First In India (Women)

  • First female Monarch in India: Prabhavatigupta (385-405) of Vakataka dynasty
  • First Woman Prime Minister of India: Smt. Indira Gandhi (1966)
  • First women’s court in India: Malda, West Bengal
  • Graduates: Kadambini Ganguly and Chandramukhi Basu, 1883
  • The first woman honours graduate: Kamini Roy, 1886
  • Head of an undergraduate academic institution: Chandramukhi Basu, 1888
  • Honours graduate: Kamini Roy (1886)
  • Pilot a locomotive engine (train driver): Surekha Yadav
  • Chairperson of State Bank of India: Arundhati Bhattacharya
  • Court martialled: Anjali Gupta in 2005
  • Lawyer: Cornelia Sorabjee (1892), also the first female graduate from Bombay University, and the first woman in the world to read law at Oxford
  • Muskan Sethi, 2015 India’s first female Professional Poker Player
  • Photojournalist: Homai Vyarawalla (1913)
  • Doctorate of Science: Asima Chatterjee (1944)
  • Chief Justice of a High Court (Himachal Pradesh): Leila Seth, 1991
  • Air Vice Marshal: Padmavathy Bandopadhyay
  • Supreme Court judge: Justice M. Fathima Beevi
  • High Court Judge: Anna Chandy
  • Woman President of the United Nations General Assembly: Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, 1953
  • Physician: Kadambini Ganguly, 1886
  • Airline Pilot: Durba Banerjee
  • Space: Kalpana Chawla aboard Space Shuttle Columbia flight STS-87, on 19 November 1997. She was a naturalized United States citizen, and represented the US during the event.
  • Nobel Prize winner: Mother Teresa of calcutta in 1979 (Albanian born Indian citizen)
  • To cross English Channel: Aarti Saha
  • Monarch of Delhi Sultanate: Razia Sultana (1205–1240) of Mamluk Sultanate (Delhi)
  • Minister in a government: Rajkumari Amrit Kaur in the Ministry of Health
  • Speaker of the Lok Sabha: Meira Kumar
  • First Indian woman to be the member of Legion of Honour :  Asha Pande
  • First Tamil woman member of the royal French Legion of Honour :  Anjali Gopalan
  • Asian Games gold medal winner: Kamlijit Sandhu
  • Climb Mount Everest: Bachendri Pal, 1984
  • Chess Grandmaster : Koneru Humpy, 2002. She was also the youngest woman in the world to become a grandmaster, at 15 years old.
  • To win 1st round match in a Grand Slam event: Nirupama Vaidyanathan beat Italian Gloria Pizzichini in the first round of the 1998 Australian Open
  • To reach 4th round (highest as of 2008) of a Grand Slam event: Sania Mirza in the Singles category of the 2005 US Open.
  • Grand Slam junior title: Sania Mirza (partnering with Russian Alisa Kleybanova) in the doubles category of the 2003 Wimbledon Championships.
  • Paris Brest Paris Cycling Event : Divya Tate (44): August 2011
  • Pilot (Indian Air Force) : Harita Kaur Deol
  • Pilot (aircraft): Sarla Thakral
  • To Cross Gobi Desert: Sucheta Kadethankar (33): 2011
  • Reach the final of an Olympic event: P. T. Usha
  • IAS officer : Isha Basant Joshi
  • First Woman IPS Officer of India: Kiran Bedi (1972)
  • Youngest Ultramarathoner to run a 100-mile race (Himalayas) : Priya Darshini
  • Magasasay Award: Mother Teresa
  • First Indian Woman to become “Miss World”: Rita Faria
  • Bus driver at Delhi Transport Corporation: Sarita
  • Managing director of LIC of India : Usha Sangwan
  • First woman appointed as the United Nations Civil Police adviser: Kiran Bedi (2003)
  • First woman boxer (in world too) to win a medal in all six World championships: Mary Kom
  • First and the only Indian golfer to participate in Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympic Games (2014), Asian Games (2014) and Olympic Games (2016): Aditi Ashok
  • First Woman Chief Minister of an Indian State: Mrs. Sucheta Kripalani
  • First women defense Minister of India: Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman
  • First woman Finance Minister of India: Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman