Women Personalities: First Female in Indian History

Famous Indian women personalities known as first female in Indian History 

Exclusive compiled list of 199 Indian female personalities known as First for their special feature / unique activity / noted achievement in their life.

Special Feature / Unique Activity / Noted Achievement Name of First Female in India
First Indian woman athlete to bag a medal at the Paralympics Deepa Malik
First Indian woman to be honoured with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) life membership Anjum Chopra
First Indian woman to win an Olympic Silver Medal in Badminton P.V. Sindhu
First Indian woman to cross Gibraltar Strait to swim. Aarti Pradhan
First woman to win ‘Shati Swaroop Bhatnagar’ Prize Aashima Chatarjee
First woman Circus player Abda Bai Payrulakar
First Indian Women To Play English Football Aditi Chauhan
First Indian woman to visit Antarctica. Aditi Pant
First female celebrity wax statue in Europeon Museum Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
First female Indian bouncer Amandeep Kaur
First female owner of a Harley Davidson Ambika Sharma
First woman to win bronze medal in Common Wealth Games for badminton. Ami Ghiya-Kanwal Thakur Singh
First woman Union Minister Amrut Kuar
First Female Graphic Novelist Amruta Patil
First woman to win ‘Shahitya Academic Prize Amruta Preetam
First Indian woman to get a degree in Western medicine Anandi Gopal Joshi
First female flying officer in the Indian Air Force Anjali Gupta
First female judge in India of district court in the year 1937 and also the First woman in India to become a high court judge in 1959 Anna Chandi
First female Indian Administrative Service officer of India Anna Rajam George (Malhotra)
First woman elected to the London School Board for Tower Hamlets, topping the poll even though few women were qualified to vote at that time. Annie Besant
First Indian and Asian woman to swim across English Channel. she became the First Indian female sportsperson to be awarded Padma Shri in 1960. Arati Saha
First woman to win International Swimming Marathon. Archana Bharat Kumar Patel
First woman head paramilitary force Archana Ramasundaram
First woman to win Lenin Peace Prize Aruna Aasif Ali
First woman chair of State Bank of India (206 Year Old Bank) Arundhati Bhattacharya
First Indian woman to win the Booker Prize Arundhati Roy
First female amputee and First Indian amputee to climb Mount Everest. Arunima Sinha
First woman to get Jnanpith Award Ashapurna Devi
First competitive female body builder Ashwini Waskar
First woman to be conferred a Doctorate of Science by an Indian University in 1944 Asima Chatterjee
First Indian Female who received the highest honour ‘Padma Shri’ Avasarala Kanyakumari
First Indian woman to climb the Mt. Everest Bachendri Pal
First female Uber cab driver in India Badass Bangalorean
First Indian women chess player holding the title of Woman International Master Bhagyashree Thipsay
First woman Aircraft maintenance engineer in Indian airlines Bhuwan Shree Gautam
First woman to join the INDIAN FOREIGN SERVICE in 1949, First Indian female Ambassador/ High Commissioner C. B. Muthamma
First Indian woman pilot in world to fly Airbus Capt. Durwa Banerjee
First indian women commander in Boeing-737 airplane. She also became the First Indian woman to command the Airbus A320 in 1994. Captain Saudamini Deshmukh
First woman Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of India’s leading stock exchange National Stock Exchange Chitra Ramakrishna
irst female Foreign Secretary CHOKILA IYER
First female advocate from India and the First woman to study law at Oxford Cornelia Sorabji
First female cyclist from the country to reach the heights of fourth place in the UCI individual world ranking Deborah Herold
First female aerobatics pilot Deepika Misra
First woman to get 100 wickets in International woman cricket. Diana Edulagee
First woman to get 100 wickets in International woman cricket  (1986) Diana Edulagee
First woman to climb on Mount Everest twice in the youngest age 19 in 1993. Dicky Dolma
First Lady Cadet to be conferred by the Army with the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’. Divya Ajith
First Indian female DJ is an ultimate international female DJ DJ Megha Kawale
First woman Air Marshal of the Indian Air Force. She is the second woman in the Indian armed forces to be promoted to a three-star rank Dr Padmavathy Bandopadhyay
First & oldest woman heart specialist Dr Sivaramakrishna Padmavati
First woman president of India’s apex chamber of commerce, ASSOCHAM Dr Swati Piramal
First woman Chairperson of Indian Science Congress Dr. Aashima Chatarjee
First woman to win Norman Borlogue Prize (1992) Dr. Amruta Patel
First woman to live most days on Antarctica  (472 days) Dr. Kawal Sandhu
First woman Surgeon Dr. Prema Mukharjee
First woman legislator in India Muthulakshmi Reddy was appointed to the Madras Legislative Council in 1927. Dr. S. Muthulakshmi Reddy
