Live! Watch #WomenwillToday and join the movement to erase the gender gap|Womenwill /today at Global Citizen India – 2017


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Womenwill /today is a conference exploring innovative ways we can erase gender gaps. Hosted at the Global Citizen Festival India, Mumbai. View the live stream here on November 19, 10am (GMT+5:30).


First women’s court in In/dia: Malda, West Bengal
Graduates: Kadambini Ganguly and Chandramukhi Basu, 1883
The first woman honours graduate: Kamini Roy, 1886
Head of an undergraduate academic institution: Chandramukhi Basu, 1888
Honours graduate: Kamini Roy (1886)
Pilot a locomotive engine (train driver): Surekha Yadav
Chairperson of State Bank of India: Arundhati Bhattacharya
Court martialled: Anjali Gupta in 2005
Lawyer: Cornelia Sorabjee (1892), also the first female graduate from Bombay University, and the first woman in the world to read law at Oxford
Photojournalist: Homai Vyarawalla (1913)
Doctorate of Science: Asima Chatterjee (1944)
Chief Justice of a High Court (Himachal Pradesh): Leila Seth, 1991
Air Vice Marshal: Padmavathy Bandopadhyay
Supreme Court judge: Justice M. Fathima Beevi
High Court Judge: Anna Chandy
Woman President of the United Nations General Assembly: Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, 1953
Physician: Kadambini Ganguly, 1886
Airline Pilot: Durba Banerjee
space: Kalpana Chawla aboard Space Shuttle Columbia flight STS-87, on 19 November 1997. She was a naturalized United States citizen, and represented the US during the event.
Nobel Prize winner: Mother Teresa of calcutta in 1979 (Albanian born Indian citizen)
To cross English Channel: Aarti Saha
Monarch of Delhi Sultanate: Razia Sultana (1205–1240) of Mamluk Sultanate (Delhi)
Minister in a government: Rajkumari Amrit Kaur in the Ministry of Health
Speaker of the Lok Sabha: Meira Kumar
Asha Pande, first Indian woman to be the member of Legion of Honour
Anjali Gopalan, first Tamil woman member of the royal French Legion of Honour.
Asian Games gold medal winner: Kamlijit Sandhu
Climb Mount Everest: Bachendri Pal, 1984
Chess Grandmaster: Koneru Humpy, 2002. She was also the youngest woman in the world to become a grandmaster, at 15 years old.
To win 1st round match in a Grand Slam event: Nirupama Vaidyanathan beat Italian Gloria Pizzichini in the first round of the 1998 Australian Open
To reach 4th round (highest as of 2008) of a Grand Slam event: Sania Mirza in the Singles category of the 2005 US Open.
Grand Slam junior title: Sania Mirza (partnering with Russian Alisa Kleybanova) in the doubles category of the 2003 Wimbledon Championships.
Paris Brest Paris Cycling Event: Divya Tate (44): August 2011
Pilot: Harita Kaur Deol .
To Cross Gobi Desert: Sucheta Kadethankar (33): 2011
Reach the final of an Olympic event: P. T. Usha
IAS officer:Isha Basant Joshi
Youngest Ultramarathoner to run a 100 mile race (Himalayas)
Magasasay Award: Kamladevi Chattopadhyay
Bus driver at Delhi Transport Corporation: Sarita

Governance in women

Indian National Congress President: Annie Besant
Prime Minister: Indira Gandhi, 1966
President: Pratibha Patil, 2007
IPS Officer Kiran Bedi
Cabinet Minister in India: Rajkumari Amrit Kaur
Minister in India: Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Chief Minister: Sucheta Kriplani Uttar Pradesh
Governor: Sarojini Naidu (Governor of Uttar Pradesh, 1947–49)
Home Minister of a state: Sabitha Indra Reddy, Andhra Pradesh
Speaker of the Lok Sabha: Meira Kumar
Finance Minister of State Government in India: Dr Upinderjit Kaur, in Punjab Govt.
President: Pratibha Patil (2007–2012)
Director General of Police: Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya
Railway Minister of India: Mamata Banerjee
Fully blind IFS officer: Beno Zephine N L
To join IFS, to be a diplomat, to become the ambassador/High commissioner (also sued the Indian government for gender bias): C. B. Muthamma.
IPS officer, Assam: Yamin Hazarika[
IPS officer, Sikkim: Aparajita Rai

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