British Women Leaders

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Throughout history, there have been many British women leaders who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female leaders such as Queen Victoria, Margaret Thatcher, Annie Besant, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Anne Boleyn.
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 1 
Margaret Thatcher
(The Longest-Serving British Prime Minister of the 20th Century)
Margaret Thatcher
103
Birthdate: October 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
Died: April 8, 2013

United Kingdom’s first female Prime Minister and also the longest serving Prime Minister in the 20th century, Margaret Thatcher served three consecutive terms in the office from 1979 till 1990. Her political views and leadership approach, known as Thatcherism, got her the nickname of Iron Lady. Though controversial, she prominently ranks high in the list of the best British Prime Ministers.

 2 
Jo Cox
(Former British Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen (2015 - 2016))
Jo Cox
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Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Batley, West Yorkshire, England
Died: June 16, 2016

British MP and Labour Party politician Jo Cox had also worked with Oxfam. The world was shocked by the news of her brutal assassination in 2016. She was shot and stabbed multiple times by far-right terrorist Thomas Mair, who believed the white race was under threat due to leftist beliefs.

 3 
Amber Rudd
(Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2018 - 2019))
Amber Rudd
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Birthdate: August 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England, United Kingdom

Amber Rudd is a former politician who served as the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions of the United Kingdom from 2018 to 2019. From 2016 to 2018, she served as Home Secretary under Prime Minister Theresa May. Also a humanitarian, Amber Rudd is part of an organization called Snowdon Trust, which helps disabled people access education.

 4 
Glenda Jackson
(English Actress and Politician Known for Her for Role as ‘Gudrun Brangwen’ in the Film ‘Women in Love’)
Glenda Jackson
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Birthdate: May 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Birkenhead, England

Glenda Jackson is best known for her Academy Award-winning roles in the films Women in Love and A Touch of Class. She has also won two Emmys for playing Elizabeth I in the TV series Elizabeth R and a Tony for her role in the play Three Tall Women.

 5 
Diane Abbott
(Former Shadow Home Secretary)
Diane Abbott
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Birthdate: September 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom
 6 
Rachel Johnson
(Editor, Journalist)
Rachel Johnson
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Birthdate: September 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Rachel Johnson is a British television presenter, journalist, and author. She is known for appearing in panel discussion programs and debate programs, such as The Pledge and Question Time. A well-known novelist, Johnson served as a judge of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the UK.

 7 
Angela Rayner
(Politician)
Angela Rayner
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Birthdate: March 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockport, England
 8 
Diana Mitford
(Political Leader)
Diana Mitford
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Birthdate: June 17, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belgravia, Westminster, London, England
Died: August 11, 2003
 9 
Theresa May
(Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)
Theresa May
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Birthdate: October 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Theresa May is a British politician who became the United Kingdom's second female prime minister. She served as prime minister from 2016 to 2019. During her prime ministership, May's involvement in the Brexit negotiations gave rise to the Brexit withdrawal agreement. She is also credited with co-founding Women2Win, which promotes women empowerment.

 10 
Ann Widdecombe
(Politician)
Ann Widdecombe
5
Birthdate: October 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bath, Somerset, England, UK
 11 
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
 12 
Nadine Dorries
(Political Leader)
Nadine Dorries
3
Birthdate: May 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
 13 
Anna Soubry
(British Barrister, Journalist and Member of Parliament for Broxtowe (2010 - 2019))
Anna Soubry
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Birthdate: December 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Anna Soubry is a British journalist, barrister, and former politician. A vocal critic of Brexit, Soubry left the Conservative Party in February 2019 in order to join the Independent Group for Change (Change UK). Subsequently, Anna Soubry was appointed as the party's leader before the disbandment of Change UK following the party's failure at the December 2019 general election.

 14 
Yvette Cooper
(Political Leader)
Yvette Cooper
5
Birthdate: March 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland, UK
 15 
Arlene Foster
(Political Leader)
Arlene Foster
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Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
 16 
Jess Phillips
(Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom)
Jess Phillips
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Birthdate: October 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer
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Birthdate: September 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newbury, London, England
Died: October 21, 2016
 18 
Constance Markievicz
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Birthdate: February 4, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: July 15, 1927

Irish revolutionary political leader and suffragist Constance Markievicz scripted history by becoming the first woman to be elected as a cabinet minister in Europe and also the first female to be elected to the British Parliament. Sentenced to death for her role in the Easter Rising, she was later granted amnesty.

 19 
Carrie Lam
(Politician)
Carrie Lam
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Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wan Chai, Hong Kong, England

Carrie Lam is a Hong Kong politician who has been serving as the Chief Executive of Hong Kong since 2017. From 2007 to 2012, she served as the Secretary for Development. From 2012 to 2017, Lam was the Chief Secretary for Administration. A controversial leader, Carrie Lam's administration witnessed the criminalization of the Hong Kong National Party.

