Women have made significant mark in Mizo history in different walks of life. They have stepped up as exemplary figures as administrators, politicians, artists, writers, sportstars and many more.
Ropuiliani has always been a name associated with woman empowerment and a symbol of strength for the Mizo women. Ropuiliani took administration in her hands after the death of her husband, Chief Vandula and began to rule fearlessly from her village Ralvawng. She was famous for his strength, her courage and resilience. She strongly resisted against the growing British influence in the Lushai region and continued to remain a determined adversary of Britishers. While most of the Mizo chiefs allied with the Britishers, Ropuiliani encouraged her people to disobey Britishers' dictate for taxes and tributes. In the British colonial records, she is referred to as “Ropuiliani, mother of Lalthuama, widow of Vandula, an old enemy of British.”
Born on May 15, 1949 Lalsangzuali Sailo was a writer, a singer, a musician, song writer and one of the most celebrated musical legends in Mizo history. Famously known as "the songbird of Mizoram", and "The Girl with the Golden Voice” by The Statesman, she was awarded the Padmashree by the Government of India in 1998 for her contribution in the field of literature. Her composition includes children's songs, ballads, devotional songs, patriotic songs, nursery rhymes. She has written 365 songs on various themes several of which has been included in Mizoram school syllabus.
Lalziki Sailo was among the first educated Mizo and a classical singer who performed not only in Mizoram but abroad. On her last visit in 1935, her song ‘Ka ralthuamna ka dah ngamlo’ was already played on BBC, London. On 1950, the Synod General Assembly Meet took place at Dawrpui Kohhran, Lalziki Sailo performed the No. 1198 Hymn called ‘Lead me gently home’ from the sacred songs and solos by Ira D. Sankey and was highly praised for her performance.
She was the first womN in Northeast to finish M.Ed. She is also the founder and first Principal of Zirtiri College and the first Professor in Mizoram and the first female Member of District Council.
Pi Lalhlimpuii is the first woman minister in the Mizo political history. She is also the first among Mizo women to receive the Master of Arts (M.A) degree in Geography subject. She received her degree from Gauhati University in 1976. She won the election in Aizawl North- 1 in the 1987 state election during the time of Laldenga. Before becoming a state minister, Lalhlimpuii worked as a lecturer at Pachhunga University College from 1977 till 1987. After her career in politics, she went back to her lecturer post at the University and retired in 2017 as the Vice- principal.
Khawlkungi is one of the most prominent writers in Mizo literary history and has penned more than 20 works among which "Zawlpala Thlan Tlangah" remains one of thr most popular literary works in Mizo Literature. Her contribution in play writing is particularly noteworthy. She was awarded the Padma Shri in Literature in 1987.
The most celebrated sports icon in Mizoram today is Lalremsiami, a girl from Kolasib who fought her way to become Mizoram's first olympian to play in the Olympics. She was backed by her parents to take up the sport and as a 11-year-old, she started her journey from a Mizoram government-run hockey academy in Thenzawl, located 170km away from hometown Kolasib. The 21 year old who plays the forward position in the national team has fulfilled the promise she made to her late father to play in the Olympics. Siami’s story is one among the many inspirational stories from the eleven players who came from different parts of the country to create history at Tokyo Olympics and fought their way upto the match for the bronze medal.