International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day brings attention to the women’s rights movement, gender equality issues, women’s reproductive rights, women’s achievements in various fields, and violence and abuse against women.
Every year, Varnam Malaysia celebrates this glorious day by giving shout out to all the astonishing feats by our Malaysian Women. This year, the author has curated a fantastic list to honour Malaysian Indian women who become the “FIRST” to accomplish amazing feats and set records, bringing honour to our nation.
Let’s look at some Malaysian women who have undoubtedly inspired us. Scrolling through this article is surely worthwhile as you discover noteworthy feats that our ladies have scored in.
1. Emily Koshy – The First Indian Policewoman in Malaysia
2. Annastasia Karen Raj – The First Malaysian Female Walker to Represent Malaysia in the 1996 Olympics
3. Uma Devi Rengasamy – The First Malaysian Indian Woman to Drive the LRT
4. A Chandramalar – The First Malaysian Female Cop To Head The Anti-Vice Branch In Penang
5. Kirtana Subramaniam – The First Indian Girl Appointed As FIGOS Brand Ambassador
6. Lohappriya Manisegaran – The First Malaysian Indian Lady Pilot of Malaysia
7. Nengaswary Maniam – The First Malaysian Indian To Receive The AACSB Influential Leaders Award
8. Tan Sri Devaki Ayathurai Krishnan – The First Woman be Elected to Public Office in Malaysia
9. Suriakala Suriabagavan – The First Female Indian Major-General & The First Non-Bumiputera Female With A Two Star Rank On Her Epaulette
10. Shahmalarani – The First Malaysian to Clinch a Gold Medal at WKF K1 Series A
11. M Thinaah – The First Malaysian Indian to Win the French Open Title Together with Her Pair
12. Major Sathiyah Asokumar – The First Malaysian Female Indian Officer to be Appointed to Head the Anti-Narcotics Division of the Military Police Branch of the Malaysian Army
13. Jeevanandini R Karunagaran – The First Malaysian Indian Female Who Ranks First In The World In ACCA Exams
14. Datuk Sudha Devi KR Vasudevan – The First Malaysian And Asian Chair Of Commonwealth Foundation
15. Datuk Sasikala Devi Subramaniam – The First Malaysian Indian Female Police Officer Promoted To Deputy Police Commissioner
16. Kumari Thisheela – The First Malaysian Female To Complete A Mridangam Arangetram
17. Justice Datuk P. Nallini – The First Malaysian Indian Woman to be Nominated to the Highest Court in Malaysia
18. Vanizha Vasanthanathan – The First Malaysian Indian Woman To Ever Walk on the Runway of Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai (India), The First Malaysian Indian Woman To Ever Walk on the Runway of China Fashion Week, The First Malaysian Indian Woman Become the Face of Sephora, The First Malaysian Indian Woman To Ever Walk on the Runway on the Milan Fashion Week
19. Vimala Perumal – The First Malaysian Awarded With The Golden Visa UAE
20. S. Sivasangari – The First Malaysian Indian Woman Honoured With Ivy League Player of the Year, For Two Consecutive Season
Happy Women’s Day to all strong, intelligent, talented and simply wonderful women! Don’t ever forget that you are loved and appreciated.