Women Leaders

Throughout history, there have been many women leaders who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female leaders such as Hillary Clinton, Queen Victoria, Mother Teresa, Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel.The women leaders featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

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 Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa
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Famous As: Founder of Missionaries of Charity
Birthdate: August 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Albanian, Indian
Died: September 5, 1997

An Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and a missionary, Mother Teresa was the founder of Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation. She was both an admired and controversial figure and was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. While she was admired by many for her charitable work, she also earned criticism for her stance against abortion and contraception.

 2 Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher
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Famous As: Former British Prime Minister
Birthdate: October 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
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.

 3 Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley
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Famous As: Governor of South Carolina
Birthdate: January 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Born to Indian immigrant parents, Nikki Haley went on to become the first Indian-American to hold an office in South Carolina and later became its governor—the first woman and second Indian American to be appointed governor in the US. A published author, she has also served as the US ambassador to the United Nations.

 4 Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: October 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 7, 1962

Feminist and civil rights icon Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was the longest-serving U.S First Lady. She was a prominent human rights activist, wrote columns, and hosted a radio show. She was named to Gallup's List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century in 1999.

 5 Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin
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Famous As: Former Governor of Alaska
Birthdate: February 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

In 2006, American politician Sarah Palin became the youngest and first female governor of Alaska. A couple of years later, she became the first Republican woman to become a vice presidential candidate. After resigning as the governor of Alaska, she got associated with Fox News, authored a number of books and also appeared in a reality television series. 

 6 Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern
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Famous As: Prime Minister of New Zealand
Birthdate: July 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: New Zealander

Jacinda Ardern is the current Prime Minister of New Zealand. In October 2017, at the age of 37, she became the world's youngest female head of government. Ardern was praised for the way she led her country after the Christchurch mosque shootings in March 2019 and handled the COVID 19 pandemic. She led her party to victory in 2020 general elections.

 7 Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great
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Famous As: Empress of Russia
Birthdate: May 2, 1729
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Russian
Died: November 17, 1796

The Empress of Russia for almost 35 years, Catherine the Great was the country's longest-ruling female leader. An ambitious ruler, she rapidly expanded the Russian Empire and is credited with modernizing the country along Western European lines. She supported the ideals of the Enlightenment and the period of her rule—the Catherinian Era—is considered the Golden Age of Russia.

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 8 Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary, Mother of Jesus
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Famous As: Mother of Jesus
Birthdate: September 8, 0018
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Israeli

 9 Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto
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Birthdate: June 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who served as Pakistan's prime minister in two separate terms and became the first woman in a Muslim majority nation to lead a democratic government. She was assassinated, at the age of 54, and after her death has been revered by many as an icon for women's rights.

 10 Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 11 Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 6, 2019

 12 Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria
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Famous As: Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Birthdate: May 24, 1819
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: January 22, 1901

The Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for over six decades, Queen Victoria reigned for longer than any of her predecessors. Her rule witnessed the vast expansion of the British Empire and ushered in a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes. Her Golden and Diamond Jubilees were celebrated with great pomp and show.

 13 Cleopatra

Cleopatra
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Famous As: Queen of the Ptolemaic Kingdom
Birthdate: 0069 BC
Nationality: Egyptian, Greek
Died: August 12, 0030

The last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom and the last true pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra is described as an extremely beautiful woman who was also intelligent and educated with command over numerous languages. Her romance and military alliances with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony have inspired numerous art works.

 14 Queen Rania of Jordan

Queen Rania of Jordan
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Famous As: Queen consort of Jordan.
Birthdate: August 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Jordanian

Queen Rania of Jordan is the current queen consort of Jordan. Since her marriage to Abdullah II of Jordan, Rania has focused on improving education and health in Jordan. In 2005, Queen Rania joined hands with the Ministry of Education to launch the Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education, an annual teachers’ award.

 15 Kristi Noem

Kristi Noem
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Famous As: Governor of South Dakota
Birthdate: November 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 16 Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly
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Famous As: Radio personality, Lawyer, Political activist, Journalist
Birthdate: August 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 5, 2016

 17 Martha McSally

Martha McSally
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 18 Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: February 10, 2014

After starting her film career at the age of three, Shirley Temple went on to become Hollywood's highest-grossing child actress from 1935 to 1938. She is the epitome of popular child stars who lose their charm as they grow up. Despite failing as an adult actress, she is ranked 18th in the greatest female screen legends of Classic Hollywood list.

 19 Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut
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Famous As: Pharaoh
Birthdate: 1508 BC
Nationality: Egyptian
Died: 1458 BC

Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmose I, ruled as the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt and was the second female pharaoh, according to records. She was the chief wife of Thutmose II, and ruled jointly with Thutmose III, Thutmose II’s son. She also named herself God's Wife of Amun.

 20 Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Activist, Feminist
Birthdate: November 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Somali-born Dutch-American activist, feminist, and scholar Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the founder of an organization for the defense of women's rights, the AHA Foundation. She actively opposes forced marriage, honor violence, and child marriage. A former Muslim, she now identifies as an atheist and is a vocal critic of Islam. She is a recipient of the Lantos Human Rights Prize.

 21 Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Chisholm
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Birthdate: November 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 1, 2005

A courageous political leader, Shirley Chisholm made history when she became the first African-American woman to be elected the United States Congresswoman. Later, she yet again created history when she—though unsuccessfullyVran for Democratic Party's presidential nomination to contest for US presidency. Throughout her career, she advocated racial equality and women empowerment. As an author, she penned two books.

