Justice Fatima Beevi was born in1927. She was the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court of India and the first Muslim woman to be appointed to any higher judiciary. Fathima Beevi was born on 30 April 1927 at Pathanamthitta, She was enrolled as Advocate on 14 November 1950. She began her career in the lower judiciary in Kerala. She was appointed as the Munsiff in the Kerala Sub-ordinate Judicial Services in May, 1958.
She was promoted as the Sub-ordinate Judge in 1968 and as the Chief Judicial Magistrate in 1972, as District & Sessions Judge in 1974. She was further appointed as the Judicial Member of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal in January, 1980. She was then elevated to the High Court as a Judge on 4 August 1983. She became permanent Judge of the High Court on 14 May 1984. She retired as the Judge of the High Court on 29 April 1989 but was further elevated to the Supreme Court as a Judge on 6 October 1989 where she retired on 29 April 1992 She later went on to become Governor of Tamil Nadu on 25 January 1997.
On her retirement from the court she served as a member of the National Human Rights Commission and later as Governor of Tamil Nadu. As the Governor of the state she had also served as the Chancellor of Madras University. She had also served as the Chairman of Kerala Commission for Backward Classes(1993) and member of National Human Rights Commission ( 1993). She received Hon. D Litt and Mahila Shiromani Award in 1990. She was also awarded Bharat Jyoti Award.