Extraordinary Women of India: Happy Women's day

After seeing all the SMSs and Twitter messages, belatedly, but still on time, I have got the idea of collecting together the names of all the Indian women considered special and celebrated through these messages.

Of course, this list can never be comprehensive, but I see it as my monument to the women of India.


  • Indira Gandhi – our first woman Prime Minister
  • Pratibha Patil – our first woman President


  • Vijay Laxmi Pandit – The first lady Ambassador of India


  • All the fighting women in the villages of Rajauri, Poonchh, Doda, Kishtwar who keep the terrorists at bay

Armed Forces, police and other warrior women

  • Punita Arora – first woman in the Indian Army to don highest rank of Lieutenant General
  • Kiran Bedi –┬áIndia’s first and highest ranking (retired in 2007) woman police officer. Shook a lot of trees, changed a lot of things along the way. Continues to work for the rights and awareness of people.

Social Service

  • Ela Bhatt of Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)
  • Late Induben Khakhrawala of IndubenKhakhrawala showed thousands of women to be self empowered

International Relations

  • Vijay Laxmi Pandit – The first lady Ambassador of India


  • Karnam Malleswari – Indian woman wins Olympic medal (bronze- 2000Games Sydney)
  • Sania Nehwal –┬áIndian Khel Ratna winning badminton player currently ranked number 5 in the world by Badminton World Federation


  • Naina Lal Kidwai – first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard


  • Arundhati Roy
  • Medha Patkar


  • Bharati Rao – first DMD of SBI!


  • Meera Nair – director
  • Countless actresses entertaining us, making us think through evocative messages.



  • Our mother, sister, friends and numerous warm, loving and brave women who make our lives special in their own ways.
  • Teachers. So many of them are women.
  • Nurses.
  • The countless women of India serving to promote honor and dignity, reaching out, leading to a better future.
  • Every woman of India, for being part of what makes India what it is.
  • The rising acceptance of the feminine in India and the world within both men and women.

Do add your recommendations for inclusion in the comments. Who are the women of India to celebrate on this special day?

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