1. Savitribai Phule — became India's first woman teacher and started India’s first school for girls.
2. Captain Prem Mathur — the first woman pilot in India.
3. Justice Anna Chandy — the first female judge in India, and the first woman in India to become a High Court judge.
4. Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit — the first woman (and first Indian) president of the United Nations General Assembly.
5. Sarojini Naidu — the "Nightingale of India."
6. Durgabai Deshmukh – fervently fought for women's rights
7. Anandi Gopal Joshi – the first Indian woman to get a degree in western medicine.
8. Asima Chatterjee — the first Indian woman to receive a Doctorate of Science from an Indian university.
9. Sucheta Kriplani, the first woman chief minister in India.
10. Captain Lakshmi Sahgal — Indian independence revolutionary.
11. Rani Lakshmibai — led rebellion against the British.
12. Kittur Chennamma — led an armed rebellion against the East India Company.
13. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay — social activist and Indian freedom fighter.
Andre Borges is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Mumbai.
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