This bold Indian from the North-East braved the onslaught of
an injury to become famous as the first Indian woman who successfully
surmounted the highest mountain peak Mt Everest in 1984. She was also
the fifth woman of the world to have achieved this remarkable feat.
First India-born woman to enter space in 1997, Kalpana Chawla’s life
ended tragically when while returning from her second mission for
16-days, her space shuttle Columbia disintegrated and killed the 41 year
our-time world champion M C Mary Kom is the first woman boxer
to be honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, She is also the
first boxer alongwith Vijender Singh to be awarded the same. The
Manipuri girl also won the Arjuna award in 2004 before being conferred
with the Padma Shri a couple of years later in 2006. She is also the
International Boxing Association's Ambassador for women's boxing.
She is the latest woman sports sensation and has proved that hard work can take you anywhere. Saina is World No 2 in badminton and has scored victories over higher ranked players in the past.
The first woman judge of the Supreme Court, Fathima Beevi was
also the first one to be appointed as a judge of the apex court in the
whole of Asia. It is an achievement for an Indian woman and a feat
indeed for a Muslim woman during 1989. Her accomplishment lay in the
fact that she facilitated the entry of other women in the apex court.
Erstwhile male bastion the Indian Army was broken by Priya
Jhingan-Army’s first woman. In fact she even wrote to the then Chief of
Army Staff, General Sunith Francis Rodrigues requesting him to open
doors of the Army to the Indian woman. And in the year 1992, the bright
young law graduate joined the ‘hard’ profession. Before she retired she
said, “It's a dream I have lived every day for the last 10 years”.
With a list of accomplishments to her credit, Padma
Bandopadhyay- an IAF officer who rose to be India’s first woman Air Vice
Marshal in 2002, Bandopadhyay also served as the first woman Fellow of
the Aerospace Medical Society of India and the first Indian woman to
have conducted scientific research at the North Pole as also the first
woman officer to have completed the Defence Service Staff College course
- in 1978 - and to command the IAF's Central Medical Establishment
In 2007, Pratibha Patil became the country’s first woman
President. Prior to this she was also the first woman governor of
Rajasthan from 2004-2007. What is noteworthy is that she has never lost
an election that she has contested.
In 2009, Meira Kumar became the country’s first woman and also
the first Dalit Speaker of the Lok Sabha and was elected unopposed. An
IFS officer by profession, Meira was a Cabinet Minister in the Ministry
for Social Justice and Empowerment in 2004-2009. Meira is a five-time
Lok Sabha MP.
In 1994, for the first time, an Indian beauty won the Miss
Universe crown. The answer to the question of the final round made her
immensely popular among people. When asked “What was the essence of
being a woman?”, the charming 18-year-old replied, “The origin of a
child was a woman…. a woman teaches a man what …..caring….is all
about…”. This won her the much sought after crown.