International Women’s Day: Take a look at some of the finest achievements by Indian women

Mar 8, 2021

By: Vaamanaa Sethi

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 across the whole world.

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The 2021 UN theme for International Women’s day is...

...‘Women Leadership: Achieving an equal future in COVID-19 world’.

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This day is all about celebrating the achievements of women who made history and set themselves as an example.

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Here are a few of the most powerful women from India’s past and present:

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Anandi Gopal Joshi — First female doctor of India

She was the first woman in India to learn and practice Western medicine. She was the first Indian woman to get a degree in medicine from the US.

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Kalpana Chawla — First Indian woman to go to Space

She made history at NASA as the first female astronaut of Indian descent. She is regarded as a national hero in India.

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Cornelia Sorabji — First lady advocate of India

She was the first woman to practice law in India. She received her first class degree from Bombay University in 1888.

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Indira Gandhi — First female PM of India

Also known as ‘Iron lady of India’. She is the only female Prime Minister of India, so far. She served as Prime Minister from 1966-1977 and again in 1980-1984.

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Kiran Bedi — First female to join Indian Police Service

She was the first woman to join Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1972.

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Justice M Fathima Beevi — First female Supreme Court judge

She became the first female judge to be part of the Supreme Court of India , she was appointed in 1989. She is also the first Muslim woman to be appointed to be appointed in higher judiciary.

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Priya Jhingan — First lady cadet to join Indian Army

Silver Medalist and law graduate Priya joined the Indian Army in 1993.

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Pratibha Patil — First female President of India

She became the first female and 12th President of India. She served as President from 2007-2012.

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