American Women Leaders

Throughout history, there have been many American women leaders who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great American female leaders such as Nikki Haley, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Eleanor Roosevelt

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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: October 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: November 7, 1962

Feminist and civil rights icon Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the longest-serving U.S First Lady. She was a prominent human rights activist, wrote columns, and hosted a radio show. She was named to Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century in 1999.

 2 Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice.
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Famous As: Former United States Secretary of State
Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama

The 66th United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made history in 2005 when she became the first female black Secretary of State. She is also the first female to serve as National Security Advisor, a position which she served from 2001 to 2005. One of the most powerful women in the world at one point of time, she has been depicted in Hollywood films.

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 3 Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin.
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Famous As: Former Governor of Alaska
Birthdate: February 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sandpoint

In 2006, American politician Sarah Palin became the youngest and first female governor of Alaska. A couple of years later, she became the first Republican woman to become a vice presidential candidate. After resigning as the governor of Alaska, she got associated with Fox News, authored a number of books and also appeared in a reality television series. 

 4 Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm.
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Birthdate: November 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: January 1, 2005

A courageous political leader, Shirley Chisholm made history when she became the first African-American woman to be elected the United States Congresswoman. Later, she yet again created history when she—though unsuccessfullyVran for Democratic Party's presidential nomination to contest for US presidency. Throughout her career, she advocated racial equality and women empowerment. As an author, she penned two books.

 5 Kristi Noem

Kristi Noem.
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Famous As: Governor of South Dakota
Birthdate: November 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Watertown, South Dakota, United States

 6 Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly
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Famous As: Radio personality, Lawyer, Political activist, Journalist
Birthdate: August 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: September 5, 2016

 7 Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Activist, Feminist
Birthdate: November 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mogadishu

Somali-born Dutch-American activist, feminist, and scholar Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the founder of an organization for the defense of women's rights, the AHA Foundation. She actively opposes forced marriage, honor violence, and child marriage. A former Muslim, she now identifies as an atheist and is a vocal critic of Islam. She is a recipient of the Lantos Human Rights Prize.

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 8 Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California
Died: February 10, 2014

After starting her film career at the age of three, Shirley Temple went on to become Hollywood's highest-grossing child actress from 1935 to 1938. She is the epitome of popular child stars who lose their charm as they grow up. Despite failing as an adult actress, she is ranked 18th in the greatest female screen legends of Classic Hollywood list.

 9 Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, U.S.

 10 Ronna McDaniel

Ronna McDaniel
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, U.S.

 11 Ayanna Pressley

Ayanna Pressley
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

 12 Elise Stefanik

Elise Stefanik
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Albany, New York, U.S.

 13 Pam Bondi

Pam Bondi.
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Famous As: Former Florida Attorney General
Birthdate: November 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Pam Bondi served as the attorney general of Florida from 2011 to 2019. She campaigned against same-sex marriage and launched an unsuccessful lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. She was on Trump’s defense team for his January 2020 impeachment trial and is said to have received generous donations from Trump.

 14 Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

 15 Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 24, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rolla, Missouri, USA

 16 Betty Ford

Betty Ford.
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: April 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 8, 2011

Betty Ford served as the First Lady of the US from 1974 to 1977. One of the most popular First Ladies in history, Ford was a passionate supporter of abortion rights and worked towards raising breast cancer awareness. She commented on topics like sex, drugs, abortion, and equal pay. In 1991, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 17 Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 11, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

 18 Ann Richards

Ann Richards
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lacy Lakeview, Texas, United States
Died: September 13, 2006

 19 Elizabeth Dole

Elizabeth Dole
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salisbury, North Carolina, USA

 20 Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris.
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Famous As: Vice Preseiden of the United States
Birthdate: October 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: California

A Democrat politician and lawyer, Kamala Harris is the vice president-elect of the United States. She will assume the office on 20 January 2021, alongside President-elect Joe Biden.  Half-Indian, half-Jamaican, Harris is the first woman, the first Black person and the first Asian-American to be elected vice president.  

 21 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States

 22 Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton.
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Famous As: Former First Lady, Political Leader
Birthdate: October 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago

Married to former US president, Bill Clinton, Hilary Clinton served as the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Thereafter, she became the first First Lady to hold US senator office. The former Secretary of State in the administration of Barrack Obama also fought and lost, as a Democratic nominee, the 2016 presidential election against Donald Trump.

 23 Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan.
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Houston
Died: January 17, 1996

 24 MJ Hegar

MJ Hegar
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fairfield, Connecticut, U.S.

 25 Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

A congresswoman from California and the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi is a member of the Democratic Party. She is the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history and the only woman in US history to serve as the speaker. She played a key role in the passage of the 2010 Tax Relief Act.

