The status of women in society in ancient India was higher than that of men. Status of women was dynamic since the Vedic era.No matter what age or which century, women have shown their strength and abilities in one or another form. Some of the great examples of women who stood right during their time are here.

As we are now in 2020 we have noticed women’s various positions since the Vedic period. On account of International Women’s Day falls on 8th March every year. We have dedicated one article on women who made a fantabulous contribution to the education sector.

VEDIC PERIOD –  GargiA renowned philosopher of the Vedic era

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Gargi-First Female Guru

Gargi was the daughter of sage Vachknavi who was a great philosopher. In the Vedic era,  Gargi was honored as a great Philosopher. She was known as Brahmavadini which means someone who has the Brahma knowledge.

She had the knowledge to awaken her own soul. All learned scholars were invited to take part in the Rajsuya Yagna at Maharaja Janak’s Kingdom.

During the debate when many other Rishi’s lost to Rishi Yajnavalkya, Gargi was able to give him all the satisfactory answers. She was also honored as one of NAVRATNA in the court of King Janak of Mithila. And considered as one of the most powerful women and her contributions lie in Rigved. She was a true feminist of her time.

MEDIEVAL PERIOD – Dr. Anandibai Joshi: The First Female Doctor of India

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Dr. Anandibai Joshi

She was the first woman physician in India and to go abroad for foreign education. She pursued her degree in medicine from the USA which was a 2-year course.

At the mere age of 21, she passed away due to TB. At a very young age, she was honored with a congratulatory letter from Queen Victoria. A crater of Venus is named after her in her honor. Recently Google honored here with Google Doodle on her 153rd birth anniversary. Her life is an inspiration to many women even today.

POST INDEPENDENCE – Durba Banerjee: First Indian Woman Pilot

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Durba Banerjee

Durba Banerjee was the first Indian woman commercial pilot and the first pilot in Indian Airlines. She was passionate about flying planes since childhood and use to make paper planes during her childhood.

She broke the stereotype by becoming the first Indian woman pilot. These days it is easy to get training to become pilots. What remains important is setting an example to do it. That is exactly what Durba Banerjee did.

AT PRESENT -: Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh: South East Region Director, WHO 

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Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh

Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh is the Regional Director of the WHO South-East Asia Region. She is currently serving her second five-year term in office following unanimous reelection by the Region’s 11 Member States in September 2018. The 144th Session of the WHO Executive Board formally appointed her to the position on 26 January 2019. Dr. Khetrapal Singh is an Indian national and the first woman to hold the post.


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