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Hindi translation - "female boss"/"female chief"

Setting: Far-future science fiction world settled by Indian immigrants.
Research done: Variations of "boss," "chief," etc. on shabdkosh.com and other English-Hindi dictionaries; various Google searches for "Hindi personal noun gender," etc.

A female character is a leader of a small rebel guerrilla organization. I want her troops to call her the Hindi equivalent of "boss" or "chief." An English-Hindi dictionary has given me the words nētā, adhipuruṣa, etc. However, none of the dictionaries I've looked at have indicated what gender these nouns have. And I can't find any information on whether Hindi, like Spanish, modifies personal nouns to reflect the sex of the person they refer to.

According to Wikiversity, Hindi masculine nouns often end in ā, while female nouns often end in ī, making me suspect that nētā and adhipuruṣa are masculine.

Questions:

Would nētā or adhipuruṣa be acceptable ways to refer to a woman?

If not, how should these nouns be modified to reflect her sex? Would nētā become nētī, for example?

Is there a more acceptable word referring to a female boss-figure that I haven't mentioned?


Thank you in advance.
Tags: ~languages: hindi
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