 22 Christine Lagarde

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

 23 Wu Zetian

Wu Zetian
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Famous As: Chinese Empress
Birthdate: February 17, 0624
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Chinese
Died: December 16, 0705

Wu Zetian was a Chinese empress regnant who ruled the Zhou dynasty from 690 to 705. She is the only female monarch in Chinese history. Before ruling the Zhou dynasty, Wu Zetian had served as the de facto ruler of China from 665 to 690. Under her political and military leadership, the Chinese empire expanded beyond its former territorial limits.

 24 Amber Rudd

Amber Rudd
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Famous As: Former Home Secretary of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: August 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 25 Rani Lakshmibai

Rani Lakshmibai
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Famous As: Queen of Jhansi State
Birthdate: November 19, 1828
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
Died: June 18, 1858

 26 Arlyn Phoenix

Arlyn Phoenix
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Birthdate: December 31, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 27 Ronna McDaniel

Ronna McDaniel
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 28 Saint Teresa of Avila

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

Teresa of Ávila, also known as Saint Teresa of Jesus, was a Spanish noblewoman who later turned into a Carmelite nun. She was posthumously named a Doctor of the Church. She co-established the Discalced Carmelite Order. Her written works include The Interior Castle and her own autobiography.

 29 Jayalalitha Jayaram

Jayalalitha Jayaram
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Famous As: Indian Politician
Birthdate: February 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 5, 2016

 30 Hildegard of Bingen

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

Hildegard of Bingen was a German writer, composer, Christian mystic, visionary, philosopher, polymath, and Benedictine abbess of the High Middle Ages. Apart from being the most-recorded composers of sacred monophony in modern history, Hildegard of Bingen is also widely regarded as the founder of scientific natural history.

 31 Sheikh Hasina

Sheikh Hasina
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Birthdate: September 28, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Bangladeshi

Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangladesh's first president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, is the current prime minister of Bangladesh. The Awami League leader was also named to Forbes’s list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women and TIME 100, both in 2018, and is part of the Council of Women World Leaders.

 32 Maneka Gandhi

Maneka Gandhi
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Famous As: Politician, Animal Rights Activist
Birthdate: August 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 33 Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 34 Kirron Kher

Kirron Kher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

 35 Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 23, 1838
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: June 9, 1927

 36 Katie Hill

Katie Hill
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 37 Pam Bondi

Pam Bondi
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Famous As: Former Florida Attorney General
Birthdate: November 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Pam Bondi served as the attorney general of Florida from 2011 to 2019. She campaigned against same-sex marriage and launched an unsuccessful lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. She was on Trump’s defense team for his January 2020 impeachment trial and is said to have received generous donations from Trump.

 38 Pratibha Patil

Pratibha Patil
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Famous As: Former President of India
Birthdate: December 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

Pratibha Patil served as the president of India from 2007 to 2012 and was the first and only woman to have held the position. The INC member had also been the governor of the Indian state of Rajasthan earlier. She had started her political career as an MLA from Jalgaon.

 39 Jill Stein

Jill Stein
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Jill Stein is a physician who later became the presidential nominee for the Green Party in the 2012 and 2016 elections. She has also been the Green-Rainbow Party's candidate for the governorship of Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010. She believed in the Green New Deal, including climate change reforms.

 40 Linda McMahon

Linda McMahon
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Famous As: Administrator of the Small Business Administration
Birthdate: October 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Linda McMahon is an American political executive and former professional wrestling executive. She is credited with co-founding Titan Sports, Inc., which is now called as WWE, Inc., along with her husband Vince McMahon. She then left WWE to focus on her political career; from 2017 to 2019, she served as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration under Trump’s presidency.

 41 Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
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Famous As: Former President of Argentina
Birthdate: February 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Argentinian
Lawyer-turned-politician Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is the incumbent vice president of Argentina. She had previously served as the president of her country and the national senator of Buenos Aires. Cristina became the first directly elected lady Argentine president, though her presidency was riddled with corruption scandals and protests.

 42 Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Belarusian

 43 Rakhi Sawant

Rakhi Sawant
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Famous As: Model, Actor
Birthdate: November 25, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 44 Caroline, Princess of Hanover

Caroline, Princess of Hanover
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Famous As: Heir presumptive
Birthdate: January 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Monacan
Caroline, Princess of Hanover, is the daughter of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and renowned American actor Grace Kelly. An avid philanthropist, she was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and won the UNICEF Children's Champion Award for her charity work. She is married to Ernst August, Prince of Hanover.

 45 Kim Yo-jong

Kim Yo-jong
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Famous As: Younger Sister of Kim Jong-un
Birthdate: September 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: North Korean
North Korean politician Kim Yo-jong is the current deputy director of the WPK. She was previously part of the Politburo of the Workers' Party of Korea. She is the youngest child of Kim Jong-il, the former supreme leader of North Korea, and the younger sister of current dictator Kim Jong-un. 

 46 Roopa Ganguly

Roopa Ganguly
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

 47 Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon
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Famous As: First Minister of Scotland
Birthdate: July 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British, Scottish

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.

 48 Vasundhara Raje

Vasundhara Raje
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 49 Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann
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Famous As: Former United States Representative
Birthdate: April 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Politician Michele Bachmann is a member of the Republican Party. She represented Minnesota in the United States House of Representatives and is the first Republican woman to represent the state in Congress. She is a lawyer by qualification and a founder of the House Tea Party Caucus. She has been criticized for her homophobic views and anti-abortion stance.

 50 Jayasudha

Jayasudha
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian