List Of Female Governors In India (2022 Updated)

Female Governors In India

Last Updated: 25 July 2022

There are currently 3 Incumbent Female Governors in three Indian States and 1 Incumbent Lieutenant Governor in a Union Territory.

Before we get into the list of Female Governors in India let’s have a quick intro! In India, a Governor is the constitutional head of each of the Twenty-Eight states. The Governor is appointed by the President of India for a term of five years and holds office at the President’s pleasure.

The Governor is de jure head of the State Government; all its executive actions are taken in the Governor’s name. However, the Governor must act on the advice of the popularly elected Council of Ministers, headed by the Chief Minister, who thus holds de facto executive authority at the State Level.

The Constitution of India empowers the Governor to act upon their own discretion, such as the ability to appoint or dismiss a Ministry, recommend President’s rule, or Reserve Bills for the President’s assent. Over the years, the exercise of these discretionary powers have given rise to conflict between the elected Chief Minister and the Union Government–appointed Governor.

Fascinating Facts About Female Governors


  • Sarojini Naidu was the first woman to become the Governor of an Indian state. She governed Uttar Pradesh from 15 August 1947 to 2 March 1949. Her daughter, Padmaja Naidu, is the longest-serving female Governor with 10 years, 209 days of tenure in West Bengal.
  • Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Ex-Governor of Rajasthan was the first woman Governor to be appointed as the President of India (25 July 2007 – 25 July 2012).
  • Draupadi Murmu, Ex-Governor of Jharkhand is the first person belonging to the Tribal community (Scheduled Tribe) to be elected as the President of India.
  • Tamilisai Soundararajan is recently appointed as the first female Governor of Telangana (Since 8th Sep 2019).
  • Anandiben Patel is the only Female Governor to have served 3 different Indian States; Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Uttar Pradesh.
  • Kiran Bedi is the Longest-Serving Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry for a term length of 4 Years 263 Days (29 May 2016 – 16 Feb 2021).
  • The Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, and Puducherry are headed by Lieutenant Governors and not Governor

Female Governors


No.GovernorTerm InTerm OutTerm LengthState
1Sharda Mukherjee[1]5 May
1977
14 Aug
1978
1 Year
101 Days
Andhra Pradesh
2Kumudben Joshi26 Nov
1985
2 Feb
1990
4 Years
68 Days
Andhra Pradesh
3Anandiben Patel[1]15 Aug
2018
28 July
2019
347 DaysChhattisgarh
4Anusuiya Uikey*29 July
2019
~~Chhattisgarh
5Mridula Sinha31 Aug
2014
2 Nov
2019
5 Years
63 Days
Goa
Sharda Mukherjee[2]14 Aug
1978
5 Aug
1983
4 Years 356 DaysGujarat
6Kamla Beniwal[1]27 Nov
2009
6 July
2014
4 Years 221 DaysGujarat
7Sheila Kaul17 Nov
1995
23 Apr
1996
158 DaysHimachal Pradesh
8V. S. Ramadevi[1]26 July
1997
1 Dec
1999
2 Years
128 Days
Himachal Pradesh
9Prabha Rau[1]19 July
2008
24 Jan
2010
1 Year
189 Days
Himachal Pradesh
10Urmila Singh25 Jan
2010
27 Jan
2015
5 Years
2 Days
Himachal Pradesh
11Draupadi Murmu18 May
2015
6 July
2021
6 Years
49 Days
Jharkhand
V. S. Ramadevi[2]2 Dec
1999
20 Aug
2002
2 Years
261 Days
Karnataka
12Jothi Venkatachalam14 Oct
1977
27 Oct
1982
5 Years
13 Days
Kerala
13Ram Dulari Sinha23 Feb
1988
12 Feb
1990
1 Year
354 Days
Kerala
14Sheila Dikshit11 Mar
2014
25 Aug
2014
167 DaysKerala
15Sarla Grewal31 Mar
1989
5 Feb
1990
311 DaysMadhya Pradesh
Anandiben Patel[2]23 Jan
2018
28 July
2019
1 Year
186 Days
Madhya Pradesh
16Vijayalakshmi Pandit28 Nov
1962
18 Oct
1964
1 Year
325 Days
Maharashtra
17Najma Heptulla21 Aug
2016
10 Aug
2021
4 Years
354 Days
Manipur
Kamla Beniwal[2]6 July
2014
6 Aug
2014
31 DaysMizoram
18Pratibha Patil8 Nov
2004
23 Jun
2007
2 Years
227 Days
Rajasthan
Prabha Rau[2]25 Jan
2010
26 Apr
2010
91 DaysRajasthan
19Margaret Alva[1]12 May
2012
7 Aug
2014
2 Years
87 Days
Rajasthan
20Fathima Beevi25 Jan
1997
1 July
2001
4 Years
157 Days
Tamil Nadu
21Tamilisai Soundararajan*8 Sep
2019
~2 Years
317 Days
Telangana
22Sarojini Naidu15 Aug
1947
2 Mar
1949
1 Year
199 Days
Uttar Pradesh
Anandiben Patel[3]*29 July
2019
~2 Years
358 Days
Uttar Pradesh
Margaret Alva[2]6 Aug
2009
14 May
2012
2 Years
262 Days
Uttarakhand
23Baby Rani Maurya26 Aug
2018
15 Sep
2021
3 Years
20 Days
Uttarakhand
24Padmaja Naidu3 Nov
1956
31 May
1967
10 Years
209 Days
West Bengal
* Incumbent Governor

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Lieutenant Governors


No.Lieutenant GovernorsTerm InTerm OutTerm LengthUnion Territory
1Chandrawati19 Feb
1990
18 Dec
1990
302 DaysPuducherry
2Rajendra Kumari Bajpai2 May
1995
22 Apr
1998
2 Years
355 Days
Puducherry
3Rajani Rai23 Apr
1998
29 July
2002
4 Years
97 Days
Puducherry
4Kiran Bedi29 May
2016
16 Feb
2021
4 Years
263 Days
Puducherry
5Tamilisai Soundararajan* (additional charge)18 Feb
2021
~~Puducherry
* Incumbent Lieutenant Governor
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