The history of Indian women is full of bravery who have broken gender boundaries and fought hard for their rights and made advancements in the field of arts, science, politics, law, etc. Let’s honor the ‘first’ Indian women, seeing the first time an Indian woman achieved something: in this article, we have listed 15 women who were the first women in their field.
Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi
Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi or A G Joshi born on 31 March 1865 was the first woman to travel to the United States of America and also the first Indian woman to practice in Western medicine. In the year 1887, Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi became the first Indian female physician.
Shila Dawre became the nation’s first lady auto rickshaw driver when she first moved into the ‘male-dominated zone in 1988. Pune based Dawre desires to now begin an academy for ladies fascinated in becoming trained auto drivers.
Arunima Sinha is the first female to scale Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Carstensz Pyramid (Indonesia), Mount Kosciuszko (Australia), Mount Aconcagua (South America), Mount Elbrus (Russia), and Mount Vinson.
She was a national level volleyball athlete who was pushed from a moving train by robbers in 2011 as she was opposing them. After facing this accident, one of her legs had to be removed below the knee.
Reita Faria Powel
Reita Faria Powel is an Indian doctor, model, and beauty queen crowned by Miss World in 1966 and became the first Asian woman to win the title. She also progressed on to become the first Miss World champion to qualify as a doctor.
Faria was born in Mumbai. After getting the Miss Bombay Crown, she also obtained the Eve’s Weekly Miss India contest 1966 competition.
Mother Teresa became the first Indian female to get the Nobel Peace award in 1979. Mother Teresa established many Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic orthodox congregation with over 4,500 nuns, and which works in 133 countries in 2012.
The congregation runs homes for people who are suffering from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and leprosy. She gave her entire life to social activity.
Indira Gandhi became the first female Prime Minister of India and worked from 1966 to 1977. Indira Gandhi was titled the “Woman of the Millennium” in a poll that the BBC organized in 1999. In 1971, she became the first lady to obtain the Bharat Ratna award.
Pratibha Patil is the daughter of Narayan Rao Patil, born on 19th December 1934 in the village of Nadgaon, Maharashtra, India. She became the country’s first female President and held office between July 2007 to July 2012. She had earlier worked as the Governor of Rajasthan from 2004 to 2007.
Kalpana Chawla, born on 17 March 1962, was an American astronaut, engineer, and the first woman to reach space. As a mission expert and an initial robotic arm operator, she traveled into space in 1997.
Kalpana was one of the seven crew members who lost her life in the Space Shuttle Columbia accident when the spacecraft disintegrated while re-entry into the Earth’s environment.
Kiran Bedi joined Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1972 as well and she also became the first woman officer in India. Furthermore, later in 2003, Kiran Bedi was appointed as the first woman as the United Nations Civil Police adviser.
Mumtaz M. Kazi
Mumtaz née Maqsood Ahmed Kazi, also popularly identified as Mumtaz M. Kazi, is a train engineer of India considered as the first Indian female to drive a diesel engine train. She is also Asia’s leading lady locomotive driver. She was awarded the eminent Nari Shakti Puraskar in March 2017.
Ms. Yogita Raghuvanshi is a lawyer but earns her living as the owner of Rajhans Transport Company driving truck, Recognition of her determination & inner steely strength came in 2013 in the form of Mahindra Transport Excellence Award and a Mahindra truck.
It takes courage to be a woman truck driver. Truck driving is one of the most challenging jobs on the road. We all know about the security, road condition, the extreme weather across states, not to mention the working condition or what they need to do for the deadline.
“Nobody believes that I drive trucks – whether then or now. They assume that I am the driver’s woman. Mechanics on the highway look for a scooty or a car to fix a punctured tyre. But I show them my 10-wheeler. (laughs). Men at dhabas and elsewhere leer at me, but when they see me at the wheel their look changes dramatically. But none of this bothers me, it never did. I have taught my children the same,”
Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom was born on 24 November 1982 is an Indian amateur boxer, politician, and incumbent Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha. She is the only female to become World Amateur Boxing champion for a record 6 times, the only female boxer to have won a medal in each one of the first 7 World Championships, and the only boxer (male or female) to win 8 World Championship medals.
Mithali Raj is the first woman, who scored a double century in Test Cricket. Mithali Dorai Raj was born on 3rd December 1982 and she is an Indian cricketer, ODI Captain of the women’s national cricket team. She is a right-handed opening batter and occasional right-arm leg-break bowler.
Roshini Sharma became the first Indian woman to ride a motorbike from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.
According to her – As a woman in India, I am hounded around by society as to how it is unsafe to travel in India for a woman. And especially when she’s alone! Hemmed with uncertain weather in this country, I expected many people to raise their eyebrows at my adventure. My experiences contradicted my expectations.
I am cent percent sure that a woman can travel alone, for as long she wants, if she is courageous, confident by herself in her own ways, wise, quick thinking and alert every time. It’s a myth that women cannot travel alone and it’s unsafe.
Saina Nehwal is the first Indian woman to win a medal in Badminton at the 2012 Olympic Games.