History has witnessed the brilliance of women in politics from time to time. From Marie Antoinette to Queen Elizabeth, women around the world have taken power in their own hands whenever the need arises. In India too, women have contributed to politics. In this article, we will know about the 10 most powerful women politicians of India.
1. Indira Gandhi
Indira Gandhi was the first woman Prime Minister of India. She was also the central pillar of the Indian National Congress. She was a skilled politician who ruled India for almost 18 years. The Emergency imposed by him in 1975 is considered his ‘mistake’.
2. Sonia Gandhi
Sonia Gandhi needs no introduction. Sonia Gandhi’s tenure as the President of the All India Congress has been the longest in the Congress’s one-century history. Under his guidance, the Congress achieved great success in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections and emerged as the single largest party. She was also the chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) from 2004 to 2014.
3. Jayalalithaa Jayaraman
Jayalalithaa Jayaraman was the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for five terms. She was popularly known as Amma among the people and was the General Secretary of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). She founded self-help groups for women all over Tamil Nadu.
Currently, Mayawati is the most powerful Dalit women leader in India. She was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh four times. His powerful influence in the political scenario of Uttar Pradesh has been recognized by all the politicians of the country as well as the people of the country.
5. Sushma Swaraj
BJP’s sharp leader Sushma Swaraj has been a seven-time MP and three-time member of the Legislative Assembly. She had also been the Chief Minister of Delhi in 1998. She was the Foreign Minister of India from 2014 to 2019. She was the second woman after Indira Gandhi to hold this position.
6. Sheila Dixit
Senior Congress leader Sheila Dixit was the Chief Minister of Delhi for three terms from 1998 to 2013. He gave a special identity to the Congress in Delhi. She was also the Governor of Kerala in 2014.
7. Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee is the founder of the Trinamool Congress, a political party in Bengal. He ended the dominance of the Communist Party in Bengal and established the Trinamool government. She has been serving as the Chief Minister of West Bengal since 2011.