First to detect and document the evidence of HIV infection in the country in 1986 Dr. Suniti Solomon
First Indian female pilot of the Indian Airlines Captain in 1966. First woman ever to fly the Tornado A-200. Durga Banerjee
First actress of Indian Cinema Durgabai Kamat
First female film director of Indian cinema Fatima Begum
First Female Crorepati at Kaun Banega Crorepati Firoz Fatma
First woman Major General in Indian Army G. M. Ram
First woman Director general of Indian Medical Research Commission G. V. Satyavati
First woman to get ‘Shourya Chakra’  (after death) Galeriya Beri
First female winner at The Miss India Pageant Gauhar Khan
First woman pilot to fly solo in the Indian Air Force. The flight was an Avro HS-748, when she was 22 years old. Harita Deol
First test tube baby Harsha
First female fire fighter Harshini Kanhekar
First Indian Pistol shooter to be Ranked World No.1 by ISSF Heena Sidhu
First Indian female sumo wrestler Hetal Dave
First Female Photojournalist of India Homai Vyarawalla
First woman Graduate in Engineering Illa Mazumdar
First Female Additional Solicitor General of India Indira Jeising
First female TV mogul Indrani Mukerjea
First Miss India, First dancer to go on a national tour by the Asia Society Indrani Rehman
First Badaga woman to go abroad Indu K.Mallah
First female ventriloquist (specialist in dummy act) in India Indushree
First female test expert on bbc radio Isa Guha
India’s First Woman Surfer Ishita Malaviya
First Female Flute Artiste to Perform various types of Bamboo Flutes Jayaprada Ramamurthy
First female judge who was appointed to the Supreme Court of India Justice M. Fathima Beevi
First female graduates from India and the entire British Empire. She was also the First South Asian female physician, trained in western medicine, to graduate in South Asia Kadambini Ganguly
First Indian Origin woman to go into space Kalpana Chawla
First Indian woman to win gold medal at 1970 Asian games in 400 metre race. Kamaljeet Sandhu
First woman editor of First woman’s magazine (Indian Ladies magazine, 1901) Kamla Swaminathan
First female IPS officer to become the Director General of Police Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya
First woman commissioner of custom and central excise Kaushalya Narayan
First Indian woman IPS officer and First woman to  get the Raman magsaysay prize for public service Kiran Bedi
First woman Facebook’s employee in India as Managing Director Kirthiga Reddy
First woman Barrister in India of Allahabad High Court Kornoliya Sorabaji
First female commanding officer of Netaji Subhas Bose’s Azad Hind Fauj (Indian National Army) Lakshmi Sahgal
First female army captain Lakshmi Sehgal
First female Deputy National Security Adviser LEELA K. PONAPPA
First woman officer to die in line of duty Lt. Kiran Shekhawat
First woman boxer to win gold  medal at the Olympics and First woman World Boxing Champion for five times M C Mary Kom
First woman Musician to get ‘Bharat Ratna’ and  First woman to perform in United Nations Organization M.S. Subbulakshmi
First female editor on The Hindu newspaper Malini Parthasarathy
First Indian Woman Minister of Indian Railways Mamata Banerjee
First Female Olympian and Double International Mary Dsouza
First woman metro train driver Meenakshi Sharma
First woman to head the Mumbai’s Crime Branch Department Meera Borwankar
First woman became permanent Judge of the High Court Meera Sahib Fatima Bibi
First woman to reach Antarctica Mehar Musa
First female speaker of India s parliament Meira Kumar
First woman to participate in Olympic Games Merry Lila Ro
First Indian woman to become ‘Miss World’ Miss Reita Faria
First female officer to receive the Sena Medal for gallantry Mitali Madhumita
First female cricketer to win Wisden India Cricketers of the Year recognition Mithali Raj
First woman Team Principal in Formula One Monisha Kaltenborn
First Indian woman to get the Nobel Prize Mother Teresa
First woman professor (Avinashilingam Home Science College,CBE) Mrs. Sundari
First woman legislator in India Muthulakshmi Reddy was appointed to the Madras Legislative Council in 1927. Muthulakshmi Reddi
First woman awarded by ‘Arjuna Prize’ for Hockey game. N. Lamsaden
First Indian woman to graduate from the Harvard Business School Naina Lal Kidwai
First Woman to receive Ashoka Chakra Neerja Bhanot
First woman Paratrooper in Indian Air force Neeta Ghosh
First woman Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs NIRUPAMA RAO
First youngest Indians to enter the coveted ‘the seven summit club’ Nungshi and Tashi
First woman Chief Engineer P.K. Tresiya Ganguly
First woman mayor Panchmarthi Anuradha
First female monorail driver Pooja Keni
First woman president of India Pratibha Patil
First woman News reader on ‘Door Darsan’ Pratima Puri
First woman to reach north pole Preeti Sen Gupta
First woman commercial pilot Prem Mathur
First Indian woman mountaineer to complete the Seven Summits Premlata Agrawal
First Indian-American Priya Desai Serves as a Trailblazer for Female Sports Broadcasters Priya Desai
