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.

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 1 Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice
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Famous As: 66th United States Secretary of State (2005-09)
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 Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright
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Famous As: Ist Female U.S. Secretary of State
Birthdate: November 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Smíchov, Prague, Czechia
Died: March 23, 2022
Madeleine Albright served as the U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001, under Bill Clinton, and was the first woman to hold the post. The Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee also chaired the Albright Stonebridge Group and taught at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

 3 Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley
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Famous As: 29th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (2017-2018)
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.

 4 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

 5 Tammy Duckworth

Tammy Duckworth
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Famous As: United States Senator from Illinois (since 2017)
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.

 6 Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm
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Famous As: U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 12th district (1969-83)
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.

 7 Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina
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Famous As: CEO of Hewlett-Packard (1999-2005), Politician
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.

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 8 Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: November 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

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.

 9 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.

 10 Katie Porter

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

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.

 11 Linda McMahon

Linda McMahon
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Famous As: Administrator of the Small Business Administration
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.

 12 Elizabeth Dole

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

 13 Marsha Blackburn

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

 14 Gabrielle Carteris

Gabrielle Carteris
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

 15 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

 16 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.

 17 Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand
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Famous As: Member of the United States Senate
Birthdate: December 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Albany, 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.

 18 Elise Stefanik

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

 19 Lisa Murkowski

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

 20 Gabrielle Giffords

Gabrielle Giffords
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Famous As: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona's 8th district (2007-12)
Birthdate: June 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States

 21 Janet Reno

Janet Reno
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Famous As: United States Attorney General (1993-2001)
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

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

 23 Katie Hill

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

 24 Elaine Chao

Elaine Chao
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Famous As: United States Secretary of Transportation
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.

 25 Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 23, 1838
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Homer, Ohio, United States
Died: June 9, 1927

Victoria Woodhull was an American politician, suffragist, and writer who played an important role in the women's suffrage movement. She is credited with founding Woodhull & Claflin's Weekly, America's first newspaper to be founded by a woman. Her life and career inspired the Broadway musical Onward Victoria. In 2001, she was posthumously inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 26 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.

 27 Meg Whitman

Meg Whitman
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Famous As: Business Woman
Birthdate: July 31, 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.

 28 Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann
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Famous As: U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's 6th district (2007-15)
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.

 29 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

 30 London Breed

London Breed
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

 31 Mazie Hirono

Mazie Hirono
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fukushima, Japan

 32 Jennifer Mulhern Granholm

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, 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. 

 33 Barbara Jordan

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

 34 Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch
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Famous As: Former Attorney General of the United States
Birthdate: May 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States

 35 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
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Famous As: 7th Director-General of the World Trade Organization
Birthdate: June 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ogwashi Ukwu, Nigeria

 36 Nancy Astor

Nancy Astor
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Famous As: Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton (1919-45)
Birthdate: May 19, 1879
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Danville, Virginia, United States
Died: May 2, 1964

 37 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.

 38 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

 39 Karen Bass

Karen Bass
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

 40 Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: nowrap New York City, New York, U.S.

 41 MJ Hegar

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

 42 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

 43 Mary Bono

Mary Bono
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland

 44 Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris
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Famous As: First Female Vice President of the United States
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.  

 45 Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard
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Famous As: First Hindu Member of U.S. Congress
Birthdate: April 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leloaloa, American Samoa

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.

 46 Mia Love

Mia Love
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: nowrap New York City, New York (state) New York, U.S.

 47 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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

 48 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.

 49 Kate Brown

Kate Brown
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: June 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Torrejón de Ardoz, Community of Madrid, Spain

 50 Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar
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Famous As: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's 5th district (since 2019)
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.