Indian Women Leaders

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Throughout history, there have been many Indian women leaders who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Indian female leaders such as Mother Teresa, Indira Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Phoolan Devi, Priyanka Gandhi.
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 1 
Indira Gandhi
(3rd Prime Minister of India)
Indira Gandhi
48
Birthdate: November 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: October 31, 1984

The third Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi served as PM from 1966 till 1977 and then again from 1980 till her assassination in October 1984. She is considered one of India’s strongest PM and is hailed for leading India to victory over Pakistan in 1971, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh. However, she is also categorised as authoritarian and is criticised for imposing Emergency in 1975.

 2 
Sushma Swaraj
(Politician)
Sushma Swaraj
29
Birthdate: February 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Delhi, india
Died: August 6, 2019

Supreme Court lawyer and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj had held several ministries, such as external affairs and information and broadcasting. Named India’s “best loved politician” by Wall Street Journal, Swaraj was known for her prompt assistance to Indians in emergency situations abroad and was awarded the Padma Vibhushan posthumously.

 3 
Nirmala Sitharaman
(Politician)
Nirmala Sitharaman
17
Birthdate: August 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madurai, Madras State, India (present-day Tamil Nadu)
One of the world’s 100 most powerful women in 2020 according to Forbes, BJP member Nirmala Sitharaman is the first woman to be a full-time finance minister of India. The Madurai-born JNU alumna had earlier quit her PhD program in economics midway to move to London with her husband.
 4 
Sonia Gandhi
(President of Indian National Congress)
Sonia Gandhi
28
Birthdate: December 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lusiana, Lusiana Conco, Italy

Sonia Gandhi is an Indian politician and president of one of the most prominent Indian political parties, The Indian National Congress. As the president of Indian National Congress, which has been one of India's most successful political parties in the country's post-independence history, Sonia Gandhi remains one of the most powerful women in India.

 5 
Phoolan Devi
(Politician, Brigand)
Phoolan Devi
7
Birthdate: August 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Uttar Pradesh
Died: July 25, 2001

Phoolan Devi was an Indian bandit who later on became a politician. She was a victim of child marriage and later on gang raped by a group of upper caste men. To  avenge her humiliation she went on to become the leader of gang of bandits  Later on she became a politician and served as Member of Parliament. She was assassinated by an upper caste man. 

 6 
Kiran Bedi
(First Woman in India to Join the Officer Ranks of the Indian Police Service (IPS))
Kiran Bedi
12
Birthdate: June 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amritsar, India

Kiran Bedi is an Indian police officer and social activist. In 1972, she became the first Indian woman to serve as an officer in the Indian Police Service. From 2016 to 2021, she served as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, playing an important role in the development of the Indian Union Territory. Her life has inspired many films, including Karthavyam.

 7 
Jayalalitha Jayaram
(Indian Politician)
Jayalalitha Jayaram
16
Birthdate: February 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melukote, India
Died: December 5, 2016
 8 
Mamata Banerjee
(Politician)
Mamata Banerjee
16
Birthdate: January 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India
 9 
Jayaprada
(Indian Actress Who Worked in Telugu and Hindi Film Industries)
Jayaprada
4
Birthdate: April 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India

Jaya Prada was once one of the highest-paid actors in the Hindi and Telugu film industries. Though she initially aspired to become a doctor, her interest in dance took over later and she later soared to fame with films such as Sargam and Tohfa. She has also been an MP.

 10 
Pratibha Patil
(Former President of India)
Pratibha Patil
16
Birthdate: December 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nadgaon, Maharashtra, India

Pratibha Patil served as the president of India from 2007 to 2012 and was the first and only woman to have held the position. The INC member had also been the governor of the Indian state of Rajasthan earlier. She had started her political career as an MLA from Jalgaon.

 11 
Maneka Gandhi
(Politician, Member of Parliament 'Lok Sabha')
Maneka Gandhi
13
Birthdate: August 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Maneka Gandhi is an Indian politician, environmentalist, and animal rights activist. She is credited with inspiring several individuals towards social entrepreneurship. Maneka Gandhi is best known as an animal rights leader for which she has received several international awards. She is also credited with establishing an animal welfare organization named People for Animals.

 12 
Priyanka Gandhi
(General Secretary of Indian National Congress (Since 2020))
Priyanka Gandhi
15
Birthdate: January 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Delhi, India
 13 
Mayawati
(Politician)
Mayawati
12
Birthdate: January 15, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Delhi, India
 14 
Rakhi Sawant
(Model, Actor)
Rakhi Sawant
12
Birthdate: November 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Worli
 15 
Nusrat Jahan
(Actress)
Nusrat Jahan
6
Birthdate: January 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India
 16 
Jayasudha
(Actress)
Jayasudha
5
Birthdate: December 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madras, Madras State, India
 17 
Moon Moon Sen
(Actress)
Moon Moon Sen
4
Birthdate: March 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India
 18 
Sumitra Mahajan
(Politician)
Sumitra Mahajan
4
Birthdate: April 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chiplun
 19 
Jaya Bachchan
(Actress)
Jaya Bachchan
1
Birthdate: April 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
 20 
Roja
(Actress)
Roja
8
Birthdate: November 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bhakarapeta,Tirupati, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, India
 21 
Begum Hazrat Mahal
(Wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah)
Begum Hazrat Mahal
6
Birthdate: 1820 AD
Birthplace: Faizabad
Died: April 7, 1879

Also known as Begum of Awadh, Begum Hazrat Mahal was the second wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah. She is remembered for rebelling against the British East India Company during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Following her husband’s exile, she took over affairs in the state of Awadh. However, she was forced by the British to abandon Awadh.

