British Women Leaders

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Jo Cox

Jo Cox
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Batley, West Yorshire, England, UK
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.

 2 Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon
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Famous As: First Minister of Scotland
Birthdate: July 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon is a Scottish politician. Since 2014, Sturgeon has been serving as the leader of the Scottish National Party and first minister of Scotland. Being the first woman to serve in these positions, Nicola Sturgeon is seen as a major inspiration to women across Scotland.

 3 Amber Rudd

Amber Rudd
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Famous As: Former Home Secretary of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: August 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England

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

Glenda Jackson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Birkenhead, Cheshire, 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 Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher
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Famous As: The Longest-Serving British Prime Minister of the 20th Century
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.

 6 Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott
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Famous As: Former Shadow Home Secretary
Birthdate: September 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom

 7 Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson
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Famous As: Editor, Journalist
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.

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 8 Diana Mitford

Diana Mitford
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: June 17, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belgravia, Westminster, London, England
Died: August 11, 2003

 9 Angela Rayner

Angela Rayner
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockport, England

 10 Theresa May

Theresa May
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
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.

 11 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

 12 Anna Soubry

Anna Soubry
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: December 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lincoln, England, United Kingdom

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.

 13 Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: March 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland, UK

 14 Esther McVey

Esther McVey
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

 15 Emily Thornberry

Emily Thornberry
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guildford, Surrey, England, UK

 16 Arlene Foster

Arlene Foster
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

 17 Nadine Dorries

Nadine Dorries
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: May 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

 18 Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer

Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newbury, London, England
Died: October 21, 2016

 19 Frances Barber

Frances Barber
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England

 20 Carrie Lam

Carrie Lam
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Famous As: Politician
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.

 21 Louise Mensch

Louise Mensch
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Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England

 22 Betty Boothroyd

Betty Boothroyd
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dewsbury, England, United Kingdom

 23 Constance Markievicz

Constance Markievicz
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Famous As: Politician
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.

 24 Jess Phillips

Jess Phillips
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Famous As: Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: October 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom

 25 Claire Williams

Claire Williams
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Famous As: manager
Birthdate: July 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Windsor

 26 Justine Greening

Justine Greening
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: April 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England, UK

 27 Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: December 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Malvern, Worcestershire, England, UK

 28 Shirley Williams

Shirley Williams
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Famous As: Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords (2001-04)
Birthdate: July 27, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England
Died: April 11, 2021

 29 Layla Moran

Layla Moran
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Famous As: Politician.
Birthdate: September 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England, UK

 30 Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bath, Somerset, England, UK

 31 Andrea Leadsom

Andrea Leadsom
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

 32 Tanni Grey-Thompson

Tanni Grey-Thompson
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Famous As: Television presenter, Politician, Athletics competitor
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.

 33 Millicent Fawcett

Millicent Fawcett
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 11, 1847
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aldeburgh, England
Died: August 5, 1929

 34 Harriet Harman

Harriet Harman
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Solicitor
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.

 35 Priti Patel

Priti Patel
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

 36 Samantha Cameron

Samantha Cameron
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Famous As: Housewife, Businessperson
Birthdate: April 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paddington

 37 Barbara Anne Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn

Barbara Anne Castle, Baroness Castle of Blackburn
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 6, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Died: May 3, 2002

 38 Maud Gonne

Maud Gonne
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 21, 1866
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tongham, United Kingdom
Died: April 27, 1953

Maud Gonne not just co-founded the Sinn Féin party but also participated in the theater movement of W.B Yeats, who made her his muse and proposed to her many times, only to be rejected. An Irish nationalist, she also formed the Daughters of Ireland and acted in Yeats’s first play Cathleen ni Houlihan.

 39 Tessa Jowell

Tessa Jowell
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Died: May 12, 2018

 40 Florence Green

Florence Green
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Famous As: Servicewoman
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

 41 Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst

Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst
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Famous As: Militant
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.

 42 Kate Hoey

Kate Hoey
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: June 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: County Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK

 43 Mo Mowlam

Mo Mowlam
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Watford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 19, 2005

 44 Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos

Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana

 45 Leanne Wood

Leanne Wood
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Llwynypia

 46 Clare Short

Clare Short
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham, Warwickshire, England

 47 Catherine Ashton

Catherine Ashton
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Upholland, West Lancashire, England

 48 Maryam Namazie

Maryam Namazie
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Famous As: Human rights activist, Politician
Birthdate: April 30, 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.

 49 Rosi Sexton

Rosi Sexton
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Famous As: Politician Taekwondo athlete
Birthdate: July 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Versailles, France

 50 Fleur Anderson

Fleur Anderson
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Famous As: Shadow Paymaster General
Birthdate: February 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jersey, Channel Islands