 20 
Frances Barber
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Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
 21 
Louise Mensch
(Blogger)
Louise Mensch
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Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
 22 
Betty Boothroyd
(Politician)
Betty Boothroyd
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Birthdate: October 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dewsbury, England, United Kingdom
 23 
Claire Williams
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Birthdate: July 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Windsor
 24 
Justine Greening
(Political Leader)
Justine Greening
3
Birthdate: April 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, UK
 25 
Tessa Jowell
(Politician)
Tessa Jowell
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Birthdate: September 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Died: May 12, 2018
 26 
Tanni Grey-Thompson
(Television presenter, Politician, Athletics competitor)
Tanni Grey-Thompson
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Birthdate: July 26, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

Winner of 16 Paralympic medals, including 11 golds, Tanni Grey-Thompson is a former wheelchair racer, who won the London Marathon six times and held more than 30 world records. Also a successful television personality and patron of numerous charities, she was created a Life Peer in 2010 and made Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe in Stockton-On-Tees.

 27 
Layla Moran
(Politician.)
Layla Moran
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Birthdate: September 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England, UK
 28 
Andrea Leadsom
(Politician)
Andrea Leadsom
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Birthdate: May 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
 29 
Esther McVey
(Politician)
Esther McVey
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Birthdate: October 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
 30 
Emily Thornberry
(Politician)
Emily Thornberry
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Birthdate: July 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guildford, Surrey, England, UK
 31 
Harriet Harman
(Politician, Lawyer, Solicitor)
Harriet Harman
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Birthdate: July 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London

Harriet Harman is an English solicitor and politician who has been serving as a Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham since 1982. An influential and popular politician, Harman has served in several Shadow Cabinet as well as Cabinet positions. Under Tony Blair, Harman served as the Secretary of State for Employment, Shadow Social Security Secretary, and Shadow Health Secretary.

 32 
Millicent Fawcett
(Feminist Politcian Who Led the Women's Suffrage Movement in Britain)
Millicent Fawcett
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Birthdate: June 11, 1847
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aldeburgh, England
Died: August 5, 1929

A pioneering leader of the women’s suffrage movement in Britain, Millicent Fawcett also co-established the Newnham College, Cambridge, which was one of the first English women’s universities. She also served as the president of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and investigated British concentration camps during the South African War.

 33 
Samantha Cameron
(Housewife, Businessperson)
Samantha Cameron
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Birthdate: April 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paddington
 34 
Priti Patel
(Former Home Secretary of the United Kingdom)
Priti Patel
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Birthdate: March 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Barbara Anne Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn
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Birthdate: October 6, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Died: May 3, 2002
 36 
Caroline Lucas
(Political Leader)
Caroline Lucas
3
Birthdate: December 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Malvern, Worcestershire, England, UK
 37 
Florence Green
(Servicewoman)
Florence Green
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Birthdate: February 19, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edmonton, London Edmonton, County of London London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland UK
Died: February 4, 2012
 38 
Shirley Williams
(Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords (2001-04))
Shirley Williams
5
Birthdate: July 27, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England
Died: April 12, 2021
 39 
Christabel Pankhurst
(British Suffragette and Co-Founder of the 'Women’s Social and Political Union')
Christabel Pankhurst
3
Birthdate: September 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Died: February 13, 1958

Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst was a British suffragette who co-founded the Women's Social and Political Union. From 1912 to 1913, Pankhurst directed the organization's militant actions from France. After the war, Christabel Pankhurst settled down in the United States of America where she served as an evangelist for the Second Coming movement.

 40 
Kate Hoey
(Political Leader)
Kate Hoey
3
Birthdate: June 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK
 41 
Mo Mowlam
(Politician)
Mo Mowlam
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Birthdate: September 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Watford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 19, 2005
 42 
Leanne Wood
(Politician)
Leanne Wood
3
Birthdate: December 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Llwynypia
 43 
Clare Short
(Politician)
Clare Short
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Birthdate: February 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
 44 
Catherine Ashton
(Politician)
Catherine Ashton
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Birthdate: March 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Upholland, West Lancashire, England
 45 
Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos
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Birthdate: March 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana
 46 
Maryam Namazie
(Human rights activist, Politician)
Maryam Namazie
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Birthdate: 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Maryam Namazie is a British-Iranian secularist, human rights activist, communist, commentator, and broadcaster. Namazie has had a huge impact on the lives of refugees around the world. In the USA, she co-founded the Committee for Humanitarian Assistance to Iranian Refugees. Maryam Namazie is also an outspoken critic of cultural relativism and the oppression of women in some Muslim countries.

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Rosi Sexton
(Politician Taekwondo athlete)
Rosi Sexton
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Birthdate: July 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Versailles, France
 48 
Fleur Anderson
(Shadow Paymaster General)
Fleur Anderson
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Birthdate: February 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jersey, Channel Islands
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Diana Wellesley, Duchess of Wellington
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Birthdate: January 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Woolwich, London, England
Died: November 1, 2010
 50 
Margaret Bondfield
(The First Female Cabinet Minister from the UK)
Margaret Bondfield
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Birthdate: March 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chard, Somerset, England
Died: June 16, 1953

Apart from being the first female minister and privy counsellor from the UK, politician and trade union leader Margaret Bondfield was also the first woman to chair the Trades Union Congress. She also served as a Labour Party MP and a minister of labour. Her written works include her memoir, A Life's Work.