 22 
Gayatri Devi
(Former Maharani of Jaipur (1940 - 1948))
Gayatri Devi
3
Birthdate: May 23, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 29, 2009

Gayatri Devi was the Maharani (Queen) of Jaipur from 1940 to 1949. She became the queen consort of Jaipur after her marriage to Man Singh II, who served as the Maharaja of Jaipur during the British Raj. After India's independence, Gayatri Devi became a successful politician. Devi was also renowned for her beauty and was considered a fashion icon as well.

 23 
Khushboo
(Actress, politician, film producer, and television presenter)
Khushboo
4
Birthdate: September 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
 24 
Kirron Kher
(Actress)
Kirron Kher
2
Birthdate: June 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chandigarh, India
 25 
Malavika Avinash
(Actress, Politician)
Malavika Avinash
3
Birthdate: January 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
 26 
Vasundhara Raje
(Politician)
Vasundhara Raje
4
Birthdate: March 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
 27 
Sumalata
(Actress)
Sumalata
7
Birthdate: August 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chennai, India
 28 
Mimi Chakraborty
5
Birthdate: February 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India
 29 
Roopa Ganguly
(Actress)
Roopa Ganguly
2
Birthdate: November 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
 30 
Aruna Asaf Ali
(Indian Independence Activist, Educator)
Aruna Asaf Ali
4
Birthdate: July 16, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kalka, Punjab, India
Died: July 29, 1996
 31 
Vyjayanthimala
(Film actress, Politician)
Vyjayanthimala
0
Birthdate: August 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Triplicane, Chennai, India

Vyjayanthimala is an Indian actress and dancer who played a major role in the Hindi film industry during the 1950s and 1960s. One of the most popular actresses of all time, Vyjayanthimala is also known for her contribution to South Indian movies. She is the recipient of several awards, including Filmfare Awards and Lifetime Achievement Awards at International film festivals.   

 32 
Jamuna
(Actress)
Jamuna
3
Birthdate: August 30, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hampi, Karnataka, India
 33 
Isha Koppikar
(Actress)
Isha Koppikar
0
Birthdate: September 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
 34 
Ramya
(Actor, Politician)
Ramya
3
Birthdate: November 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bangalore
 35 
Sripriya
(Actress)
Sripriya
3
Birthdate: March 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
 36 
Najma Heptulla
(Politician)
Najma Heptulla
3
Birthdate: April 13, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bhopal, Bhopal State, British India
 37 
Priyadarshini Raje Scindia
(Wife of Minister of Civil Aviation and Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia)
Priyadarshini Raje Scindia
0
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: India
 38 
Vanisri
(Actress)
Vanisri
3
Birthdate: August 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nellore, Madras Presidency, British India
 39 
Kavitha
(Actress)
Kavitha
4
Birthdate: September 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nidamarru, Andhra Pradesh, India
 40 
Vijaya Raje Scindia
(Known popularly as the Rajmata of Gwalior)
Vijaya Raje Scindia
0
Birthdate: October 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: January 25, 2001
 41 
Vennira Aadai Nirmala
2
Birthdate: June 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India
 42 
Ameeta Singh
(Indian Politician and Former Badminton Champion)
Ameeta Singh
2
Birthdate: October 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

The president of the Delhi Capital Badminton Association, Ameeta Singh is a former national badminton champion player who later stepped into politics. An MP from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, she represented the INC before joining the BJP. She is also the former wife of murdered badminton ace Syed Modi.

 43 
Asiya Andrabi
(Kashmiri separatist and founding leader of Dukhtaran-e-Millat)
Asiya Andrabi
4
Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India
 44 
Shreyasi Singh
(Sport shooter, Politician)
Shreyasi Singh
3
Birthdate: August 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Delhi, India
 45 
Krishna Poonia
(Athletics competitor, Politician)
Krishna Poonia
0
Birthdate: May 5, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Agroha, Haryana, India

Padma Shri- and Arjuna Award-winning discus thrower Krishna Poonia created history when she became the first Indian discus thrower to qualify for the Olympic finals. Apart from a Commonwealth gold, she also has two Asian Games bronze medals in her kitty. She is now a Congress Party MLA.

 46 
Kamal Rani Varun
(Politician)
Kamal Rani Varun
2
Birthdate: May 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: August 2, 2020
 47 
Soni Sori
(Political leader)
Soni Sori
1
Birthdate: April 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bade Bedma, Chhattisgarh, India
 48 
Nellie Sengupta
(Englishwoman who fought for Indian Independence)
Nellie Sengupta
0
Birthdate: January 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Died: October 23, 1973
 49 
Vidya Stokes
(Politician)
Vidya Stokes
1
Birthdate: December 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kotgarh, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Vidya Stokes is an Indian politician who served as the Irrigation & Public Health Minister of Himachal Pradesh from 2012 to 2017. In 2010, she was elected as the president of Hockey India at the age of 83. She has also served as the president of the Women’s Hockey Association on several occasions.

 50 
Janaki Venkataraman
(First Lady of India from 1987 until 1992. She was the wife of Indian President R. Venkataraman)
Janaki Venkataraman
1
Birthdate: 1921 AD
Birthplace: Bago, Myanmar
Died: August 13, 2010