Throughout history, there have been many women athletes who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female athletes such as Cathy Freeman, Wilma Rudolph, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Allyson Felix, Valerie Adams.The women athletes featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.
Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph

23 June 1940

American

Cathy FreemanCathy Freeman
(Sprinter)

16 February 1973

Australian

Valerie AdamsValerie Adams
(Shot Putter)

06 October 1984

New Zealander

Jessica Ennis-HillJessica Ennis-Hill
(Track & Field Athlete)

28 January 1986

British

Jackie Joyner-KerseeJackie Joyner-Kersee
(Athlete)

03 March 1962

American

Allyson FelixAllyson Felix
(Track and field athlete)

18 November 1985

American

Fatima WhitbreadFatima Whitbread
(Javelin Thrower)

03 March 1961

British

Gail DeversGail Devers
(Athlete)

19 November 1966

American

Betty CuthbertBetty Cuthbert
(Athlete)

20 April 1938

Australian

Nadia ComaneciNadia Comaneci
(Olympic Champion Gymnast)

12 November 1961

Romanian

Stefka KostadinovaStefka Kostadinova
(Olympic athlete)

25 March 1965

Bulgarian

Satcha PrettoSatcha Pretto
(Journalist)

05 April 1980

Honduran

Anna ChicherovaAnna Chicherova
(Olympic athlete)

22 July 1982

Armenian

Nancy KerriganNancy Kerrigan
(Figure skater)

13 October 1969

American

Caster SemenyaCaster Semenya
(Middle-distance runner)

07 January 1991

South African

Zara PhillipsZara Phillips
(Athlete, Equestrian)

15 May 1981

British

Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
(Sprinter)

21 December 1959

American

Katarina Johnson-ThompsonKatarina Johnson-Thompson
(Athletics competitor)

09 January 1993

British

Kathrine SwitzerKathrine Switzer
(Journalist, Athletics competitor, Non-fiction writer)

05 January 1947

American

Ellen WhitakerEllen Whitaker
(Show jumper)

05 March 1986

British

Paula RadcliffePaula Radcliffe
(Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor)

17 December 1973

British

Jessica MendozaJessica Mendoza
(Softball player)

11 November 1980

American

Kaetlyn OsmondKaetlyn Osmond
(Figure skater)

05 December 1995

Canadian

Marion JonesMarion Jones
(Basketball player, Sprinter)

12 October 1975

Belizean,American

Mikaela ShiffrinMikaela Shiffrin
(Alpine skier)

13 March 1995

American

Nicola AdamsNicola Adams
(Boxer)

26 October 1982

British

P. T. UshaP. T. Usha
(Athletics competitor)

27 June 1964

Indian

Lolo JonesLolo Jones
(Sprinter, Bobsledder, Athletics competitor)

05 August 1982

American

Rebecca AdlingtonRebecca Adlington
(Swimmer)

17 February 1989

British

Alina KabaevaAlina Kabaeva
(Politician, Model, Artistic gymnast, Rhythmic gymnast)

12 May 1983

Uzbekistan,Russian

Michelle JennekeMichelle Jenneke
(Hurdler, Athletics competitor, Model)

23 June 1993

Australian

Deepika KumariDeepika Kumari
(archer)

13 June 1993

Indian

Sally PearsonSally Pearson
(Athletics competitor)

19 September 1986

Australian

Ekaterina GordeevaEkaterina Gordeeva
(Figure skater)

28 May 1971

Russian

Sadako SasakiSadako Sasaki

07 January 1943

Japanese

Mary Lou RettonMary Lou Retton
(Artistic gymnast)

24 January 1968

American

Denise LewisDenise Lewis
(Athletics competitor)

27 August 1972

British

Foekje DillemaFoekje Dillema
(athletics competitor)

18 September 1926

Dutch

Yelena IsinbayevaYelena Isinbayeva
(Pole vaulter, Athletics competitor)

03 June 1982

Russian

Zola BuddZola Budd
(Middle-distance runner, Marathon runner)

26 May 1966

South African

Aliya MustafinaAliya Mustafina
(Artistic gymnast)

30 September 1994

Russian

Kerri Walsh JenningsKerri Walsh Jennings
(Volleyball player, Beach volleyball player)

15 August 1978

American

Misty May-TreanorMisty May-Treanor
(Volleyball player, Beach volleyball player)

30 July 1977

American

Debi ThomasDebi Thomas
(Figure skater)

25 March 1967

American

Dominique MoceanuDominique Moceanu
(Artistic gymnast)

30 September 1981

American

Suzy Favor HamiltonSuzy Favor Hamilton
(Athletics competitor, Call girl)

08 August 1968

American

Rachel HomanRachel Homan
(Curler)

05 April 1989

Canadian

Victoria PendletonVictoria Pendleton
(Track cyclist, Sport cyclist, Autobiographer, Jockey)

24 September 1980

British

Delilah DiCrescenzoDelilah DiCrescenzo
(Athletics competitor)

