Indian Women Leaders

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 Rani Lakshmibai

Rani Lakshmibai
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Famous As: Queen of Jhansi State
Birthdate: November 19, 1828
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Varanasi, India
Died: June 18, 1858

Remembered for her heroics against the British, the Indian Joan of Arc Rani Lakshmibai remains an icon of the 1857 Indian Rebellion. The wife of Maharaja Gangadhar Rao, she is known for leading the fight against the British after her husband’s death. She also inspired the legendary lines Khoob Ladi Mardani.

 2 Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi
46
Famous As: 3rd Prime Minister of India
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.

 3 Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj
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Famous As: Politician
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.

 4 Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu
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Famous As: Poet and Freedom Fighter
Birthdate: February 13, 1879
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hyderabad, India
Died: March 2, 1949

Sarojini Naidu was an Indian poet and political activist. An important figure in the Indian Independence Movement, she was a proponent of anti-imperialistic ideas, women's rights, and civil rights. Her illustrious career as a poet earned her the nickname Nightingale of India. After India became independent, she became the first woman to hold the office of Governor in the Dominion of India.

 5 Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman
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Famous As: Politician
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.

 6 Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi
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Famous As: President of Indian National Congress (1998-2017, Since 2019)
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.

 7 Mary Kom

Mary Kom
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Famous As: Boxer, Politician
Birthdate: March 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kangathei, Manipur, India
Indian boxing legend Mary Kom, known as “Magnificent Mary,” is the only female to win the World Amateur Boxing championship six times. She has won golds at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, and an Olympic bronze, too. The Padma Vibhushan-winner is also a Rajya Sabha member.
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 8 Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Shabana Azmi is an Indian actress best known for playing eccentric and unconventional characters. One of the most acclaimed and celebrated actresses, Azmi has won several prestigious awards, including a record five National Film Awards under the Best Actress category. In 2012, Shabana Azmi was honored with India's third-highest civilian honor, the Padma Bhushan.

 9 Jayalalitha Jayaram

Jayalalitha Jayaram
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Famous As: Indian Politician
Birthdate: February 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melukote, India
Died: December 5, 2016

 10 Kiran Bedi

Kiran Bedi
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Famous As: Police officer
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.

 11 Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

 12 Pratibha Patil

Pratibha Patil
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Famous As: Former President of India
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.

 13 Maneka Gandhi

Maneka Gandhi
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Famous As: Politician
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.

 14 Priyanka Gandhi

Priyanka Gandhi
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Famous As: General Secretary of Indian National Congress (Since 2020)
Birthdate: January 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

 15 Mayawati

Mayawati
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 15, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Delhi, India

 16 Jayasudha

Jayasudha
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madras, Madras State, India

 17 Sumalata

Sumalata
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chennai, India

 18 Rakhi Sawant

Rakhi Sawant
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Famous As: Model, Actor
Birthdate: November 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Worli

 19 Mimi Chakraborty

Mimi Chakraborty
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India

 20 Moon Moon Sen

Moon Moon Sen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

 21 Roja

Roja
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bhakarapeta,Tirupati, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, India

 22 Nusrat Jahan

Nusrat Jahan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 8, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

 23 Sumitra Mahajan

Sumitra Mahajan
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chiplun

 24 Khushboo

Khushboo
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Famous As: Actress, politician, film producer, and television presenter
Birthdate: September 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 25 Kirron Kher

Kirron Kher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chandigarh, India

 26 Jaya Bachchan

Jaya Bachchan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India

 27 Poonam Dhillon

Poonam Dhillon
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

Poonam Dhillon is an Indian actress who was one of the leading ladies in Hindi films in late 1970s and 1980s. A former Femina Miss India, Dhillon achieved national recognition in 1979 when she played Noorie Nabi in the romance film Noorie. Poonam Dhillon’s popularity was revived in 2009 when she appeared in the popular television reality show Bigg Boss.

 28 Debashree Roy

Debashree Roy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

Debashree Roy is an Indian dancer, choreographer, actress, animal rights activist, and politician. Best known for her work in the Bengali film industry, Debashree Roy has won several awards like the National Film Award. She is credited with establishing the Debasree Roy Foundation, which aims at helping stray animals.

 29 Begum Hazrat Mahal

Begum Hazrat Mahal
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Famous As: Wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah
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.

 30 Ramya

Ramya
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Famous As: Actor, Politician
Birthdate: November 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bangalore

 31 Pramila Jayapal

Pramila Jayapal
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India

Pramila Jayapal is a politician who has been serving as the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington's 7th district since 2017. She is the first woman of Indian origin to serve as the U.S. Representative. She is also the current Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. From 2015 to 2016, Jayapal served in the Washington Senate from the 37th district. 

 32 Malavika Avinash

Malavika Avinash
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Famous As: Actress, Politician
Birthdate: January 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

 33 Vasundhara Raje

Vasundhara Raje
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, India

 34 Sripriya

Sripriya
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

 35 Roopa Ganguly

Roopa Ganguly
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

 36 Aruna Asaf Ali

Aruna Asaf Ali
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Famous As: Indian Independence Activist, Educator
Birthdate: July 16, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kalka, Punjab, India
Died: July 29, 1996

 37 Vyjayanthimala

Vyjayanthimala
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Famous As: Film actress, Politician
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.   

 38 Vanisri

Vanisri
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 3, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nellore, Madras Presidency, British India

 39 Jamuna

Jamuna
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 30, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hampi, Karnataka, India

 40 Isha Koppikar

Isha Koppikar
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

 41 Najma Heptulla

Najma Heptulla
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 13, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bhopal, Bhopal State, British India

 42 Priyadarshini Raje Scindia

Priyadarshini Raje Scindia
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Famous As: Wife of Minister of Civil Aviation and Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: India

 43 Phoolan Devi

Phoolan Devi
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Famous As: Politician, Brigand
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. 

 44 Kavitha

Kavitha
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nidamarru, Andhra Pradesh, India

 45 Vijaya Raje Scindia

Vijaya Raje Scindia
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Famous As: Known popularly as the Rajmata of Gwalior
Birthdate: October 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: January 25, 2001

 46 Vennira Aadai Nirmala

Vennira Aadai Nirmala
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India

 47 Ameeta Singh

Ameeta Singh
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 48 Asiya Andrabi

Asiya Andrabi
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Famous As: Kashmiri separatist and founding leader of Dukhtaran-e-Millat
Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

 49 Shreyasi Singh

Shreyasi Singh
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Famous As: Sport shooter, Politician
Birthdate: August 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

 50 Krishna Poonia

Krishna Poonia
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Famous As: Athletics competitor, Politician
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.