1.Violet Alva was the first Deputy Chair Person of the
Rajya Sabha.She was the first women lawyer to appear
before a High Court in India.
2.Dr. Geeta Varadan, the first woman scientist to become
Director of an ISRO cetre. She is heading Advanced Data
Research Institute. She was awarded ISRO Merit Award-2008
by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
3.Asima Chatterjee was awarded an Msc(in Chemistry)
from Calcutta university in 1938.She was the first
woman to obtain her D.Sc from Calcutta University in 1944.
She was appointed as honorary lecturer there.
4.Arunima Sinha is the first female amputee to climb the
Everest on May 21.2013
5.Pratima Puri was India’s first TV news reader.
6.Harita Kaur Deol is a pilot with the Indian Air Force.
7.Marissa Mayer is the President and C.E.O. of Yahoo.
8.Anna George Malhotra was the first Woman IAS officer
of India. She served as Secretary of Ministry
of Education of Government of India.However, Isha Basant
Joshi was the first woman IAS officer of independent India.
She served as an officer in Indian administrative service.
9.M.C.MaryKom is a five time World Boxing Champion and the
only woman boxer to have won a medal in each of the six
world championships.She has also won Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
Award,Padma shree award Padma Bhushana award and Arjun award
and International Boxing Association’s Ambassador for women’s
Boxing-2009 award. She has won the bronze medal in London Olympic
10.Amrita Pritam was the first and prominent Punjabi woman
writer, poet, novelist and essayist. She became the first woman
to win the Sahitya Academy Award. She had also won the
Bharatiya Jnana pith award, Padma Shree and Padma Vibhushana
11.Chandra Kochchar is the Managing Director and C.E.O. of
12.Katherine Graham led the Washington Post Company to
prominence in the worlds of journalism and business.She
became one of the most influential and admired women of her
generation.She was the first woman to head a Fortune-500 company
and the first to serve as a Director of the Associated Press and of
News Paper Publishers Association.She also served as a chair
person of the Newspaper Publishers Group.
13.Harriet Quimby was an American aviator and a movie
screen writer.She became the first woman to fly across the
English Channel. She was awarded a U.S.pilot’s certificate
by the Aero Club of America and she became the first woman to
gain a pilot’s license in the United States.
14.Toru Dutt was a first Indian poetess who wrote in English and
15.Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh is the first woman to be
nominated as Regional Director for the W.H.O. South East
Asia Region for a five year term by the 11 member States of the
16.Naina Lal Kidwai, a chartered accountant by profession
is an Indian Banker and business executive. She is currently
the Group General Manager and Country Head of H.S.B.C.India.
She is the first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard
Business School and also the first woman to guide the functioning
of a foreign bank in India. She has completed her Bachelor of Art
in 1977.She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from
University of Delhi and M.B.A.from Harvard Business School
in 1982.She is the President of the Federation of Indian Chambers
of Commerce and Industry.
17.Shikha Sharma is an Indian business person. She is C.E.O. of
18. Aruna Jayanthi is the C.E.O. of Capgemini India Pvt.Ltd
which has over 40,000 people across 9 cities in India.
19.Preetha Reddy is the managing director of Apollo Hospitals,
one of the largest health care conglomerates of India.
20. Sara Abubakar is author,writer and novelist. She has been
chosen to recieve the coveted Nrupathunga award.
21.Padmavathi Bandopadhyay(B:4 November 1944) is the first
woman Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force.
22.Pratibha Ray is an Indian writer and novelist in Oriya
language. She was the first woman to win the Moortidevi
award. She is an eminent fiction writer. She has won
Sahitya academy award,Padma Shri award and
23. Dr. Vasundhara Bhupathi is an Ayurvedic physician
and popular writer and Speaker.
24.Aban Mistry, a musician and scholar, known as the
first woman solo tabla player in India.She wrote 3 books
namely, Pakhawaj and Tabla,Table ki bandishein and the
contribution of Parsis to Indian classical music.
25.Junko Tabei is a Japanese mountain climber who became
the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest on
May 16, 1975. She formed the Ladies Climbing Club.
26.Arundhati Bhattacharya is the first woman to be the
chairperson of State Bank of India.
27.Priya Jhingan was the first woman officer of Indian army.
28.Sophia Kovalevsky was the first woman to earn
Ph.D. in mathematics.
29. Lady Agnes smyth,who is the sister of Robert Baden Powell,
is the leader of Girls Guide Movement founded in 1910 at London
by Robert Baden Powell.
30.Ashapurna Devi is a prominent Bengali novelist and poet.
She was awarded Jnanapith Award(1976) and Padma Shree Award
(1976)by Government of India.
31.Premlata Agarwal (born in 1963) is an Indian mountain climber
who on May 20,2011 became the oldest Indian woman to have scaled
the world’s tallest peak Mount Everest(29029ft).