Women Philosophers

Throughout history, there have been many women philosophers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female philosophers such as Simone de Beauvoir, Mary Wollstonecraft, Rosa Luxemburg, Peter Kropotkin, Edith Stein.The women philosophers 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 Simone de Beauvoir

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.

 2 Hannah Arendt

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.

 3 Mary Wollstonecraft

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.

 4 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.

 5 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.

 6 Teresa of Ávila

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

 7 Hypatia

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Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer, Writer
Birthdate: 0370 AD
Nationality: Ancient Roman
Died: 0415 AD
Hypatia was a Hellenistic Neoplatonist philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer who lived during the 4th and 5th centuries. She also taught and served as a counselor. She is remembered for her commentary on Diophantus's Arithmetica. She was later murdered and became a symbol of feminism and of opposition to Catholic ideals.
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 8 Helena Blavatsky

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

Russian philosopher Helena Blavatsky, or Madame Blavatsky, was one of the co-founders of the Theosophical Society. She popularized the slogan “There is no religion higher than truth.” She was inspired by the Arya Samaj and later converted to Buddhism. She also wrote books such as The Secret Doctrine.

 9 Juana Inés de la Cruz

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

 10 Christina Hoff Sommers

Christina Hoff Sommers
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Famous As: Author, Philosopher
Birthdate: September 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 11 Iris Murdoch

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

 12 Martha Nussbaum

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

 13 Vandana Shiva

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

 14 Edith Stein

Edith Stein
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 12, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
Died: August 9, 1942

Edith Stein was a German Jewish philosopher who studied at the University of Freiburg and completed her dissertation on empathy. Always interested in Catholicism, she read the autobiography of the mystic Teresa of Ávila and converted to Christianity, and became a Discalced Carmelite nun. She was killed in the Auschwitz concentration camp and is canonized as a martyr.

 15 Pema Chodron

Pema Chodron
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 14, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 16 Elena Cornaro Piscopia

Elena Cornaro Piscopia
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: June 5, 1646
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian
Died: July 26, 1684

 17 Savitri Devi

Savitri Devi
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Famous As: Writer, Poet
Birthdate: September 30, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French
Died: October 22, 1982

 18 Philippa Foot

Philippa Foot
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Famous As: Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: October 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: October 3, 2010

 19 Akka Mahadevi

Akka Mahadevi
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Indian

 20 Émilie du Châtelet

Émilie du Châtelet
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: December 17, 1706
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
Died: September 10, 1749

 21 Anandamayi Ma

Anandamayi Ma
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 27, 1982

 22 Harriet Martineau

Harriet Martineau
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Famous As: Linguist, Journalist, Economist, Historian, Translator, Writer, Sociologist, Essayist, Feminist
Birthdate: June 12, 1802
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: June 27, 1876

 23 Germaine de Staël

Germaine de Staël
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 22, 1766
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: July 14, 1817

 24 Luce Irigaray

Luce Irigaray
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Famous As: Philosopher, Linguist, University teacher, Psychologist, Feminist
Birthdate: May 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Belgian, French

 25 Carol Gilligan

Carol Gilligan
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Famous As: Psychologist, Philosopher, Non-fiction writer, Sociologist, Feminist
Birthdate: November 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 26 Héloïse

Héloïse
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Famous As: French nun
Birthdate: 1101 AD
Nationality: French
Died: May 16, 1164

 27 Grace Lee Boggs

Grace Lee Boggs
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Famous As: Writer, Civil rights advocate, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: June 27, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: October 5, 2015

 28 Mary Parker Follett

Mary Parker Follett
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Famous As: Social Woker
Birthdate: September 3, 1868
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: December 18, 1933

 29 G. E. M. Anscombe

G. E. M. Anscombe
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: March 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Irish, British
Died: January 5, 2001

 30 Anna Comnena

Anna Comnena
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Famous As: Greek Princess & Scholar
Birthdate: December 1, 1083
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Greek
Died: 1153 AD

 31 Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
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Famous As: philosopher, scientist, poet, science fiction writer
Birthdate: 1623 AD
Nationality: British
Died: December 15, 1673

 32 Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Maria Gaetana Agnesi
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Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher, Theologian
Birthdate: May 16, 1718
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 9, 1799

 33 Mary Daly

Mary Daly
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Famous As: Theologian, Writer, Philosopher, University teacher, Feminist
Birthdate: October 16, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 3, 2010

 34 Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
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Famous As: Academic Scholar
Birthdate: May 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 12, 2009

 35 Patricia Hill Collins

Patricia Hill Collins
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Famous As: Philosopher, Sociologist, University teacher, American Sociological Association Distinguished Scholarly Book Award
Birthdate: May 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 36 Adrian Piper

Adrian Piper
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Famous As: Conceptual Artist
Birthdate: September 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 37 Iris Marion Young

Iris Marion Young
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Famous As: Political scientist, Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: January 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: August 1, 2006

 38 Mary Midgley

Mary Midgley
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Famous As: Philosopher, Author, University teacher, Writer
Birthdate: September 13, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 39 Judith Jarvis Thomson

Judith Jarvis Thomson
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Famous As: Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: October 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 40 Ingeborg Bachmann

Ingeborg Bachmann
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Famous As: Poet, Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter, Philosopher, Essayist, Playwright
Birthdate: June 25, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian
Died: October 17, 1973

 41 Paul B. Preciado

Paul B. Preciado
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Spanish

 42 Patricia Churchland

Patricia Churchland
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Famous As: Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: July 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian

 43 Susanne Langer

Susanne Langer
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: December 20, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 17, 1985

 44 Nel Noddings

Nel Noddings
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Famous As: Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: January 19, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 45 Ban Zhao

Ban Zhao
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: 0049 AD
Nationality: Chinese
Died: 0120 AD

 46 Mary Astell

Mary Astell
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Famous As: Writer, Philosopher, Feminist
Birthdate: November 12, 1666
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: May 11, 1731

 47 Julia Robinson

Julia Robinson
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Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher, University teacher, Scientist
Birthdate: December 8, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 30, 1985

 48 Rosi Braidotti

Rosi Braidotti
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Famous As: Philosopher, University teacher, Feminist
Birthdate: September 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Australian

 49 Sunny Bergman

Sunny Bergman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Netherlands Antilles

 50 Frances Wright

Frances Wright
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Famous As: Writer, Philosopher
Birthdate: September 6, 1795
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: December 13, 1852