Sheila Dikshit, born on 31st March 1938, has been the Chief Minister of Delhi since 1998. Sheila has a Master of Arts degree from Delhi University. She took over as Chief Minister after the Congress, led by her in Delhi, swept the assembly polls. The first woman to become CM of Delhi, she is an experienced politician representing Gole Market constituency in the Delhi Assembly. She was reelected in the 2003 elections, after the Congress again obtained a majority in the assembly polls. She has also served as a Union Minister during 1986-1989, first as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and later as a Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office.
During the period between 1984 and 1989, she represented Kannauj Parliamentary Constituency of Uttar Pradesh. As a member of Parliament, she served on the Estimates Committee of Lok Sabha. She also chaired the Implementation Committee for Commemoration of Forty Years of India's Independence and Jawaharlal Nehru centenary. Championing the cause of women at various fora, she represented India at UN Commission on Status of Women for five years between 1984 and 1989. She, along with 82 colleagues, was jailed by the government of Uttar Pradesh in August 1990 when she led a people's movement against the atrocities being committed on women. Earlier, in early 1970s, she was chairperson of the Young Women's Association and was instrumental in the setting up two of most successful hostels for working women in Delhi.