07 February 1983

American

Dafne SchippersDafne Schippers
(Athletics competitor)

15 June 1992

Georgina BloombergGeorgina Bloomberg
(Equestrian)

20 January 1983

American

Shannon MillerShannon Miller
(Artistic gymnast, Lawyer)

10 March 1977

American

Kelly HolmesKelly Holmes
(Middle-distance runner)

19 April 1970

British

Genzebe DibabaGenzebe Dibaba
(Long-distance runner, Middle-distance runner, Athletics competitor)

08 February 1991

Ethiopian

Sara McMannSara McMann
(Mixed martial artist, Amateur wrestler)

24 September 1980

American

Tirunesh DibabaTirunesh Dibaba
(long-distance runner, athletics competitor)

01 June 1985

Ethiopian

Florence Griffith-JoynerFlorence Griffith-Joyner
(American track and field athlete)

21 December 1959

American

Shelly-Ann Fraser-PryceShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

27 December 1986

Jamaican

Christine SinclairChristine Sinclair
(Association football player)

12 June 1983

Canadian

Dominique DawesDominique Dawes
(Artistic gymnast)

20 November 1976

American

Picabo StreetPicabo Street
(Olympic athlete)

03 April 1971

American

Mary DeckerMary Decker
(Long-distance runner, Middle-distance runner, Athletics competitor)

04 August 1958

American

Simona de SilvestroSimona de Silvestro
(Racecar driver)

01 September 1988

Swiss

Tatyana McFaddenTatyana McFadden
(Cross-country skier, Athletics competitor)

21 April 1989

American

Anna MearesAnna Meares
(Sport cyclist)

21 September 1983

Australian

Darya DomrachevaDarya Domracheva
(Biathlete)

03 August 1986

Belarusian

Svetlana KhorkinaSvetlana Khorkina
(Politician, Artistic gymnast)

19 January 1979

Russian

Charlotte DujardinCharlotte Dujardin
(Dressage rider)

13 July 1985

British

Ibtihaj MuhammadIbtihaj Muhammad
(fencer)

04 December 1985

American

Carmelita JeterCarmelita Jeter
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

24 November 1979

American

Merlene OtteyMerlene Ottey
(Sprinter, Athletics competitor)

10 May 1960

Jamaican,Slovenian

Simone ManuelSimone Manuel
(American olympic athlete)

02 August 1996

American

Marita KochMarita Koch
(Athlete)

18 February 1957

German

Amy WilliamsAmy Williams
(Skeleton racer)

29 September 1982

British

Santhi SoundarajanSanthi Soundarajan
(middle-distance runner)

17 April 1981

Indian

Anjali BhagwatAnjali Bhagwat
(Sport shooter)

05 December 1969

Indian

Veronica Campbell-BrownVeronica Campbell-Brown
(Sprinter)

15 May 1982

Jamaican

Athina Onassis RousselAthina Onassis Roussel

29 January 1985

French

Cristina NeaguCristina Neagu
(Handball player)

26 August 1988

Romanian

Wang ShixianWang Shixian
(Badminton player)

13 February 1990

Christine OhuruoguChristine Ohuruogu
(Writer, Sprinter)

17 May 1984

British

Evelyn AshfordEvelyn Ashford
(American olympic athlete)

15 April 1957

American

Grete WaitzGrete Waitz
(Marathon runner, Long-distance runner, Athletics competitor)

01 October 1953

Norwegian

Marie-José PérecMarie-José Pérec

09 May 1968

Guadeloupean

Nova PerisNova Peris
(field hockey player, athletics competitor, politician)

25 November 1971

Australian

Mariya SavinovaMariya Savinova
(Middle-distance runner, Athletics competitor)

13 August 1985

Russian

Jessica Rae SpringsteenJessica Rae Springsteen

30 December 1991

American

Becky DownieBecky Downie
(Artistic gymnast)

24 January 1992

British

Maria MutolaMaria Mutola
(Athlete)

27 October 1972

Mozambican

Torah BrightTorah Bright
(Snowboarder)

27 December 1986

Australian

Magdalena NeunerMagdalena Neuner
(German biathlete)

09 February 1987

German

Daniela RyfDaniela Ryf
(Triathlete)

29 May 1987

Swiss

Carolina KlüftCarolina Klüft
(Athlete)

02 February 1983

Swedish

Natalie SpoonerNatalie Spooner
(Ice hockey player)

17 October 1990

Canadian

He KexinHe Kexin
(Artistic gymnast)

01 January 1992

Chinese

Andrea HewittAndrea Hewitt
(Triathlete)

04 April 1982

New Zealander

Deng YapingDeng Yaping
(Table tennis player)

05 February 1973

Alice CoachmanAlice Coachman
(American olympic athlete)

09 November 1923

American

Maria PasekaMaria Paseka
(Artistic gymnast)

19 July 1995

Russian