WS Tales06 Mar 2020

15 ‘Firsts’ by Indian Women Who have Made the Nation Proud

Women’s Day 2020 : An ode to these 15 inspiring women in India who were firsts in their field and made our nation proud.

Defined by no man, you are your own story,

Blazing through the world, turning history into herstory.

And when they dare to tell you about

All the things you cannot be,

You smile and tell them,

I am both war and woman and you cannot stop me

- Nikita Gill

From science to cricket pitch, literature to cinema, Indian women are everywhere! India has had a long history of determined women who have marked their presence in various fields through the stellar achievements.

On the occasion of Women’s Day, we bring you a small rundown of those amazing Indian women who were firsts in their field and their contribution towards making India proud.

1. Avani Chaturvedi

Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly solo a fighter aircraft. She flew a MiG-21 'Bison', an aircraft known for its highest landing and take off speed in the world.

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2. Mithali Raj

During India's series against New Zealand Women - Mithali Raj became the first woman to play in 200 ODI match.

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3. Mary Kom

Mary Kom is the only woman to become World Amateur Boxing champion for a record six times, and the first woman from the country to win a medal in boxing at the Olympics.

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4. Saina Nehwal

In a world Badminton rankings in 2015, Saina Nehwal became the first Indian woman to secure no. 1 position.

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5. Gita Gopinath

An Indian-American economist, Gita Gopinath became the First Woman Chief Economist at the IMF (International Monetary Fund).

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6. Hima Das

Hima Das, an Indian sprint runner is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships.

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7. Arunima Sinha

Arunima Sinha became the world's first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest in 2013.

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8. Kalpana Chawla

An american astronaut and engineer, Kalpana Chawla was the first woman of Indian descent to go to space.

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9. Garima Arora

Garima Arora became the first Indian female chef to be conferred with the Michelin star.

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10. Usha Kiran

Usha Kiran became CRPF's first woman officer to be posted in the insurgency-affected Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.

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11. Kavita Devi

Kavita Devi is the first female professional wrestler of India to wrestle in WWE.

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12. Deepa Malik

Deepa Malik became the first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympic Games at the 2016 Summer Paralympics.

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13. Shanti Devi

Shanti Devi became the first truck mechanic in India and has been working for more than 20 years now.

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14. Dipa Karmakar

Dipa Karmakar, in August 2016, scripted history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to qualify for an Olympic final.

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15. Tessy Thomas

Tessy Thomas is the first woman to head an Indian missile project. Adding to it, with the successful launch of the Agni-V missile project, she also achieved a career milestone.

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India is blessed to have such female achievers who went across all odds in different professions and accomplished them.

Stay tuned to read our next blog on Women’s Day 2020 Theme and do remember #EachforEqual.

Happy Women’s Day!

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