Women Anthropologists

Throughout history, there have been many women anthropologists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female anthropologists such as Jane Goodall, Margaret Mead, Zora Neale Hurston, Ann Dunham, Dian Fossey.The women anthropologists featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

 1 Ann Dunham

Ann Dunham
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Famous As: Barack Obama's Mother
Birthdate: November 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 7, 1995
Ann Dunham was the mother of former U.S. President Barack Obama. She was an economic anthropologist and worked for the betterment of rural Indonesian women. She had met Barack Obama Sr. while studying at the University of Hawaii. She had worked with USAID, the Ford Foundation, and Bank Rakyat Indonesia.

 2 Jane Goodall

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Famous As: Primatologist
Birthdate: April 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

Jane Goodall is an English anthropologist and primatologist. Goodall's research proved that chimpanzees could use tools like stalks of grass to fish out termites from termite holes; this also challenged the long-held belief that chimpanzees were vegetarians. Goodall also discovered that chimpanzees are capable of emotions like sorrow and joy. Goodall is also credited with founding the Jane Goodall Institute.

 3 Alice Roberts

Alice Roberts
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: May 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 4 Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston
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Famous As: Folklorist, Anthropologist
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: January 28, 1960

 5 Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead
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Famous As: Cultural Anthropologist
Birthdate: December 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 15, 1978

 6 Ruth Benedict

Ruth Benedict
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Folklorist, University teacher, Poet, Sociologist, Biographer
Birthdate: June 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 17, 1948

 7 Gayle Rubin

Gayle Rubin
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Famous As: Anthropologist, university teacher, essayist, LGBT rights activist
Birthdate: 1949 AD
Nationality: American
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 8 Mary Leakey

Mary Leakey
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Famous As: Paleoanthropologist
Birthdate: February 6, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: December 9, 1996

 9 Margaret Murray

Margaret Murray
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Egyptologist
Birthdate: July 13, 1863
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: November 13, 1963

 10 Mary Douglas

Mary Douglas
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: March 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian, British
Died: May 16, 2007

 11 Helen Fisher

Helen Fisher
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: May 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian, American

 12 Johnnetta Cole

Johnnetta Cole
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Famous As: Anthropologist and educator
Birthdate: October 19, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 13 Meave Leakey

Meave Leakey
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Famous As: Paleoanthropologist
Birthdate: July 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 14 Sherry Ortner

Sherry Ortner
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Famous As: Anthropologist, University teacher
Birthdate: September 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 15 Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Nancy Scheper-Hughes
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Famous As: anthropologist
Birthdate: September 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 16 Pearl Primus

Pearl Primus
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 29, 1994

 17 Eugenie Scott

Eugenie Scott
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Famous As: Anthropologist, University teacher
Birthdate: October 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 18 Frances Densmore

Frances Densmore
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: May 21, 1867
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 5, 1957

 19 Dame Anne Salmond

Dame Anne Salmond
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: November 16, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: New Zealander

 20 Ella Cara Deloria

Ella Cara Deloria
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: January 31, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 12, 1971

 21 Hortense Powdermaker

Hortense Powdermaker
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Famous As: Cultural anthropologist
Birthdate: December 24, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: June 15, 1970

 22 Alice Cunningham Fletcher

Alice Cunningham Fletcher
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: March 15, 1838
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 6, 1923

 23 Elsie Clews Parsons

Elsie Clews Parsons
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: November 27, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 19, 1941

 24 Audrey I. Richards

Audrey I. Richards
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: July 8, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: June 29, 1984

 25 Audrey Richards

Audrey Richards
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: July 8, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: June 29, 1984

 26 Lydia Cabrera

Lydia Cabrera
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: May 20, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Cuban
Died: September 19, 1991

 27 Ruth Cardoso

Ruth Cardoso
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: September 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Brazilian
Died: June 24, 2008

 28 Marjorie Shostak

Marjorie Shostak
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: May 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: October 6, 1996

 29 Sylvie Vincent

Sylvie Vincent
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: April 27, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Canadian
Died: April 30, 2020

 30 Erminnie A. Smith

Erminnie A. Smith
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: April 26, 1836
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 9, 1886

 31 Carole C. Noon

Carole C. Noon
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: July 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 2, 2009