Women’s Day 2022: Most influential female political leaders in India


First Indian actress who served six times as the CM of Tamil Nadu for over 14 years between 1991 and 2016.  In 1984, Jayalalithaa became a Rajya Sabha MP.

Indira Gandhi

She was one of the most influential Prime Ministers of India, who served two terms. In 1999, Gandhi was named 'Woman of the Millennium' in an online poll organised by the BBC


4 times CM of Uttar Pradesh. She is the national president of the Bahujan Samaj Party, which concentrates on a platform of social change for Bahujan

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Mamata Banerjee

First woman CM of West Bengal, popularly known as 'Didi'. She single-handedly dethroned the 34-year-old left front government in the state. 

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi

Indian Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development in the Government . She is an animal rights activist, author and environmentalist.

Pratibha Patil

She was the first women to serve as president of India. She was also a member of INC. Pratibha Patil had also served as governor of Rajasthan from 2004 to 2007.

Nirmala Sitharaman

India’s first full-time woman finance minister. It was just in September 2017 that she was appointed the defence minister, marking one of the swiftest ascents in Indian politics

Sheila Dikshit

CM of Delhi from 1998 to 2013 and also a very senior member of the Congress party. She has led the national party to three consecutive electoral triumphs in the capital.

Sonia Gandhi

Sonia took over as the party leader in 1998, 7 years after her husband Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. One of the most powerful politicians in the country