedi is India’s first woman IPS officer and Magsaysay
15.Rani Abbakka fought the Portugese at Ullal.
16.Devika Rani was the first female actress to win the coveted
Dadasaheb Phalke award.
17.Mira Nair is an Indian film director,actor and producer
based in New York.Her producer company is Mirabai Films.
She was born in India and educated at Delhi University
and at Harvard.She produced films-Salam Bombay,Namesake and
18.Saina Nehwal(born on March 17,1990)is a badminton player.
19.Prema Karanth became the first ever woman director,when
she directed the Kannada film,”Phaniyamma”which was based
on a novel written by M.K.Indira.The film won several
national and international awards and the ”best feature film
in Kannada” award.She started ”Benaka makkala kendra”
20.Bhanu Athaiya is an Indian cinema’s costume designer and
winner of the coveted Oscar award for the costume design in
21.Shannodevi was the first woman speaker of a State Assembly.
22.Arati Gupta nee Saha, the swimmer was inspired by Mihirsen to try to
cross the English Channel. She was the first woman from Asia
to swim the English Channel from Cape Griz Nez, France to
23.Bethune college, the first women’s college in
Kolkata(1849)was founded by John Elliot D.Bethune.
24. Kamaljit Sandhu is a former woman Indian athlete who won
gold medal at 1970 Asian Games in 400 mt. race.
25.Cornelio Sorabji was the first female barrister
from India.She was also a social reformer and writer.
26.Anna George was the first female I.A.S.officer.
27.First and the only Muslim woman I.A.S.officer of Assam was
28.First and the only Muslim woman chief minister of
Assam was Anwara Taimur.
29.First woman chairperson of Rajya Sabha was Violet Alva,(1962)
30.Asima Chatterjee was an Indian Chemist noted for her work
in organic chemistry and phyto medicine. She became the first
woman to be conferred Doctorate of Science by University of
Kolkata in 1944.
31.The first woman recipient of Ashok Chakra award for bravery,
was Niraj Bhanot.She was flight attendant. She died while
saving passengers from terrorists on board the hijacked
Pan Am Flight73 on Sept.5,1986.
32.The first woman railway driver was Dipti Modekar.
”Women love excitement and want to have