Women Achievers of India


The first female president of the Indian National Congress

— Annie Besant, 1917

The first Indian woman to be awarded the Kaiser-i-Hind by the British Raj for her distinguished social service

— Pandita Ramabai, 1919

The first Indian born female president of the Indian National Congress

— Sarojini Naidu, 1925

The first Indian female graduates of India and the British Empire

— Chandramukhi Basu and Kadambini Ganguly, 1883

The first Indian woman to be conferred the Doctorate of Science by an Indian university

— Asima Chatterjee, 1944

India’s first woman governor

— Sarojini Naidu, 1947
(On August 15, 1947, following independence, Sarojini Naidu became the governor of the United Provinces, and in the process became India’s first woman governor.)

Tthe first Indian women commercial pilot

— Prem Mathur, 1951, Deccan Airways

First woman president of the United Nations General Assembly, and first Indian women too

— Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, 1953

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