First Indian woman to join the Indian Army Priya Jhingan
First officer to lead the Inter-Service Guard of Honour Puja Thakur
First woman M.P. in central legislative  (1938) Radhabai Subairan
First Indian woman to be appointed a judge in the New York City Raja Rajeswari
First woman ruler of Delhi in India Razia Sultan
First woman to ski to South Pole Reena Kaushal Dharmshaktu
First woman Advocate Regina Guhaa
First women figure champ Rita Singh
First woman chairperson of the U.P.S.C. Rose Million Bethews
First woman in the Indian Foreign Service to hold Chief of Protocol to the Government of India Ruchira Kamboj
First woman to head oil firm in India Rupshikha
First Female Muslim Pilot in India Saarah Hameed
First Indian to win a Bronze medal in Badminton at the Olympics. Saina Nehwal
First Indian Female Train Loco pilot Samata Kumari
First Indian woman to win WTA Title Sania Mirza
First Indian Woman to Climb the ‘Mt. Everest’ twice Santosh Yadav
First woman jawan in Indian Army Sapper Shanti Tigga
The First Ever Female composor of India Saraswati Devi
First Indian woman to fly an aircraft Sarla Thakral
First woman minister of Independent India and First Indian woman president of Indian National Congress Sarojini Naidu
First female teachers for girls in India Savitribai Phule
First female taxi driver Selvi Gowda
First woman loco pilot of Delhi Metro Train Shail Mishra
First woman Bank Manager (Syndicate bank, Bangalore) Shanta Kumar
First Indian woman to pose naked for Playboy magazine Sherlyn Chopra
First and only woman to participate in three games (Cricket, Hockey and Basketball) Shirine Khusaro Kiyash
First female blogger to feature on the list of top 10 professional bloggers in India Shraddha Sharma
First woman Finger print specialist Sita varathambal and bhragathambal (sisters)
First Actress in Indian cinema Smt. Devika Rani
First woman chairperson of planning commission and First Indian woman to get Bharat Ratna Smt. Indira Gandhi
First woman Chairperson of National Woman Commission Smt. Jayanti Patnayak
First woman Deputy Chairperson of legislative assembly Smt. Shanno Devi
First female winner of popular music reality show Indian Idol Sourabhee Debbarma
First Woman commissioned Officer in IAF Squadron Leader Urmila Bheeman
First woman to cross Gobi desert Sucheta Kriplani
First Woman Fighter Pilot of India!, First civilian woman to fly the F-16IN Super-Viper, First woman in the world to fly the MiG-35 Suman Sharma
First woman to make world record in Power lifting Sumita Laha
First woman kabaddi coach to win Dronacharya Award Sunil Dabas
First woman cricket coach Sunita Sharma
First female train driver for the Indian Railways in India and in Asia also. Surekha Shankar Yadav
First Indian woman to become ‘Miss Universe’ Sushmita Sen
First girl to win 5 silver medals in pre junior Chess competition, London Taniya Sachdev
First woman mayor of Madras city. The Government of India awarded her the civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan in 1967. Tara Cherian
First woman Chairperson of Import-Export Bank Tarajani Vakeel
First woman English writer in India Toaru Dutt
First woman to complete the round of world by a boat in 1988. Ujjavala Patil
First Female Pilot from South India Usha Raghunathan
First woman Secretary General of ‘Rajya Sabha’ V. S. Ramadevi
First woman M.M.B.S. (1889, Kolkata Medical Collage) Vadhumukhi Bose, Virginiya Mitter
First Woman DTC Driver Vankadarath Saritha
First Indian President of the United Nations General Assembly in 1953 and Ambassador at United Nations in 1947 Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
First woman to get Military Medal Vimla Devi
First woman Deputy Chairperson of ‘Rajya Sabha’ Violet Alva
First woman to make Hat trick in International Football Yolanda Deesuza
First Indian film actress acted in the First Indian talkie movie Alam Ara Zubeida Begum Dhanrajgir
First woman and the first author to write a book on Autism in India Sumita Bose
India’s first female national racing champion Alisha Abdullah
India’s First Female Bronze Medalist Sydney 2000 Olympics Karnam Malleswari
India’s First Female Commando Trainer Dr. Seema Rao
India’s First Female Superhero Kangana Ranaut
India first women bishop of Nandyal for a mainstream church in India Eggoni Pushpa Lalitha
First Female Captain on Indian Navy Radhika Menon
First native Indian saint by the Catholic Church Sister Alphonsa
First Female SuperStar of India Cinema Sridevi
First Female Music Technician in India Sajida Khan
India’s first woman qazi Shabnam Ara Begum
Bollywood First Female comedienne Uma Devi Khatri (Tun Tun)
First Female Railway Coolie at Jaipur Manju
First Female Playback Singer of Indian Cinema Rajkumari Dubey
First woman gymnast to qualify for Olympics Dipa Karmakar
First women head of Indian Cost Accounting Service Aruna Sethi
First woman IPS officer to head paramilitary force Archana Ramasundram
First woman IPS officer to scale Antarctica’s tallest peak Aparna Kumar

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