Firsts in India - Women

The first Indian woman to be awarded the Bharat Ratna - Smt Indira Gandhi.
The first lady Governor of an Indian state was Smt Sarojini Naidu.
The first lady Chief Minister of State was Smt Sucheta Kripalani.
The first lady Central minister of the country was Smt Rajkumari Amrit Kaur.
The first woman president of the Indian National Congress was Annie Besant.
The first woman to become the Chief Election Commissioner was Mrs Rama Devi.
The first woman to be appointed Chief Justice of a state High Court was Justice Leila Seth.
The first woman to be appointed judge of the Supreme Court was Justice M Fatima Beevi.
The first woman to be appointed the Speaker of Lok Sabha is Mrs Meira Kumar.
The first woman president of UN General Assembly - Mrs Vijayalaxmi Pandit.
The first Indian woman to swim the English Channel was Aarti Saha.
The first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal was Karnam Malleswari.
The first Indian woman to win an Asiad medal - Kamaljit Sandhu.
The first Indian woman to climb Mt Everest - Bachendri Pal.
The first Indian woman to receive a gallantry award in the Indian Army (Sena Medal for her acts of bravery in Afghanistan) - Major Mitali Madhumita.
The first Indian woman to win the Miss Asia-Pacific title - Zeenat Aman.
The first Indian woman to win the Miss Universe title - Sushmita Sen.
The first Indian woman to win the Miss World title - Reita Faria.
The first Indian woman to win the Miss Earth title - Nicol Faria.
The first Indian woman to join the Territorial Army as a jawan - Shanti Tigga.
The first Indian woman to be appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner - Deepak Sandhu.
The first Indian woman to be appointed as the Minister of External Affairs of India - Sushma Swaraj. (Note: Mrs. Indira Gandhi held the additional charge as Minister of External Affairs while being the Prime Minister of India.)
The first Indian woman to ski to the South Pole - Reena Kaushal DharmaShaktu