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Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian American astronaut and she was also the first Indian woman in space. On November 19, 1997 she was a a part of the six-astronaut crew that flew the Space Shuttle Columbia flight STS-87.
In 1966, Reita Faria went on to become the first Indian and Asian to win the Miss World title. Not only this she is also the only beauty queen till date who qualified as a doctor during her reign!!
Devika Rani is was the first Indian actress to have acted in the longest kissing scene in the movie world with her husband Himanshu Rai in the movie Karma.
Arundhati Roy became to be known as the author of the celebrated novel 'The God of Small Things' which went on to make her become the first Indian citizen to win the Man Booker Prize, 1997.
PT Usha nicknamed the Payyoli Express, became the first Indian woman to reach the final of an Olympic event.
Saina Nehwal became the first Indian woman to win a Super Series title, the highest category in badm
'Crane Bedi' or Kiran Bedi was the first woman to join the elite Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1972. Ahead of her times she now an activist and an icon for many.
In 2000, Jhumpa Lahiri became the first Indian woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize,in Fiction for her collection of short stories, 'Interpreter of Maladies'.
Indira Gandhi was the first woman of India who received the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the Republic of India, in 1971. Not only this she was also the first women Prime Minister of India.
Pratibha Devisingh Patil is an Indian first woman to hold the office and serve as the 12th President of India from 2007 to 2012.
Naina Lal Kidwai was the first Indian woman to graduate from the Harvard Business School.
Mitali Raj became the first Indian woman cricketer to score a double century in Tests.
Premlata Aggarwal is the first Indian woman to conquer the top peaks of the seven continents which are also popularly called the 'Seven Summits'.
India's first women in air and India's first lady pilot was the dashing and courageous, Sarla Thakral. She was only 21 year old when she achieved that sky.
Nirupama Vaidyanathan, the first Indian woman tennis player to win a singles match in a Grand Slam.
Karnam Malleswari became India's first woman to win an Olympic medal in women's 69kg weightlifting.
Punita Arora became the first woman to have earned the Lieutenant General's rank in the world's third largest army.
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit was the first Indian woman to hold a cabinet post.
Sania Mirza is the first and only Indian woman to win a WTA singles title. The first Indian to win a WTA Tour title of any kind; and, by winning the 2009 Australian Open - Mixed Doubles Event, she became the first Indian woman to win a Grand Slam title (the first two being Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes).