American Women Leaders

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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.
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 1 
Condoleezza Rice
(66th United States Secretary of State (2005-09))
Condoleezza Rice
66
Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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.

 2 
Jeanine Pirro
(American Conservative Television Host and A Former New York State Judge)
Jeanine Pirro
10
Birthdate: June 2, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elmira, New York, United States

Jeanine Pirro is an American TV host and author. Over the years, she has made important contributions to The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, a syndicated morning talk show. As a former prosecutor and New York State judge, Jeanine Pirro played an important role in several cases involving crimes against the elderly and domestic abuse.

 3 
Tammy Duckworth
(United States Senator from Illinois )
Tammy Duckworth
35
Birthdate: March 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand

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.

 4 
Kristi Noem
(Governor of South Dakota)
Kristi Noem
43
Birthdate: November 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Watertown, South Dakota, United States
 5 
Shirley Chisholm
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 12th District (1969 - 1983))
Shirley Chisholm
10
Birthdate: November 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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.

 6 
Nikki Haley
(The First Female Governor of South Carolina)
Nikki Haley
82
Birthdate: January 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bamberg, South Carolina, United States

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.

 7 
Betty Ford
(Former First Lady of the United States)
Betty Ford
5
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.

 8 
Carly Fiorina
(CEO of ‘Hewlett-Packard’, the First Woman to Lead a Fortune Top-20 Company)
Carly Fiorina
8
Birthdate: September 6, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States

Carly Fiorina made history by becoming the first female head of a Dow Jones-listed company when she became the CEO of HP. The daughter of a law professor father, she had initially joined law school but then dropped out to study management. She has also been Ted Cruz’s vice-presidential running mate.

 9 
Katie Porter
(U.S. Representative from California's 45th Congressional District)
Katie Porter
9
Birthdate: January 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Dodge, Iowa, United States

Currently a member of the House of Representative from the 45th Congressional District in Orange County, California, American politician Katie Porter practiced law before taking up teaching as her full time profession. Eventually she won the 2018 election to the House and is now a member of the House Natural Resources Committee and deputy chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

 10 
Elizabeth Dole
(Politician)
Elizabeth Dole
6
Birthdate: July 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
 11 
Gabrielle Giffords
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona's 8th district (2007-12))
Gabrielle Giffords
8
Birthdate: June 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States
 12 
Marsha Blackburn
(American Politician & Businesswoman)
Marsha Blackburn
9
Birthdate: June 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States
 13 
Linda McMahon
(25th Administrator of the Small Business Administration (2017 - 2019))
Linda McMahon
13
Birthdate: October 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Bern, North Carolina, United States

Linda McMahon is an American political executive and former professional wrestling executive. She is credited with co-founding Titan Sports, Inc., which is now called as WWE, Inc., along with her husband Vince McMahon. She then left WWE to focus on her political career; from 2017 to 2019, she served as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration under Trump’s presidency.

 14 
Liz Cheney
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming's At-Large District)
Liz Cheney
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Birthdate: July 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Liz Cheney is an American politician and attorney. Since 2017, Liz Cheney has been serving as Wyoming's at-large congressional district's U.S. Representative. The elder daughter of ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney is credited with co-founding a nonprofit organization called Keep America Safe, which aims at combating national security issues.

 15 
Lisa Murkowski
(Politician)
Lisa Murkowski
10
Birthdate: May 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ketchikan, Alaska, USA
 16 
Jennifer Granholm
(Was the First Female Governor of Michigan)
Jennifer Granholm
6
Birthdate: February 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm is a politician, lawyer, educator, and author. She is currently serving as the 16th United States Secretary of Energy, in office since February 2021. Previously, she was the 47th governor of Michigan, the first woman to serve in this position. She was made a Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star in 2010. 

 17 
Gabrielle Carteris
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Birthdate: January 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
 18 
Elaine Chao
(18th United States Secretary of Transportation (2017 - 2021))
Elaine Chao
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Birthdate: March 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan
Elaine Chao has served as the U.S. secretary of transportation under Donald Trump and has also previously been the secretary of labor. A Harvard alumna and a recipient of 37 honorary doctorates, she became the first Asian-American female and the first Chinese/Taiwanese American to be part of the U.S. cabinet.
 19 
Elise Stefanik
(Politician)
Elise Stefanik
11
Birthdate: July 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Albany, New York, U.S.
 20 
Kirsten Gillibrand
(United States Senator from New York)
Kirsten Gillibrand
13
Birthdate: December 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: AlAlbany, New York, United States

Lawyer and politician Kirsten Gillibrand is a member of the Democratic Party. Since 2009, she has served as the junior United States Senator from New York. An alumnus of the UCLA School of Law, she practiced law for a few years before entering politics. She is known for speaking against sexual harassment.

 21 
Janet Reno
(78th United States Attorney General (1993 - 2001))
Janet Reno
5
Birthdate: July 21, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: November 7, 2016

Janet Reno was an American lawyer. From 1993 to 2001, Reno served as the United States attorney general (AG) after she was nominated by President Bill Clinton. Not only was she the first woman to serve as the US attorney general, but Janet Reno was also the second-longest serving AG in the history of the United States.

