Top 10 Indian Women – Politics, Sports, Corporate, Science and Social Reform

Maya Angelou’s words, “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” has defined success in a very simple and deep manner. In this blog, we are providing you with Top 10 Indian Women from the fields of Politics, Sports, Banking and Corporate, Science and Social Reform/Activists who have lived Maya Angelou’s words.

The Names given Top 10 Indian Women list are acting as inspiration and motivation for both Men and Women all over the world. These Women and their work is a testament to the potential of Women and what they can achieve.

Top 10 Indian women List given below is not exclusive. There many other equally powerful women in below mentioned and many other fields.

We have listed the names in alphabetical order for each category. This is to avoid ranking these wonder women in any order. It means all these Women are equally wonderful.

Top 10 Indian Women in Banking and Corporate sector

Arundhati Bhattacharya She is the first woman to be the Chairman of State Bank of India and was listed as the 25th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
Chitra Ramakrishna She was the first woman Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Stock Exchange and has also Won Forbes’ Women Leader of the year (2013)
Ekta Kapoor She is one of the most celebrated content producers of India. Also referred to as Content Czarina, she is the joint MD of Balaji Telefilms and has brought a revolution on Indian Small Screen Industry.
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw She is the Chairperson and MD of Biocon Limited, and the chairperson of Indian Institute of Management, IIM Bangalore. She has featured in the Financial Times’ top 50 women in business list and the FORBES list.
Naina Lal Kidwai The former President of FICCI and now GM HSBC Holdings Plac., has not just excelled in banking but has also secured for herself the prestigious, Padma Shri Award.
Rekha Menon Rekha M. Menon is the Chairman and Senior Managing Director at Accenture in India. A thought leader, an active voice for social causes and an industry influencer, Rekha is responsible for forging and maintaining Accenture’s relationships with key external stakeholders. (from
Roshni Nadar Malhotra Roshni Nadar Malhotra is the Executive Director and the CEO of HCL Enterprise. In 2017, she was ranked 51th on the Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list
Shobhana Bhartiya Shobhana Bhartia is the Chairperson and Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times Group, one of India’s newspaper and media houses. She was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha in the year 2006. She was awarded the Padma Shri Award in 2005.
Vinita Bali Vinita Bali is an Indian businesswoman who was the Managing Director of Britannia Industries Limited. She was awarded the “Business Woman of the Year” Award at the 2009 Economic Times Awards.
Zia Mody Zia Mody is an Indian corporate lawyer and businesswoman. She is considered an authority on corporate merger and acquisition law, securities law, private equity and project finance.

Top 10 Indian Women in Politics

Mamata Banerjee She is the Chief Minister of West Bengal. It is her second term as Bengal CM. She is the president of the Trinamool Congress Party.
Mayawati She is head of the Bahujan Samaj Party. She is also a former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (State with Highest Population).
Mehbooba Mufti She is the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. She is president of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party.
Nirmala Sitharaman She is the Defence Minister of India. She is the second female to hold this position. She is from the Bhartiya Janata Party. She is a member of Rajya Sabha.
Priyanka Gandhi She is the General Secretary of AICC (All India Congress Committee). She is one of the most popular Women leaders of Congress Party.
Sheila Dikshit She is the former Chief Minister of New Delhi. She was the longest serving Chief Minister of New Delhi (15 years).
Sonia Gandhi She is the leader and former president of the Congress Party. She was the president of the party for 19 years.
Sumitra Mahajan She is the Speaker of Lok Sabha. She belongs to the Bhartiya Janta Party. In 2014, she was elected to the Lok Sabha for 8th Time.
Sushma Swaraj She is the Foreign Minister of India. She is from the Bhartiya Janta Party. She was also a Supreme Court Lawyer.
Vasundhara Raje She is the former Chief Minister of Rajasthan. She is from the Bhartiya Janta Party. She became the first female Chief Minister of Rajasthan in 2003.

Top 10 Indian Women in Science

BP Dakshayanai She is known as India’ Rocket Women. She was involved in India’s Maras Mission – Mangalyaan.
Dr Aditi Sen De She is the winner 2019 Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Prize. Her field of study is Quantum Information and Computation, Quantum optics, Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, and Condensed Matter Physics.
Dr Suman Sahai She is a Padma Shri Award Winner. She is the founder of the Gene Campaign. The campaign is aimed at improving the food and nutritional habits along with the livelihoods of Rural communities in India
Indira Hinduja She is a gynaecologist, obstetrician and infertility specialist from Mumbai. She is credited for the birth fo India’s first GIFT baby (Test tube baby)
Prerna Sharma She is an assistant professor in the Indian Institute of Science. For her work in 2-dimensional physics, she featured in the Forbes’ 30-under-30 list for commendable work.
Shubha Tole She is the winner of the Infosys Prize (2014) and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prize (2010). Her field of work is related to understanding if genetic defects like autism and epilepsy through the study of genetic mechanisms.
Soumya Swaminathan Soumya Swaminathan is an Indian Paediatrician and Clinical Scientist known for her work in Tuberculosis. She has been appointed as the Deputy Director General of Programmes (DDP) at the World Health Organization
Tesse Thomas She is known as the ‘Missile Woman of India’. She was the Project Director for Agni IV and Agni V missile development.
Usha Barwale Zehr She is the creator of India’s first GM food – Bt. Brinjal. She is the Director and Chief Technology Officer at Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company Private Limited (MAHYCO)
Yamuna Krishnan She is the winner of the prestigious Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar prize for her contribution in the field of bionanotechnology. She makes experimental machines from DNA.

