Sarojini Naidu was the first woman to become the governor of a state in India. After independence she became the Governor of Uttar Pradesh and died in office in 1949.
Sarojini Naidu is famously known as Bharatiya Kokila (The Nightingale of India). She was born on February 13, 1879. She attained national fame for entering Madras University at the age of twelve. She joined the Indian independence movement, in the wake of the aftermath of partition of Bengal in 1905. In 1925 she was elected as the President of the Congress, the first Indian woman to hold the post. She raised the issues of welfare of youth, dignity of labour, women's emancipation and nationalism. Sarojini Naidu was also a renowned poet.