 26 Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren.
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Famous As: United States Senator
Birthdate: June 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Considered a progressive, American politician Elizabeth Warren has been an US senator from Massachusetts since 2013. She is known as a supporter of worker representation on board of corporations, harsher punishment for white-collar crimes and a higher minimum wage, among other things. She ran in the Democratic Party presidential primaries for the 2020 elections, but later pulled out of the race.

 27 Michelle Lujan Grisham

Michelle Lujan Grisham
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States

 28 Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley.
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Famous As: Governor of South Carolina
Birthdate: January 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bamberg

Born to Indian immigrant parents, Nikki Haley went on to become the first Indian-American to hold an office in South Carolina and later became its governor—the first woman and second Indian American to be appointed governor in the US. A published author, she has also served as the US ambassador to the United Nations.

 29 Maggie Hassan

Maggie Hassan
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

 30 Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar.
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Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: October 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mogadishu

Ilhan Omar became the first woman of color to serve as Minnesota's representative in the United States Congress when she was elected in 2019. A popular and influential politician, she supports universal healthcare, affordable housing, and student loan debt forgiveness. Also a human rights and LGBT rights activist, she was featured in Maroon 5's Girls Like You music video.

 31 Miriam Ferguson

Miriam Ferguson
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 13, 1875
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bell County, Texas, U.S.
Died: June 25, 1961

 32 Tammy Duckworth

Tammy Duckworth.
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Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: March 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bangkok

A war veteran who lost both her legs during the Iraq War, Tammy Duckworth is a symbol of courage and resilience. Her never-say-die spirit enabled her to become the first woman with a disability and the first Thai-American woman to earn a seat in Congress. She is the first member of Senate to give birth while in office.

 33 Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Plymouth, Minnesota, United States
Politician and lawyer Amy Klobuchar became the first elected female U.S. senator from Minnesota in 2007. She has earlier served as the Hennepin County attorney. She contested in the Democratic presidential primaries in 2020, before withdrawing to endorse Joe Biden. She has authored two books and has won numerous awards.

 34 Heidi Heitkamp

Heidi Heitkamp
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Famous As: Business Woman
Birthdate: October 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Breckenridge, Minnesota, United States

 35 Katie Hill

Katie Hill
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas, U.S.

 36 Sheila Jackson Lee

Sheila Jackson Lee
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Queens, New York, USA

 37 Kelly Ayotte

Kelly Ayotte
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Famous As: Former United States Senator
Birthdate: June 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.

 38 Catherine Cortez Masto

Catherine Cortez Masto
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Famous As: United States Senator
Birthdate: March 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

 39 Dianne Feinstein

Dianne Feinstein.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 22, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Octogenarian California senator Dianne Feinstein is living proof that age is just a number. She became the first female San Francisco mayor back in 1978. In 1992, she and Barbara Boxer were elected as the first female California senators. Dianne also contributed to the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994.

 40 Jill Stein

Jill Stein.
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Jill Stein is a physician who later became the presidential nominee for the Green Party in the 2012 and 2016 elections. She has also been the Green-Rainbow Party's candidate for the governorship of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010. She believed in the Green New Deal, including climate change reforms.

 41 Debbie Stabenow

Debbie Stabenow
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 29, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gladwin, Michigan, United States

 42 Kim Reynolds

Kim Reynolds
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Charles, Iowa, United States

 43 Lori Lightfoot

Lori Lightfoot
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Massillon, Ohio, United States

 44 Loretta Sanchez

Loretta Sanchez
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lynwood, California Lynwood, California, United States U.S.

 45 Maxine Waters

Maxine Waters.
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Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: August 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Maxine Waters chairs the House Financial Services Committee and is a U.S. Representative from California. Named to Time 100, she has also chaired the Congressional Black Caucus from 1997 to 1999. She has opposed the Iraq War and has been vocally critical of George W. Bush and Donald Trump.

 46 Alveda King

Alveda King
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia, U.S.

 47 Katie Porter

Katie Porter
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Dodge, Iowa, U.S.

 48 Kyrsten Sinema

Kyrsten Sinema.
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Famous As: United States Senator
Birthdate: July 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States
Arizona Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema is the first openly bisexual and the second openly LGBT lady member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. She is also the first woman representative of Arizona in the Senate. She is known for her pro-LGBT rights, anti-war, and pro-abortion rights stance

 49 Patty Murray

Patty Murray
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bothell, Washington Bothell, Washington (state) Washington, U.S.

 50 Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
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Famous As: US Political Representative
Birthdate: August 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, United States