Famous women in Indian history | 10 inspiring history

These famous women in Indian history are the real icons of India. They have influenced Indian civilization and fellowship.

All of them stood against the majority of the men who used to give almost no place for women socially. Today every woman in India adore their contribution toward the country and their power. The fearless souls carried successful responsibility in their life respectively. Their stories had been inspiring not just for women, but the kids at young age. Therefore, each get a pierced lesson on their life.

Famous women in Indian history

famous women in indian history
famous women in Indian history

1. Rajmata Jijau

Famous women in Indian history | jijau bhosale

Rajmata Jijau or Jijamata (January 12, 1598–June 17, 1674) was also known as Jijabai. She was born in a small village, Sindhkhed. The daughter of the royal family, Mahalasabai and Lakhuji Jadhav. Her father was military commander of Nizam Shahi Sultan.

Early in the 16th century, a woman with a brave heart and the quality of equality brought the anti-caste movement to India. She got married at the age of 7 (child marriage was common everywhere in the world). [1] Sindhkhed Raja was the place where she was born, and the discussion of the marriage of Jijau and Shahaji Maharaj took place there. Keep reading

2. Ahilya Bai Holkar

Famous women in Indian history | Ahilya bai holkar
Famous women in Indian history | Ahilya bai holkar | Image credit to Wikipedia

Malwa (Maratha) queen of India Ahilya Bai Holkar (31 May 1725 – 13 Aug 1795), the fearless character who renovated many Hindu temples in India. She was the one who did not give up even after the death of her husband and later death of her father-in-law Malhar Rao Holkar (Nobel subhedar of Maratha Empire). Keep Reading

3. Anandi Gopalrao Joshi

Famous women in Indian history | Anandi joshi
Famous women in Indian history | Anandi joshi

Anandi Joshi was born in Kalyan and her real name was Yamuna (The name derived from Sacred Yamuna River). She was considerably from a rich family in her grandparent’s era. She got married to the person who was almost 20 years elder due to her mother’s forceful decision and choice. It did not happen only with her, as it was one of the traditions in India during the 18’s century.

A20 years old who had great support from her passionate husband was sent to the US for medical study, she was the only woman and the first lady from India. In her story, she is one of the women who have been inspiring millions today. She was a married woman at the age of 9, but the marriage was done as a conversational bond between her friends, family.

Her husband told her that she has to study after marriage, and this proposal was from her husband, Gopalrao Joshi got married on this promise alone. Continue reading

4. Savitribai Jyotiba Phule

Famous women in Indian history | savitribai phule
Famous women in Indian history | Savitribai Phule

Her full name Savitribai Jyotiba Phule (b. 3 Jan 1831 — d. 10 March 1897) was one of the gods gifted Indian educationalist and wife of great social reformer Jyotiba Phule (she got married at the age of 9). Immense contribution of both husband and wife. Their work was countless to the Indian education system and traditional reformation.

Both made people aware of unnecessary customs that were dangerous to humanity and their success. The family of Phule had become the first who brought awareness of education system and its importance of girl’s education in future.

Savitri also joined hands with her husband as a social reformer. (you would love reading B. R. Ambedkar, who was The Man Of Freedom, a Religious Teacher, Liberty Lover And Believer In Equality And Fraternity). Continue reading

5. Sarojini Naidu

Famous women in Indian history | Sarojini Naidu
Famous women in Indian history | Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu (b. 13 Feb 1879 — d. 2 March 1949) was a not only Indian political leader, activist but also a great poet as well as a woman of India and celebrated nationally.

She was one of the key figures of the Indian independence movement. Naidu aimed to help diminish the rule of the British in India during the years 1912–1947. a prominent follower of Mahatma Gandhi and his cultural ideology, not only like a true and obedient student. But also complete support for Gandhi in all aspects of decision-making in order to create a better India. Read more

6. Janaki Ammal

Famous women in Indian history | Janaki Ammal
Janaki Ammal

Padmashee recipient and the first Indian botanist, Janaki Ammal (b. 4 November 1897—d. 7 February 1984), was the illegal daughter of a sub-judge of Kerala (Tellicherry, Kannur Dist). Janaki’s father, Edavalath Kakkat Krishnan was a garden lover.

Ammal's interest in plant science is likely what sparked her passionate and devoted career. Her fervent interest led her to the University of Michigan at a time when Indian women were not expected to prioritize education. She had completed her education at "Sacred Heart Convent" in Thalassery, which was a city with a lot of undergrowth, was moderately populated, was located on the Malabar Coast, and offered stunning views of the setting sun. Keep reading Janaki

7. Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi's letter to her father
Famous women in Indian history | Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi (b. 19 November 1917 to 31st Oct 1984) was 3rd Prime Minister of India. And was the first female who had become India’s President (1966―1977 again in 1980―1984). The president who was very much bound to her promise that had never refrained from under the pressure of someone. Even a threat from her blood. She had a shower of blessings from her beloved father and had learned to make her decision.

There was a passionate letter exchange between Indira and Jawaharlal Nehru. The words of wisdom and powerful learning at an early age. The politically stabled woman once had gone for war with Pakistan and returned with a victory. The war had resulted in formation of nature and waterways into Bangladesh (one of the populated countries) with the existence of Padma and Meghana rivers. Keep reading

8. Shakuntala Devi

Famous women in Indian history | shakuntala devi
Famous women in Indian history | Shakuntala devi

Shakuntala Devi (b. 4 Nov 1929 — d 21 April 2013) Indian writer, numerologist and famous for her god gifted brain of the fastest human calculator (Guinness world record 1982). This was a prodigious gift to India in the late 19s when India was progressing to achieve its presence globally. Devi was just three years old when she had discovered her talent of calculating the numbers in seconds. Read more

9. Kamala Das

Famous women in Indian history | Kamala Das
Famous women in Indian history | Kamala Das

The real name of Indian writer, poet and failed politician Kamala Das (b. 31 March 1934 — d. 31 May 2009) was Kamala Surayya. And most of her Malayalam writings by pen name, MadhaviKutty. Her most liked subjects in writing reckoning child education, political issues and labouring women related topics.

Das was daughter of managing editor of widely newspaper, Matrubhumi (one of the famous Malayalam Daily) V. M. Nair and Poet Nalapat Balamani Amma. The Young soul of Kamala soon wrapped through the meaningful words breathes thousands of emotional and creative thoughts. At the very young age, Kamala swiftly acquired safest places for super vision under uncle Nelapat menon (7 Oct 1887 – 31 Oct 1954) who already had well settled within other well-known poets of India. Continue Kamala Das

10. Kalpana Chawla

Famous women in Indian history | Kalpana Chawla
Famous women in Indian history | Kalpana Chawla

Kalpana Chawla, who lived from 17 March 1962-2 February 2003, was a person with a boyish demeanor, a technical mind, and a constant desire to fix things around the house. Whenever there are requirements of ideas or imaginations or want to think about something out of the box. Kalpana was always the first choice of her teacher and always been recommended in her workspace.

In addition to this, she was a good reader, loved backpacking and hiking. But her huge passion for counting stars and getting a ride in planes was one of her childhood dreams. Keep Reading Kalpana