Full name: Vijaya Lakshmi Nehru Pandit. She was the first Indian woman named to a cabinet post; was successively India’s ambassador to the Soviet Union, the United States, Mexico, Spain, and Ireland; headed the delegation to the United Nations; and in 1953 became the first female President of the United Nations General Assembly. Her intelligence, energy, family-mindedness, and principles make her one of my heroes. She was the sister of Jawaharlal Nehru, the aunt of Indira Gandhi, and the grand-aunt of Rajiv Gandhi, all of whom served as Prime Minister of India.
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