1.Begum Hazrat Mahal(B:1820;D:April 7, 1879)
was the queen of Awadh. She was the first wife
of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. She was a great Indian
freedom fighter who played a major role during
India’s first war of independence (1857) against
the rule of the British East India Company.
2. Bhima Bai Holkar(B:20 September 1795;
D:November 1858). She was the daughter
of Yashwant Rao Holkar,Maharaja of Indore.
She kept attacking the British by guerilla methods.
3.Aruna Asaf Ali hoisted the Indian National Congress
flag at the Gowalia Tank maidan in Bombay during the
Quit India Movement,She was awarded Bharat Ratna
posthumously in 1997,by the Government of India.
4.Kuttimalu Amma led groups of women in the
picketing of foreign cloth shops in Calicut in 1931.
She was a freedom fighter and campaigner for
swadeshi and an active member of the Indian
5.Rani Avanti Bai, was wife of Vikramaditya singh, the
ruler of Ramgarh, He died leaving his wife with no
heir. The British refused to allow her to succeed the
throne and placed Ramgarh under their administration.
Rani Avanti Bai fought with the British to regain her
land and throne.On facing imminent defeat, she
killed herself with her own sword(March 20,1858)
6.Usha Mehta (B:March 25, 1920;D:August 11, 2000)
was a freedom fighter of India.She organized the
Secret Congress Radio” which functioned for few
months during the Quit India movement of 1942.
7. Padmaja Naidu (B:November17,1900;D:May 2, 1975)
was the daughter of Sarojini Naidu. She was jailed for
taking part in Quit India movement.She became Governor
of Bengal after independence. Himalayan Zoological Park
in Darjeeling is named after her.
8.Durgavati Devi(B:7 October 1907; D:15 October 1999)
was an Indian revolutionary and a freedom fighter. She
participated in armed revolution against the ruling British Raj.
9.Rani Gaidinliu(B:January 26, 1915;D:February 17, 1993)
was a Naga spiritual and political leader who led a revolt
against British rule in India.
10.Madam Bhicaji Cama(B:24 September 1861;
D:13 August 1936) the lady who hoisted Indian flag outside
India for the first time. She fought for the unity of
Hindus and Muslims.She continued financing
revolutionaries in and out of India. She fought for the
cause of women. When the first world war broke out
in 1914, she took anti-British stand.
11.Kasturba, wife of Gandhiji(B:11 April, 1869;D:22
February 1944). was a political activist fighting for
civil rights and Indian independence from the British.
12.Keladi Chennamma,(1671-1697) who ruled over a
small state Keladi for 25 years but proved herself a
great and heroic queen, She fought with the many
foes around and freed the kingdom from the several
dangers. She repelled the advances of the Mughal
army, led by Aurangzeb. She rendered a trade
agreement with the Portugese involving commodities
like pepper and rice.She was given the epithet the
”Pepper Queen”.She was a brave and competent ruler.
13.Rani of Jhansi (B:19 November 1828 ;D:18 June 1858)
Lakshmi Bai was one of the leading figures of the Indian
Rebellion of 1857. She lived and died for her country.
Lord Dalhousie refused to allow her adopted son to
become king and Jhansi was then ruled by the British.
She became for Indian nationalists, a symbol of resistance
to the rule of Britiish East India Company in India.
14. Kittur Chennamma(B:23 October 1778;D:21 February 1829)
was the queen of Kittur, a princely state in South India.She
led an armed rebellion against the British East India Company
15. Rani Abbakka was the queen of Ullal, who fought the
Portugese in the latter half of the 16th century.
16.Onake Obavva fought the forces of Hyder Ali single
handedly with a pestle in the kingdom of Chitradurga
of Karnataka, India. Her husband was a guard of a
watchtower. in the rocky fort of Chitradurga.