American Female Anthropologists

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Dian Fossey
(Zoologist, Conservationist)

Dian Fossey
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Birthdate: January 16, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: December 26, 1985
Zoologist, primatologist, and conservationist Dian Fossey conducted research on mountain gorillas in Rwanda from 1966 until she was murdered in 1985. She was part of the Trimates assigned to study apes by paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey. She wrote Gorillas in the Mist, which was later turned into a film.

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Zora Neale Hurston
(Folklorist, Anthropologist)

Zora Neale Hurston
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Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Notasulga
Died: January 28, 1960

Zora Neale Hurston was an author, anthropologist, and filmmaker. As an African American woman, she often depicted racial issues in the films she made. Her works also reflected her struggles as a black woman. In her early career, she conducted anthropological and ethnographic research and focused more on writing and film-making in her later years.

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Margaret Mead
(Cultural Anthropologist)

Margaret Mead
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Birthdate: December 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Died: November 15, 1978

One of the most celebrated anthropologists to have ever existed, Margaret Mead is remembered for his research on a broad range of topics, such as sexual conventions in Western society. Of her 23 books, the most talked-about was the bestseller Coming of Age in Samoa.

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Ann Dunham
(Anthropologist, Barack Obama's Mother)

Ann Dunham
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Birthdate: November 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States
Died: November 7, 1995
Ann Dunham was the mother of former U.S. President Barack Obama. She was an economic anthropologist and worked for the betterment of rural Indonesian women. She had met Barack Obama Sr. while studying at the University of Hawaii. She had worked with USAID, the Ford Foundation, and Bank Rakyat Indonesia.

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Ruth Benedict
(Anthropologist, Folklorist, University teacher, Poet, Sociologist, Biographer)

Ruth Benedict
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Birthdate: June 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: September 17, 1948

Ruth Benedict was an American folklorist and anthropologist. Benedict, who played an important role in the American Folklore Society, also served as the American Anthropological Association's president; the association gives away an annual prize named after Ruth Benedict. In 2005, she was made an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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Gayle Rubin
(Cultural anthropologist best known as an activist and theorist of sex and gender politics)

Gayle Rubin
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Birthdate: January 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: South Carolina, United States

Gayle Rubin is a cultural anthropologist known for writing on a wide range of topics, such as feminism, sadomasochism, prostitution, homosexuality, pedophilia, and pornography. She studied at the University of Michigan and was part of early feminist groups. After earning her Ph.D. in anthropology, she began her academic career. She is also associated with several feminist journals. 

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Helen Fisher
(Anthropologist)

Helen Fisher
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Birthdate: May 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United States

Best known for her research on the biological dynamics of love and sex, anthropologist Helen Fisher has also penned iconic self-help books such as Anatomy of Love and Why We Love. She has also worked with match.com, to develop a personality-based compatibility system and has been a TED speaker.

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Nancy Scheper-Hughes
(anthropologist)

Nancy Scheper-Hughes
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Birthdate: September 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City

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Lila Abu-Lughod
(Anthropologist)

Lila Abu-Lughod
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Birthdate: October 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: United States

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Pearl Primus
(Dancer)

Pearl Primus
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Birthdate: November 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: October 29, 1994

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Eugenie Scott
(Anthropologist, University teacher)

Eugenie Scott
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Birthdate: October 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: United States of America

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Frances Densmore
(Anthropologist)

Frances Densmore
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Birthdate: May 21, 1867
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Red Wing, Minnesota, United States
Died: June 5, 1957

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Sherry Ortner
(Anthropologist, University teacher)

Sherry Ortner
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Birthdate: September 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newark

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Johnnetta Cole
(Anthropologist and educator)

Johnnetta Cole
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Birthdate: October 19, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States

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Eliane Karp
(Anthropologist)

Eliane Karp
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Birthdate: September 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

Born to a Polish father and a Belgian mother in Paris, anthropologist and academic Eliane Karp later studied in Jerusalem, before moving to Stanford. The wife of former president of Peru Alejandro Toledo, she was dragged out of court, while cursing, after Toledo was denied bail in a bribery case.

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Michelle Rosaldo
(Anthropologist)

Michelle Rosaldo
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Birthdate: 1944 AD
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: 1981 AD

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Alice Cunningham Fletcher
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Birthdate: March 15, 1838
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: April 6, 1923

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Hortense Powdermaker
(Cultural anthropologist)

Hortense Powdermaker
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Birthdate: December 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: June 15, 1970

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Elsie Clews Parsons
(Anthropologist)

Elsie Clews Parsons
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Birthdate: November 27, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: December 19, 1941

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Ella Cara Deloria
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Birthdate: January 31, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yankton Reservation, South Dakota, United States
Died: February 12, 1971

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Marjorie Shostak
(Anthropologist)

Marjorie Shostak
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Birthdate: May 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: October 6, 1996

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Dawn Chatty
(Anthropologist, Writer)

Dawn Chatty
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Birthdate: October 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, United States

 23 
Louise Lamphere
(Anthropologist)

Louise Lamphere
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Birthdate: 1940 AD
Birthplace: United States

 24 
Montgomey McFate
(Anthropologist)

Montgomey McFate
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Birthdate: January 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sausalito, California, United States

 25 
Jane E. Buikstra
(Anthropologist)

Jane E. Buikstra
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Birthdate: November 2, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Evansville, Indiana, United States

 26 
Saddeka Arebi
(Anthropologist, Writer)

Saddeka Arebi
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Tripoli, Libya
Died: June 30, 2007

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Marcia C. Inhorn
(Anthropologist)

Marcia C. Inhorn
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Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: United States

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Erminnie A. Smith
(Anthropologist)

Erminnie A. Smith
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Birthdate: April 26, 1836
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: June 9, 1886

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Carole C. Noon
(Anthropologist)

Carole C. Noon
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Birthdate: July 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: May 2, 2009