12 Most Popular, Inspiring Indian Women who Made India Proud

Over the years women’s had set the benchmarks and also have made the world proud with their achievements. Women’s have been never less but always an example of being strength name. From a housewife to a professional young or older woman, all age group ladies have made their roles fulfilled with justification. It would be a wrong saying if we would still compare men and women, as women’s with equity has been contributed themselves to divergent roles in this world. And some of the admiring gem ladies we are going to take a look on who has been devoting themselves with tremendous achievements which proves that a woman is never being weak but the strongest and powerful souls across the world.

For Indian women maybe we have a myth set in our brains of being more or less they are good housewives, however with an old era to present we do have some bold character list with us which will prove that Indian women’s are being good at all roles, So let’s see the 12 powerful and Inspiring Indian Women who made India Proud (with their achievements)

Before moving further with some of the greatest achievers, let us once highlight the special day of women’s, which is celebrated with their social, economic, cultural and political achievements across the globe (8th March since the 1900s.)

1.) Rani Lakshmi Bai

Rani of Jhansi

To start with is one of the powerful and fearless Rani Laxmi Bai who was known as ‘Jhansi Ki Rani’, the leading warrior of India who fought for India’s independence against the British Raj. She was born in Varanasi on 19th November 1828, and at age four she started facing her struggling and most crucial phase of her life when she lost her mother.From that phase of life of her childhood, she grew to be an independent and courageous girl by her father. Being a fighter she was an unpredictable and surprising leader and showed British an extraordinary fighting spirit and valor in battles fought at Jhansi.

Achievement: Rani Laxmi Bai was one of the popular and major figures in Indian Rebellion of the year 1857 and became for the Indian nationalist a symbol of resistance to the British Raj. She was also famous for being a symbol of woman manhood where a famous line has been devoted in her respect “Khoob Ladi mardani wo to Jhansi wali rani thi”.


2.) Neerja Bhanot

The Indian model and was also a purser for the airline Pan America World Airways Neerja Bhanot was a young soul who was born on 7th September 1963 in Chandigarh. As at her young age she was shot and killed while saving the passengers from the terrorists during her duty where her board hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 on 5th September 1986, the disaster part she was killed two days before her 23rd birthday. Despite, of her cabin crew job she had a successful modeling career along with that.

Achievement: She saved the lives of the passengers and also the hostages during that hijacking of 5th September 1986; with her courage, she fulfilled a failure of that hijacking and also by preventing the plane gets off the ground. With her sharp and clever steps, she actively hides the passports of American passengers from the terrorists, as she became the youngest recipient of India’s highest peacetime military award of bravery, the Ashok Chakra. Also, she was being honored with other accolades from the Government of Pakistan and United States.


3.) Sunita Williams


Moving further, our next woman star is our Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams who was born on 19th September 1965, to Sunita Pandya Krishan an Indian Family in Massachusetts. She was graduated from Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts, in 1983. And later she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical science from the United States Naval Academy in 1987, and also Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology in 1995.

Achievement: Sunita is very popular in NASA, who has set the record for the longest space flight by a woman; also she holds the record for the total spacewalk by a woman (seven) and spacewalk time for a woman (50 hours 40 minutes). She was honored with an award Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vishwa Pratibha award by Gujarati society.


4.) Bachendri Pal

In every field, women are just growing from the tag of being normal housewives they have showed the worldwide that they are never less but more. With the next world of an achievement list, we have Bachendri Pal the first Indian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest in the year 1984. She was born on 24th May 1954 in a village named Nakuri in the Himalayas in Uttarkashi. At the age of 12, she had an interest and taste of mountaineering thrill, along with her friends on a school picnic.

Achievement: She is the first Indian woman who became to reach the summit of Mount Everest; also along with this as young she was also the first women who graduate in her village. Currently, this mountaineer is promoting an adventure in Indian and being a role model for many adventure lovers. She had proved that a woman has the ability to excel in any field given she has willpower.


5.) Kalpana Chawla

From another scientific field, we do have a second name with a woman achiever who made India proud with her achievement Kalpana Chawla. With her broader smile, this astronaut was born on 1st July 1961, in Karnal. She was the youngest child of her four brother sister. In her academics, she obtained her degree in aeronautical engineering from Punjab Engineering College before immigrating to the US.