Top 10 Indian Women Social Activists

Adhunika Prakash She is the founder and CEO of Breastfeeding Support for Indian Mothers (BSIM). She works for raising awareness about the importance of breastfeeding and the various policies that need to change in the country to enable and protect breastfeeding.
Chetna Sinha She is the founder of “Mann Deshi Bank”. It provides financial aid to rural women, making them truly empowered. So far, the bank and its eight branches have empowered more than 3,00,000 women through 140 field facilitators.
Dr Rani Bang She and her husband Dr Abhay Bang are the founders of SEARCH (Society for Education, Action & Research in Community Health). They have dedicated their lives to the social and educational upliftment of areas in the tribal district of Gadchiroli, Maharashtra.
Laxmi Agarwal She is an activist working for Acid Attack Survivors. She herself is a survivor. She recently received International Women Empowerment Award 2019 from IWES, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Unicef for her campaign Stop Sale Acid.
Maya Vishwakarma She is Popularly known as the “PadWoman of India”. She started the Sukarma Foundation in 2016, to create awareness around menstruation, promote the importance of using sanitary napkins and busting the stigma and myths around it.
Rukmani Rao She is a Social and Rural Development Activist. Her work for the protection of women from Domestic Abuse is noteworthy. She has won the Readers’ Choice award at the recently held Femina Awards in the Social Impact category.
Sandhya Menon She is one of the Leading voices in India’s #MeToo Movement. She is an activist and freelance journalist. Her revelations against senior journalists encouraged many others to come forward with their stories.
Shaheen Mistri Shaheen Mistri is a social activist and educator. She is the founder of Akanksha Foundation, an Indian non-profit educational initiative in Mumbai and Pune, and is also the CEO of Teach For India since 2008
Sindhu Tai Sapkal Sindhutai Sapkal, affectionately known as the “Mother of Orphans”,[1] is an Indian social worker and social activist known particularly for her work in raising orphaned children in India. She is the winner of Nari Shakti award 2017.
Sonal Kapoor She started the Protsahan India Foundation, with a vision to eradicate child abuse, by breaking the intergenerational cycle of child abuse and poverty in urban and rural India. Over the past 8-9 years, the foundation has rescued and rehabilitated more than 19,000 children.

Top 10 Indian Women in Sports

Heena Sidhu She became the first Indian pistol shooter to reach number one in world rankings by
the International Shooting Sports Federation. On 28 August 2014, Sidhu was awarded the Arjuna
Hima Das She is also known as Dhing Express, is an Indian sprint runner. She holds the current Indian
national record in 400 metres with a timing of 50.79 s that she clocked at the 2018 Asian
Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a track event at the IAAF World U20 Championships.
Manika Batra Manika Batra is an Indian table tennis player. She is the top-ranked female table tennis player in India and ranked 47th in the world. She has represented India in Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and South Asian Games.
MC Mary Com She is an Indian Olympic boxer. Mary Kom is famed as a six-time World Boxing Champion and the only boxer to win a medal in every one of the seven world championships. She is a recipient of Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna Award and many more.
Mithali Raj She is an Indian cricketer and the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team in Tests
and ODI. She is regarded as one of the greatest batswomen to have ever played the game, she is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket. She has been awarded Padma Shri and Arjuna Award for Cricket.
P V Sindhu She is an Indian professional badminton player. She has been awarded Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Arjuna Award for Badminton. She was the Gold medal winner at 2018 World Badminton Championship.
Rahi Sarnobat She is an athlete who competes in the event of 25 meters pistol shooting. In 2018, she became the first Indian woman individual Asian games gold medallist in shooting by winning the 25-meter pistol event with a game’s record score of 34.
Saina Nehwal She is a professional badminton singles player. She has won over 24 international titles, which include eleven Superseries titles. She has been honoured with the Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Padma Bhushan.
Smriti Mandhana She is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Indian women’s national team. In December 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) awarded the best female cricketer of the year award. She was also named the ODI Player of
the Year by the ICC at the same time.
Vinesh Phogat She is a female wrestler. She became the first Indian woman wrestler to win Gold in both Commonwealth and Asian games. She has been awarded the Arjuna Award and the Padma

(Wikipedia, The Better India and ScoopWhoop have been referred to for the above information)

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