Indian Women Political Leaders

Throughout history, there have been many Indian women political leaders who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Indian female political leaders such as Indira Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Shabana Azmi.

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 1 Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi
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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.

 2 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.

 3 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.

 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 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.

 7 Mamata Banerjee

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

Jayalalitha Jayaram
4
Famous As: Indian Politician
Birthdate: February 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melukote, India
Died: December 5, 2016

 9 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

 10 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.

 11 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.

 12 Mayawati

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

 13 Rakhi Sawant

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

 14 Sumalata

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

 15 Jayasudha

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

 16 Mimi Chakraborty

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

 17 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

 18 Nusrat Jahan

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

 19 Roja

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

 20 Sumitra Mahajan

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

 21 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

 22 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.

 23 Jaya Bachchan

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

 24 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. 

 25 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.

 26 Ramya

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

 27 Malavika Avinash

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

 28 Vasundhara Raje

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

 29 Sripriya

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

 30 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.   

 31 Vanisri

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

 32 Jamuna

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

 33 Najma Heptulla

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

 34 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

 35 Kavitha

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

 36 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

 37 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

 38 Ameeta Singh

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

 39 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

 40 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.

 41 Kamal Rani Varun

Kamal Rani Varun
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: August 2, 2020

 42 Soni Sori

Soni Sori
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: April 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bade Bedma, Chhattisgarh, India

 43 Nellie Sengupta

Nellie Sengupta
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Famous As: Englishwoman who fought for Indian Independence
Birthdate: January 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Died: October 23, 1973

 44 Vidya Stokes

Vidya Stokes
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Famous As: Politician
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.

 45 Janaki Venkataraman

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

 46 P. K. Jayalakshmi

P. K. Jayalakshmi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Valat, Kerala, India

 47 Ghazala Lari

Ghazala Lari
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Famous As: MLA from Rampur Karkhana Assembly Constituency of Deoria
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Lar, Uttar Pradesh, India