Achievement: In her achievement, she first flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997, as a mission specialist also primary robotic arm operator. During her Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, she died in 2003. She is one of the most encouraging women In Indian histories for many young girls.


6.) Kiran Bedi

An Iron lady, Kiran Bedi is a true icon of heroism. Kiran Bedi was born on 9th June 1949, in Amritsar Punjab. She did her schooling from Sacred Heart Convent school Amritsar and done her graduation with the English language from Government College.

Achievement: She is the first Indian woman who joined Indian Police services, as she has been made known for her strong decisions also she founded two NGO’s for the welfare and preventative policing in the year 1988 also she started India Vision Foundation for the prison information, drug abuse prevention, and child welfare. She has been also national junior tennis champion in the year 1966 during her teenage.


7.) P. T. Usha

Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha born on 27th June 1964 also famous with the name of P.T. Usha, she is a retired Indian track and field athlete. From the running sports world, she has been an achiever from the state of Kerala. She has been named with “queen of Indian track and field and also payyoli Express. In her initial career, she was first noticed in the year 1976 by O.M Nambiar, an athlete coach.

Achievements: In her biggest achievement she represented India in 10th Asian Games held at Seoul in the year 1986, with winning 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal in the track and field events. Also, she became the first Indian women to reach the Olympic event by winning her 400m hurdles semi-final. Presently this strong athlete is running a school named Usha School of Athletics at Koyilandy in Kerala.


8.) Shankutla Devi

Shankuntla device was an Indian writer born on 4th November 1929, Banglore. In spite of writer, she is a mathematical genius also as also known as “human computer”. One of the amazing facts of her life was being a daughter of a circus performer in southern Indian family; still, she was a genius with her effortlessly mathematical calculations results. She was also a successful astrologer and authored several books. Being a writer she wrote numbers of books also some great novels which were based on mathematics, puzzles, and astrology.

Achievement: This expertise of writing and the mental calculator was famous and known as the “Human-computer”. Also, she had earned a place in an edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.


9.) Bhakti Sharma

From the world of swimming, we have Bhakti Sharma who is the first Asian woman and youngest soul to set the record in open swimming in Antarctic waters. She was born in Mumbai and brought in Udaipur. With the degree of Communication management and commerce her passion made her lead her achievement.

At age of 2 she started swimming, and after crossing the various competitions, she succeeded to achieve her main goal.

Achievement: Her achievement made her India’s and (Asia’s) first ever woman to swim at 1.4 miles, in the Antarctic Ocean in 52 minutes which is an edge break world record, from then, has conquered all the five oceans of the world.


10.) Tessy Thomas

The “Missile Woman of India” Tessy Thomas born in the year 1963 in Alappuzha, Kerala, from the age 13 her father was suffered from a stroke which left his right side paralyzed. Still, she completed her studies in St. Michael’s Higher Secondary School and also St. Joseph’s Girls Higher Secondary school.

Achievement: She is an Indian scientist, also the Project Director for Agni-IV missile in Defence Research and Development Organization. As in her achievement record, she is the first woman scientist who has been to head a missile project in India.


11.) Priyanka Chopra

With all these achiever listings, how we can skip a strong and an amazing actress from entertainment world Priyanka Chopra. It won’t be justified is saying that she is a self-made star from Bollywood to Hollywood. As this star woman born on 18th July 1982 in Jamshedpur Bihar (Jharkhand), from her countless performances, she busies taking over the world.

Achievement: As she is an individual star who has been an achiever and just grown up her with career graph throughout and now scoring the lead role in a prime-time American TV show. Also, she has been winning the People’s Choice Awards for the ‘Favorite Actress in New TV Series’.


12.) Sindhutai Sapkalhas

The lady is affectionately known as the “Mother of Orphans”, as she is an Indian social worker and social activist. Still, with not being from strong background she is known for her particularly raising orphaned children in India. The lady born on 14th November 1948 in Pune, with her very early age of ten she was married to Shrihari Sapkal alias Harbaji. She bore three sons by that time she was turned twenty. Being on very difficult and crucial stage of her pregnancy time she had faced a lot of trouble and also not be getting a shelter.

Achievement: She devoted her entire life to raising 1050 orphan children. She was conferred a Doctorate Literature by the DY Patil Institute of Technology and Research in 2016.