India's Most Powerful Female Politicians

Mamata Banerjee: Presently, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee is the first woman to hold the position in the state. Popularly referred to as ‘Didi’, she is the founding member of the All Indian Trinamool Congress party formed in 1997 after splitting from Congress.

In 2011, she won the election after side tracking the communist government, which had ruled for three decades in West Bengal. Mamata was India’s first women railway minister. Her unique political style always manages to make headlines.

Meira Kumar: Meira Kumar, the first woman Speaker of Lok Sabha, is a former Foreign Service official and union minister. The entire House elected her for the post after a resolution moved by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and seconded by the leader of the House Pranab Mukherjee, which was further approved by a voice vote amidst thumping of desks. From being a Foreign Service officer to a five-term MP and then a Cabinet minister, Kumar has come across a long way in running the Lok Sabha effectively.

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