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 Eleanor Roosevelt

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, United States
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, 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.

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 3 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.

 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 Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm
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Birthdate: November 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, 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 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.

 7 Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sandpoint, Idaho, United States

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. 

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 8 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.

 9 Katie Hill

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

 10 Stella Immanuel

Stella Immanuel
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Famous As: Physician, writer
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Cameroon

 11 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.

 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 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

American attorney and author Phyllis Schlafly was a major figure of paleoconservativism and was against feminism, LGBT rights, and abortion. She was also behind the STOP ERA campaign against the Equal Rights Amendment, and her life and times were portrayed in the series Mrs. America, which had Cate Blanchett playing her.

 14 Marsha Blackburn

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

 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 Gabrielle Carteris

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

 17 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.

 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 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.

 20 Elizabeth Dole

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

 21 Ronna McDaniel

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

 22 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.

 23 Gabrielle Giffords

Gabrielle Giffords
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: June 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona

 24 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.

 25 Lisa Murkowski

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

 26 Ayanna Pressley

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

 27 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.

 28 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

 29 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. 

 30 Mazie Hirono

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

 31 London Breed

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

 32 Barbara Jordan

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

 33 Karen Bass

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

 34 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.

 35 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

 36 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

 37 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

 38 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

 39 Joni Ernst

Joni Ernst
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Red Oak, Iowa Red Oak, Iowa, U.S.

 40 MJ Hegar

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

 41 Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris
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Famous As: Vice President 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.  

 42 Jackie Speier

Jackie Speier
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.

 43 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

 44 Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard
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Famous As: Politician
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.

 45 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.

 46 Maggie Hassan

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

 47 Elizabeth Warren

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

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.

 48 Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton
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Famous As: Former First Lady, Former Secretary of State
Birthdate: October 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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.

 49 Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar
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Famous As: U.S. Representative
Birthdate: October 4, 1981
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.

 50 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