Women Intellectuals & Academics

Throughout history, there have been many women intellectuals & academics who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female intellectuals & academics such as Jane Goodall, Ann Dunham, Hildegard of Bingen, Simone de Beauvoir, Mary Wollstonecraft.The women intellectuals & academics featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & India and many more countries.

 1 Janet Yellen

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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: August 13, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 2 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.

 3 Florence Nightingale

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Famous As: Founder of Modern Nursing
Birthdate: May 12, 1820
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: August 13, 1910
The Lady with the Lamp Florence Nightingale is remembered for her relentless efforts in nursing soldiers during the Crimean War. She founded London’s St Thomas' Hospital to train nurses. She also pioneered the use of the polar area diagram and was the first female member of the Royal Statistical Society.

 4 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.

 5 Mary Wollstonecraft

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 27, 1759
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: September 10, 1797

Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer, advocate of women's rights, and philosopher. Wollstonecraft, who attracted a lot of attention for her unconventional personal relationships, is widely considered a founding feminist philosopher. Although her unorthodoxy initially attracted criticisms, her advocacy of women's equality became increasingly important during the 20th century. Modern-day feminists cite her works and her life as important influences.

 6 Katharine Gun

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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Nationality: British

 7 Hannah Arendt

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 14, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
Died: December 4, 1975

Hannah Arendt was a political theorist. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most prominent political thinkers, Hannah Arendt's articles and books have had a significant influence on philosophy and political theory. Her life and work inspired the 2012 biographical drama film, Hannah Arendt. Her work has also inspired several biographies written by popular authors.

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 8 Simone de Beauvoir

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 9, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: April 14, 1986
French author and existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir is best remembered for her feminist treatise The Second Sex and her novels The Mandarins and She Came to Stay. Her literary contributions also include essays, biographies, and her autobiographical works. She won the Prix Goncourt and the Jerusalem Prize.

 9 Heather Cox Richardson

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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: 1962 AD
Nationality: American

 10 Samantha Power

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 11 Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Famous As: Journalist, Historian
Birthdate: January 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 12 Hypatia

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Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer, Writer
Birthdate: 0370 AD
Nationality: Ancient Roman
Died: 0415 AD

 13 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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Famous As: Diplomat, Economist
Birthdate: June 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Nigerian

 14 Rosa Luxemburg

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Famous As: Marxist Theorist
Birthdate: March 5, 1871
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, Polish
Died: January 15, 1919

 15 Lucy Worsley

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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 16 Christine Blasey Ford

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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: November 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 17 Alice Roberts

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

 18 Judith Butler

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Famous As: Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Sociologist, Literary critic, Feminist, Journalist
Birthdate: February 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 19 Saint Teresa of Avila

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: March 28, 1515
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Spanish
Died: October 4, 1582

 20 Teresa of Ávila

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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: March 28, 1515
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Spanish
Died: October 4, 1582

 21 Pamela Stephenson

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Famous As: Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Author, Television presenter, Stage actor, Film actor
Birthdate: December 4, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: New Zealander

 22 Hildegard of Bingen

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 16, 1098
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: September 17, 1179

 23 Christine Lagarde

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Famous As: Economist, Lawyer, Diplomat, Politician, Synchronized swimmer, Banker
Birthdate: January 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French

 24 Zora Neale Hurston

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

 25 N. K. Jemisin

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 26 Kim Campbell

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Famous As: 19th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

 27 Helena Blavatsky

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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: August 12, 1831
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American, Russian
Died: May 8, 1891

 28 Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: May 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Argentinian, Dutch

 29 Camille Paglia

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Famous As: Cultural critic
Birthdate: April 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 30 Robin DiAngelo

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Famous As: Academic
Birthdate: September 8, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 31 Bettany Hughes

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Famous As: historian
Birthdate: 1968 AD
Nationality: British

 32 Margaret Mead

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

 33 Charlotte Casiraghi

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Famous As: Editor-at-large, Equestrian Sports Ambassador
Birthdate: August 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Monacan

 34 Kristalina Georgieva

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Famous As: Managing Director of the IMF
Birthdate: August 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Bulgarian

 35 Cherie Blair

Cherie Blair
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Famous As: Barrister
Birthdate: September 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 36 Simone Weil

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Famous As: Philosopher, mystic and social activist
Birthdate: February 3, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French
Died: August 24, 1943

 37 Anne Applebaum

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Famous As: Columnist, Historian, Writer, Non-fiction writer, Journalist
Birthdate: July 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Polish, American

 38 Esther Duflo

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Famous As: American-French Economist
Birthdate: October 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French, American

 39 Suzannah Lipscomb

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Famous As: historian
Birthdate: December 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 40 Olga Tokarczuk

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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Psychologist
Birthdate: January 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Polish

 41 France Nuyen

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Famous As: Psychotherapist, Psychologist, Stage actor, Film actor
Birthdate: July 31, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French

 42 Juana Inés de la Cruz

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Famous As: Poet, Nun, Writer, Mathematician, Philosopher, Feminist, Composer
Birthdate: November 12, 1651
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Mexican
Died: April 17, 1695

 43 Laura Schlessinger

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Famous As: Radio personality, Writer, Social worker, Psychologist, Children's writer, Journalist
Birthdate: January 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 44 Dee Dee Myers

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Famous As: Political scientist
Birthdate: September 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 45 Martha Nussbaum

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Famous As: Philosopher, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: May 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 46 Anna Freud

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Famous As: Founder of psychoanalytic child psychology
Birthdate: December 3, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Austrian
Died: October 9, 1982

 47 Iris Murdoch

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 15, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Irish, British
Died: February 8, 1999

 48 Anita Bose Pfaff

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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: November 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German

 49 Vandana Shiva

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Famous As: Philosopher, Physicist, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: November 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 50 Mary Beard

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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: January 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British