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Ten of the Most Influential Women of India

These are some of the most memorable women from India, who have made their mark in politics, arts, sports, and literature. Their fame isn't limited to the boundaries of India, but they are lauded for their achievements all over the world.

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Rani Lakshmibai (1828-1858)

Rani Lakshmibai (1828-1858)

She was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and for Indian nationalists a symbol of resistance to the rule of the British East India Company in the subcontinent. She was known as the Rani of Jhansi. She lost her life in war, at the age of 29.

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Sarojini Naidu (1879-1949)

Sarojini Naidu (1879-1949)

Most commonly known as the Nightingale of India, Sarojini Naidu was a freedom activist and a well known poet of India. She was the first female governor of Province of Independent India. He was also the first Indian female president of Indian National Congress.

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Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)

Indira Gandhi (1917-1984)

The strongest Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi was the first and only woman to hold the office. She is marked in history for her historical decisions in her ruling period such as Emergency (1975), Shimla Contract (1972), Operation Blue Star (1984).

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Sonia Gandhi (1946 - )

Sonia Gandhi (1946 - )

Sonia Gandhi is considered the brand ambassedor of current Indian Woman Politics. She is working as the chairperson of Indian National Congress since 1998. She is also the widow of Rajiv Gandhi, the former Prime Minister of India.

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Vandana Shiva (1952 - )

Vandana Shiva (1952 - )

Vandana Shiva is an highly influential environment activist and ant-globalization author of India. The struggle policies to abandon deforestation have gained international popularity to this leader. She was one of the major leader of Chipko Movement of 1970s.

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Medha Patkar (1954- )

Medha Patkar (1954- )

Medha Patkar is an influential social activist and social reformer of india. She is the founder member of Narmada Bachao Andholan which formed for the motive of protecting Narmada river. She worked as the representative of World Commission of Dams for the research of social, environmental and economic impacts of dams.

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Mira Nair (1957 - )

Mira Nair (1957 - )

It wouldn't be wrong to call Mira Nait the most influential female filmmaker of India. She has done movies which gained international attention and applause. She recieved Golden Camera award from Cannes Film Festival, France. She has also been honoured with Padma Bushan by Government of India.

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Arundhati Roy (1961- )

Arundhati Roy (1961- )

One of the most influential Indian female political activist and authors is Arundhati Roy. She is a secular humanist and environmental activist of the nation. She was honoured with Man Booker Price in 1998 for her novel The God of Small Things.

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Kalpana Chawla (1962 - 2003)

Kalpana Chawla (1962 - 2003)

An inspiration to many, Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian woman in space. She was an Astronaut of NASA. She tragically lost her life in the space accident of Space Shuttle Columbia.

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Sania Mirza (1986 - )

Sania Mirza (1986 - )

Sania Mirza highest ever ranked female tennis player from India. She has hte Australian Open , French Open, and US Open all under her belt. She was named in the Most Influential Indian Women list by The Economic Times.

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