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Top Indian Women In Various Fields

International Women’s Day is celebrated all across the globe on 8th March. With the campaign, #EachForEqual, this year believes in the notion of an equal and enabled world for women. A world where women are not deprived of their basic rights and don’t need to fight for what they deserve. Many Indian women have already worked hard for their rights and achieved great heights breaking the glass ceiling in various fields for a long time. With courage and the will to shatter the stereotypes of society, Indian women have come a long way today. In this post, we are listing the top India women who have performed extraordinarily in their respective fields and are seen as a role model by the young girls of our country. Here is the list of some of the prominent contemporary women personalities:

Field Prominent Contemporary Indian Women Record/Work
Sports Mithali Raj (Cricket) 1st player to captain most matches in ODI and T20 highest run-scorer in Woman’s Int’l Cricket
PV Sindhu (Badminton) India’s first world champion in Badminton
Dutee Chand (Athelete) 1st Indian to win a 100m gold in a global event
Hima Das (Athelete) Second fastest Asian
MC Mary Kom (Boxing) 6 time World Champion Boxer
Rani Rampal (Hockey) Current woman’s hockey team captain
Businesswomen Kiran Mazumdar Shaw Chairperson of Biocon
Lifetime achievement award by the Indian Council Of Medical Research
Zia Mody Corporate Lawyer, founder of AZB & Partners
Renuka Jagtiani Chairman & CEO of Landmark Group
Roshni Nadar Malhotra CEO and Executive Director, HCL Enterprise
Indra Nooyi Former CEO of PepsiCo,
Currently the Board Member of Amazon
One of the most powerful women
Politician Nirmala Sitharaman First full-time Finance & Defence Minister of India
Mamata Banerjee First woman chief minister of West Bengal
Actresses Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone,
Alia Bhatt, Kangana Ranaut etc
Author/Writers Arundhati Roy Man Booker Prize Winner 1997 For her Book, ‘The God of Small Things’
Political Activist
Kiran Desai Man Booker Prize 2006 for her book, ‘The Inheritance of Loss’
Shobha De Novelist & Columnist
Top positions of the world Gita Gopinath 1st woman chief economist of IMF
Anshula Kant 1st Woman Chief Financial Officer of the World Bank Group


Indian Women List of “Firsts” 

Here is the list containing the names of some of the Indian women to be first in their field:

  • The first lady Prime Minister of India- Mrs Indira Gandhi
  • The first Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest- Bachendri Pal in 1984
  • The first female president of India- Pratibha Patil
  • The first female railway minister of India- Mamata Banerjee
  • First female governor- Sarojini Naidu, UP
  • First female to win Nobel prize- Mother Teresa
  • First female Supreme Court Judge- Kumari Fathima Beevi
  • First female IPS Officer- Kiran Bedi
  • The first woman speaker of Lok Sabha- Meira Kumar
  • The first women’s badminton player  from India to achieve World no. 1 spot in April 2015- Saina Nehwal
  • First female to win WTA Title- Sania Mirza
  • First Gymnast to qualify for Olympics- Dipa Karmakar
  • The first Indian woman in Space- Kalpana Chawla
  • The first woman cricketer to score a century in T20- Hamanpreet Kaur
  • First Indian woman to win a shooting gold in the Asian Games- Rahi Sarnobat
  • First Indian woman to win a gold at the world level in the women’s 400m final race in the IAAF Championship- Hima Das
  • First Indian woman ever appointed to the ICC International Panel of Match Referees- GS Lakshmi

The above list may go on with a number of women shining in various fields. Can you recall other women pioneers who have made history? Or can you add up other names to this list with the most influential women of 2020? Let us know in the comment section below.

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