 22 
Ann Richards
(Politician)
Ann Richards
9
Birthdate: September 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lacy Lakeview, Texas, United States
Died: September 13, 2006
 23 
Ronna McDaniel
(Politician)
Ronna McDaniel
10
Birthdate: March 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, U.S.
 24 
Pam Bondi
(Former Florida Attorney General)
Pam Bondi
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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.
 25 
Katie Hill
(Former United States Representative)
Katie Hill
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Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas, United States
 26 
Meg Whitman
(Former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise)
Meg Whitman
8
Birthdate: August 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cold Spring Harbor, New York, United States
Meg Whitman has previously been the CEO of HP and eBay. She has also been associated with companies such as The Walt Disney Company and P&G. She was part of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns and also ran for California’s governor in 2010. She later supported Joe Biden’s presidential run.
 27 
Michele Bachmann
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's 6th District from 2007 to 2015)
Michele Bachmann
6
Birthdate: April 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Waterloo, Iowa, United States

Politician Michele Bachmann is a member of the Republican Party. She represented Minnesota in the United States House of Representatives and is the first Republican woman to represent the state in Congress. She is a lawyer by qualification and a founder of the House Tea Party Caucus. She has been criticized for her homophobic views and anti-abortion stance.

 28 
Kyrsten Sinema
(United States Senator from Arizona)
Kyrsten Sinema
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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
 29 
Mazie Hirono
(Politician)
Mazie Hirono
10
Birthdate: November 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fukushima, Japan
 30 
Pramila Jayapal
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington's 7th district)
Pramila Jayapal
5
Birthdate: September 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India

Pramila Jayapal is a politician who has been serving as the U.S. House of Representatives from Washington's 7th district since 2017. She is the first woman of Indian origin to serve as the U.S. Representative. She is also the current Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. From 2015 to 2016, Jayapal served in the Washington Senate from the 37th district. 

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
(Nigerian-American Economist Who Has Served in Several Ministerial Positions in Nigeria)
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
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Birthdate: June 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ogwashi Ukwu, Nigeria
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian-American economist and political figure. She served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2006 before serving as the Coordinating Minister for the Economy of Nigeria from 17 August 2011 to 29 May 2015. Ngozi also served as the Minister of Finance on two separate occasions; from 2003 to 2006 and again from 2011 to 2015.
 32 
London Breed
(Politician)
London Breed
4
Birthdate: August 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
 33 
Barbara Jordan
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Birthdate: February 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Houston
Died: January 17, 1996
 34 
Nancy Astor
(Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton (1919-45))
Nancy Astor
3
Birthdate: May 19, 1879
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Danville, Virginia, United States
Died: May 2, 1964
 35 
Catherine Cortez Masto
(United States Senator)
Catherine Cortez Masto
3
Birthdate: March 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
 36 
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
(US Political Representative)
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
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Birthdate: August 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, United States
 37 
Tulsi Gabbard
(First Hindu Member of U.S. Congress)
Tulsi Gabbard
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Birthdate: April 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maoputasi County, American Samoa Leloaloa, American Samoa, U.S.

Born in American Samoa and raised in Hawaii, US Representative Tulsi Gabbard formed the environmental non-profit Healthy Hawai’i Coalition as a teenager. At 21, she was the youngest member of the Hawai‘i State Legislature. A US Army major, she later became the first Hindu to be part of Congress.

 38 
Kamala Harris
(The First Female Vice President of the United States)
Kamala Harris
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Birthdate: October 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

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.  

 39 
Loretta Lynch
(Former Attorney General of the United States)
Loretta Lynch
14
Birthdate: May 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
 40 
Janet Napolitano
(Politician)
Janet Napolitano
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Birthdate: November 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: nowrap New York City, New York, U.S.
 41 
Huma Abedin
(Political Staffer and Vice Chair of Hillary Clinton's 2016 Campaign)
Huma Abedin
7
Birthdate: July 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Political staffer, Huma Abedin, is known for being one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides. She was the vice-chair of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign for president of the United States. An alumnus of the George Washington University, she first started working with Clinton in 1996 and has since been a trusted advisor to her. She considers Clinton her mentor. 

 42 
Alveda King
(Politician)
Alveda King
4
Birthdate: January 22, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia, U.S.
 43 
Susan Rice
(23rd U.S. National Security Advisor ( 2013 – 2017))
Susan Rice
5
Birthdate: November 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Susan Rice has been the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. and the national security advisor. She was chosen by Joe Biden as the director of the Domestic Policy Council. Rice was supposed to become the secretary of state, replacing Hillary Clinton in 2013, but withdrew due to the Benghazi attack.
 44 
Patty Murray
(Politician)
Patty Murray
3
Birthdate: October 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bothell, Washington Bothell, Washington (state) Washington, U.S.
 45 
Ilhan Omar
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's 5th District)
Ilhan Omar
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Birthdate: October 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

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.

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Heidi Heitkamp
(Business Woman)
Heidi Heitkamp
3
Birthdate: October 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Breckenridge, Minnesota, United States
 47 
Barbara Boxer
(Politician)
Barbara Boxer
8
Birthdate: November 11, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
 48 
Carolyn Maloney
(U.S. Representative)
Carolyn Maloney
3
Birthdate: February 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
 49 
Jill Stein
(Member of the Lexington Town Meeting from the 2nd Precinct (2005 - 2010))
Jill Stein
10
Birthdate: May 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
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.
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MJ Hegar
(US Air Force Veteran, Bestselling Author, and Former Democratic Candidate)
MJ Hegar
4
Birthdate: March 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fairfield, Connecticut, U.S.

US Air Force veteran MJ Hegar has also been a Democratic candidate for the 2020 US Senate election for Texas. Known for her bestselling autobiography Shoot Like a Girl, she was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for her fearless military service in Afghanistan, where she was shot at.