American Female Public Speakers

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 1 Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States

Author and public speaker Fran Lebowitz is best known for her book The Fran Lebowitz Reader, which combined the two books Metropolitan Life and Social Studies. She also gained fame with her 2021 Netflix docuseries Pretend It's a City. Openly lesbian, she has often spoken about feminism, politics, and AIDS.

 2 Donna Douglas

Donna Douglas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pride, Louisiana, United States
Died: January 1, 2015
Donna Douglas is best known as Elly May Clampett from the sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. After retiring from acting, she juggled with a number of careers, becoming a real-estate agent, a motivational speaker, and a gospel singer. She has also written a Bible-themed children’s book and a cookbook.

 3 Lizzie Velásquez

Lizzie Velásquez
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Famous As: Motivational Speaker
Birthdate: March 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
Lizzie Velásquez is an American activist, author, motivational speaker, and YouTuber. Velásquez was subjected to bullying and cyberbullying due to Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy syndrome, a rare congenital disease, which prevents her from gaining weight. The hardship that she faced because of her condition inspired her to become a motivational speaker. Her story inspired the 2015 documentary film, A Brave Heart.
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 4 Brene Brown

Brene Brown
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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: November 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, U.S.

Apart from being a University of Houston research professor, Brene Brown has also been a successful author of New York Times bestsellers such as Braving the Wilderness, and a podcast host. She also has a lecture featured on Netflix, while her Ted Talk is one of the world’s top-five most-viewed. 

 5 Lisa Whelchel

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Littlefield, Texas, United States

Best remembered as rich and spoiled Blair Warner on NBC sitcom, The Facts of Life, actress Lisa Whelchel is also a well-known singer and songwriter. She reached No. 17 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian music charts with her Christian pop album, All Because of You. Founder of Momtime Ministers and author of ten books, she is also known for her motivational speeches.

 6 Glennon Doyle Melton

Glennon Doyle Melton
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Famous As: Author, Activist, Public Speaker
Birthdate: March 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Burke, Virginia

The author of New York Times bestsellers such as Untamed and Love Warrior, Glennon Doyle Melton was once described as the patron saint of female empowerment by People magazine. She is also an avid philanthropist, who heads the all-woman non-profit Together Rising, which caters to women and children.

 7 Bristol Palin

Bristol Palin
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Famous As: Public Speaker
Birthdate: October 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wasilla, Alaska, United States
Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of Todd and Sarah Palin, is best known for her stint on the reality show Dancing with the Stars and her performance in the series The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She is also a real-estate agent and has written a memoir. 
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 8 Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian
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Famous As: Feminist Media Critic, Blogger
Birthdate: August 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada

Born to Iraqi immigrants to Canada, Anita Sarkeesian later moved to the U.S. and soared to fame as a feminist media critic and YouTuber. Her site Feminist Frequency explores the treatment of women in socio-cultural scenarios. Her Tropes vs Women project invited serious sexist and racist attacks online.

 9 Jennifer O'Neill

Jennifer O'Neill
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Born to an English mother and a Brazilian father, actor Jennifer O'Neill had begun modeling at 15. She later became part of films such as Summer of '42. She had attempted suicide at 14 and had later got married nine times to eight men. She was also a promising equestrienne.

 10 Esther Hicks

Esther Hicks
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Coalville, Utah, U.S.

 11 Naomi Wolf

Naomi Wolf
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Famous As: Political writer
Birthdate: November 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.

 12 Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant
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Famous As: Motivational speaker
Birthdate: September 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn

 13 Victoria Arlen

Victoria Arlen
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: September 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Victoria Arlen is an American television personality currently working for ESPN. Apart from being a television personality, Arlen is also an actress, model, speaker, and former Paralympian swimmer. She is best known for overcoming two rare conditions that stripped her of her ability to walk, speak, eat, and move. In 2012, she participated in the Summer Paralympics, representing the USA.

 14 Jo Anne Worley

Jo Anne Worley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lowell, Indiana, United States

 15 Kathy Garver

Kathy Garver
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA

 16 Ilyasah Shabazz

Ilyasah Shabazz
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens

 17 Jayne Kennedy

Jayne Kennedy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA

 18 Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: October 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: America

 19 Erin Gruwell

Erin Gruwell
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: August 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: California

 20 Liz Murray

Liz Murray
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Famous As: Inspirational speaker
Birthdate: September 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

 21 Julia Butterfly Hill

Julia Butterfly Hill
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Famous As: Environmental Activist
Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Missouri, United States

 22 Amy Cuddy

Amy Cuddy
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: June 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Robesonia, Pennsylvania, USA

 23 Kelly Cutrone

Kelly Cutrone
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Camillus

 24 Catelynn Lowell

Catelynn Lowell
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: March 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port Huron, Michigan, United States

 25 Cathy O'Brien

Cathy O'Brien
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Muskegon, Michigan, United States

Cathy O'Brien is an American author and conspiracy theorist. She gained national attention when she claimed that the US government is running a secret program called Project Monarch which is designed to control people's minds. She also claimed that she has been a victim of the program and that Project Monarch was part of the Central Intelligence Agency's Project MKUltra.

 26 Suleika Jaouad

Suleika Jaouad
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Famous As: Writer, advocate, and motivational speaker
Birthdate: July 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 27 Karen Civil

Karen Civil
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Famous As: Social media and digital media marketing strategist
Birthdate: November 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States

 28 Jessica Feshbach

Jessica Feshbach
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Famous As: Scientology official,Member of Sea Org
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: United States of America

 29 Immaculée Ilibagiza

Immaculée Ilibagiza
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Famous As: Writer, Motivational speaker
Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Rwanda

 30 Ann Bancroft

Ann Bancroft
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mendota Heights, Minnesota, United States

Ann Bancroft grew up with a learning disability but later became a physical education teacher. She eventually quit her job and scripted history by becoming the first woman to reach the North Pole. She also led the first women’s group that reached the South Pole on skis.

 31 Emily Levine

Emily Levine
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Famous As: Humorist
Birthdate: October 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: February 3, 2019

 32 Julie Krone

Julie Krone
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Famous As: Jockey
Birthdate: July 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States

 33 Clemantine Wamariya

Clemantine Wamariya
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Famous As: Writer, Motivational speaker
Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: Kigali, Rwanda

 34 Gish Jen

Gish Jen
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 12, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States

 35 Bonnie St. John

Bonnie St. John
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Famous As: Skier
Birthdate: November 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 36 Mary Ellen Clark

Mary Ellen Clark
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Famous As: Diver
Birthdate: December 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Abington Township, Pennsylvania, United States

 37 Clarina I. H. Nichols

Clarina I. H. Nichols
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 25, 1810
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Townshend, Vermont, United States
Died: January 11, 1885

 38 Lori Bakker

Lori Bakker
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Famous As: Former Televangelist, Speaker
Birthdate: August 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: United States

The wife of televangelist Jim Bakker and The Jim Bakker Show co-host, Lori Bakker had previously led a reckless life. Following five abortions, she switched to spirituality and joined the Phoenix First Assembly. She later formed the Mourning to Joy Ministry, to help women survive post-abortion trauma.

 39 Collins Tuohy

Collins Tuohy
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Famous As: Public Speaker
Birthdate: December 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

 40 Dr. Heavenly Kimes

Dr. Heavenly Kimes
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Famous As: Reality TV star, Dentist, Inspirational Speaker
Birthdate: November 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miami, Florida

 41 Siohvaughn Funches

Siohvaughn Funches
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Famous As: Dwyane Wade's Ex-wife
Birthdate: September 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States