India’s First Women In Governance

  • Indian National Congress President: Annie Besant
  • President of India: Pratibha Patil, 2007
  • Prime Minister of India: Indira Gandhi, 1966
  • Speaker of the Lok Sabha: Meira Kumar
  • Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha: Margaret Alva
  • Secretary-General of the Rajya Sabha: V.S. Ramadevi
  • Secretary-General of the Lok Sabha: Snehalata Shrivastava
  • IPS Officer Kiran Bedi
  • Cabinet Minister in India: Rajkumari Amrit Kaur
  • Minister in India: Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
  • Chief Minister: Sucheta Kriplani Uttar Pradesh
  • Governor: Sarojini Naidu (Governor of Uttar Pradesh, 1947–49)
  • Home Minister of a state: Sabitha Indra Reddy, Andhra Pradesh
  • Finance Minister of State Government in India: Dr Upinderjit Kaur, in Punjab Govt.
  • Director General of Police: Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya
  • Railway Minister of India: Mamata Banerjee
  • Chief Minister to die in Office: J. Jayalalithaa
  • Fully blind IFS officer: Beno Zephine N L
  • To join IFS, to be a diplomat, to become the ambassador/High commissioner (also sued the Indian government for gender bias): C. B. Muthamma.
  • IPS officer, Assam: Yamin Hazarika
  • IPS officer, Sikkim: Aparajita Rai
  • IPS officer, Maharashtra: Meera Borvankar