Indian history is full of the stories of great personalities who contributed their best for the welfare of the country. The role of women in making up of present India is not a bit lesser than men. There had been many great women personalities in the Indian past, who presented exemplary works in front of the society.
Recently we celebrated International Women’s day on 8th March. On this occasion, we are remembering 10 such great Indian women personalities, who put huge impact on Indian society and also can be a role model for the new generation.
1. Kittur Chennamma (23 October 1778 – 21 February 1829)
Kitturu Rani Chennamma was the Queen of Kittur, a princely state in South India. She was best known for leading an armed rebellion against the British East India Company in 1824.
2. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (18 August 1900 – 1 December 1990)
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was the first Indian woman to hold a cabinet post. She served as the president of the Indian National Congress twice. She has also worked as India’s ambassador to Russia during the late forties, and the governor of Maharashtra later.
She was also known for being the first woman president of the UN General Assembly.
3. Savitribai Phule (3 January 1831 – 10 March 1897)
Savitribai Jyotirao Phule, played an important role in improving women’s rights in India during British rule. She was the first Indian woman to become a teacher, and opened up the first school for girls in India in 1848.
4. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay (3 April 1903 – 29 October 1988)
Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay was remembered for her contribution in the Indian independence movement. Fascinated with Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement, she worked a lot for the welfare of women. She became the first female candidate to run for a Legislative seat in India.
Several cultural institutions in India today exist because of her vision, including the National School of Drama, Sangeet Natak Akademi, Central Cottage Industries Emporium, and the Crafts Council of India.
5. Sarojini Naidu (13 February 1879 – 2 March 1949)
Also known as ‘Nightingale of India’, Naidu was an activist and poet, was the first Indian woman to become the president of the Indian National Congress, a major political party in India. She also served as governor of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh for two years, and was also the first woman governor of an Indian state.
She took part in Satyagraha movement and participated in the Round table conference with Mahatma Gandhi and Madan Mohan Malaviya.
6. Sucheta Kriplani (25 June 1908 – 1 December 1974)
She holds the honour of becoming the first woman chief minister of an Indian state. Kriplani actively took part in the Indian independence movement, and later became the first elected woman chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
7. Asima Chatterjee (23 September 1917 – 22 November 2006)
Asima Chatterjee was an Indian chemist noted for her work in the fields of organic chemistry and phytomedicine. She was the first Indian woman to receive the Doctorate of Science from an Indian University.
8. Justice Anna Chandy (1905 – 1996)
Justice Anna Chandy was the first female judge in India and also the first woman in India to become a high court judge. She was also the first woman in her state of Kerala to get a law degree.
9. Captain Lakshmi Sehgal (24 October 1914 – 23 July 2012)
Captain Lakshmi Sehgal was part of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army. She was a revolutionary of the Indian independence movement, an officer of the Indian National Army, and the Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Azad Hind government.
Sehgal was awarded the Padma Vibhushan by Indian president K. R. Narayanan.
10. Rani Lakshmi Bai of Jhansi (19 November 1828 – 17 June 1858)
She deserves to be called the Greatest woman of Indian history. Lakshmibai was the rani of the Maratha-ruled Jhansi State, situated in the north-central part of India. She fought against the British rule and one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. She taught the country how to die for the motherland and freedom and became the inspiration for other rebellions.
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