American Female Public Speakers

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Rhonda Ross Kendrick
(Actress and Singer, Best Known as the Daughter of Singer and Actress 'Diana Ross')
Rhonda Ross Kendrick
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Birthdate: August 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Rhonda Ross Kendrick, daughter of singer Diana Ross and Motown founder Berry Gordy, is best known for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of Toni Burrell in the soap Another World. She has also appeared in series such as The Temptations and Cosby. She grew up believing Robert Ellis Silberstein was her father. 
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Lizzie Velásquez
(Motivational Speaker)
Lizzie Velásquez
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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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Bristol Palin
(Public Speaker)
Bristol Palin
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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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Glennon Doyle Melton
(American Author and Public Speaker)
Glennon Doyle Melton
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Birthdate: March 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Burke, Virginia, United States

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.

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Esther Hicks
(Writer)
Esther Hicks
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Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Coalville, Utah, U.S.
 6 
Naomi Wolf
(Political writer)
Naomi Wolf
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Birthdate: November 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.
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Iyanla Vanzant
(Motivational speaker)
Iyanla Vanzant
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Birthdate: September 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
 8 
Aimee Mullins
(First Amputee to Compete Against Able-bodied Athletes in NCAA Events)
Aimee Mullins
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Birthdate: July 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

Born without fibular bones, Aimee Mullins had to have her legs amputated below the knee as an infant. Undeterred, she grew up to be a Paralympic record-breaker, competing as a track and field athlete with prosthetic legs. She has walked the ramp for Alexander McQueen and has starred in films, too.

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Kathy Garver
(Actress)
Kathy Garver
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Birthdate: December 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
 10 
Mel Robbins
(Television host)
Mel Robbins
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Birthdate: October 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: America
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Donna Rice
(Author)
Donna Rice
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Birthdate: January 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Jayne Kennedy
(Actress)
Jayne Kennedy
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Birthdate: October 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 13 
Anita Sarkeesian
(Feminist Media Critic and Founder of 'Feminist Frequency' Website)
Anita Sarkeesian
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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.

 14 
Suleika Jaouad
(Writer, advocate, and motivational speaker)
Suleika Jaouad
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Birthdate: July 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 15 
Erin Gruwell
(Teacher)
Erin Gruwell
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Birthdate: August 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: California
 16 
Ilyasah Shabazz
(Author)
Ilyasah Shabazz
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Birthdate: July 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens
 17 
Diana Nyad
(American Motivational Speaker and Long-Distance Swimmer)
Diana Nyad
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Birthdate: August 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Diana Nyad is an American journalist, author, long-distance swimmer, and motivational speaker. She achieved national recognition when she swam around Manhattan in 1975. Nyad made headlines again in 1979 when she swam from Bimini to Juno Beach. In 1986, Diana Nyad was inducted into of the US National Women's Sports Hall of Fame.

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Liz Murray
(Inspirational speaker)
Liz Murray
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Birthdate: September 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Catelynn Lowell
(Television personality)
Catelynn Lowell
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Birthdate: March 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port Huron, Michigan, United States
 20 
Julia Butterfly Hill
(Environmental Activist)
Julia Butterfly Hill
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Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Missouri, United States
 21 
Cathy O'Brien
(Author)
Cathy O'Brien
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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.

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Amy Cuddy
(Psychologist)
Amy Cuddy
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Birthdate: June 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Robesonia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Susan Powter
(American Motivational Speaker, Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and Author)
Susan Powter
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Birthdate: December 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Susan Powter moved from Australia to the U.S. with her parents at 10. While coping with her first divorce, she had gained weight, which eventually motivated her to become a fitness enthusiast. Now a prominent nutritionist, fitness blogger, and talk-show host, she is known for her catchphrase "Stop the Insanity!"

 24 
Marie Forleo
(Entrepreneur, Motivational speaker)
Marie Forleo
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Birthdate: December 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
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Karen Civil
(Social media and digital media marketing strategist)
Karen Civil
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Birthdate: November 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
 26 
Frances Harper
(American Abolitionist, Suffragist, Poet, Temperance Activist)
Frances Harper
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Birthdate: 1825 AD
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: 1911 AD
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Jessica Feshbach
(Former Scientology official known for Scientology spokesperson, Assistant to Katie Holmes)
Jessica Feshbach
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Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: United States
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Immaculée Ilibagiza
(Writer, Motivational speaker)
Immaculée Ilibagiza
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Birthdate: 1972 AD
Birthplace: Rwanda
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Emily Levine
(Humorist)
Emily Levine
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Birthdate: October 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: February 3, 2019
 30 
Julie Krone
(American Retired Jockey)
Julie Krone
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Birthdate: July 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States
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Clemantine Wamariya
(Writer, Motivational speaker)
Clemantine Wamariya
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Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: Kigali, Rwanda
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Gish Jen
(Writer)
Gish Jen
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Birthdate: August 12, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States
 33 
Lori Bakker
(Former Televangelist, Motivational Speaker and Founder of the 'Lori's House' Organisation)
Lori Bakker
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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.

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Collins Tuohy
(American Actress, Public Speaker, and the Adoptive Sister of Football Offensive Tackle Michael Oher)
Collins Tuohy
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Birthdate: December 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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Clarina I. H. Nichols
(Journalist)
Clarina I. H. Nichols
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Birthdate: January 25, 1810
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Townshend, Vermont, United States
Died: January 11, 1885
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Dr. Heavenly Kimes
(American Reality TV Star, Dentist, And Inspirational Speaker)
Dr. Heavenly Kimes
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Birthdate: November 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
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Siohvaughn Funches
(Dwyane Wade's Ex-wife)
Siohvaughn Funches
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Birthdate: September 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)