Women Spiritual & Religious Leaders

Throughout history, there have been many women spiritual & religious leaders who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female spiritual & religious leaders such as Mother Teresa, Bernadette Soubirous, Mata Amritanandamayi, Mary MacKillop, Saint Teresa of Avila.The women spiritual & religious leaders featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

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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
Birthplace: Skopje
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 Aphrodite

Aphrodite.
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Famous As: Greek Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 3 Athena

Athena.
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Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 4 Artemis

Artemis.
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Famous As: Greek goddess of the hunt
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 5 Mermaid

Mermaid.
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Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greee

 6 Hera

Hera
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Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 7 Hecate

Hecate
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Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece
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 8 Stella Immanuel

Stella Immanuel
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Famous As: Physician, writer
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Cameroon

 9 Nymph

Nymph
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Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 10 Esther

Esther.
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Famous As: Queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus
Birthdate: 0000 BC
Birthplace: Achaemenid Empire
Esther from the Book of Esther was a Jewish queen of the Persian king Ahasuerus. While the king’s advisor, Haman, angered by Esther’s cousin, Mordecai, planned to kill all Jews, Esther reversed the plan with the king’s permission. The Jewish festival Purim marks the day the Jews murdered their enemies.

 11 Demeter

Demeter
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Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 12 Arlyn Phoenix

Arlyn Phoenix
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Birthdate: December 31, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Bronx

Arlyn Phoenix, or Heart Phoenix, is the mother of actor Joaquin Phoenix. Her other son, River Phoenix, died of a drug overdose. Her three other children are also actors. She and her first husband were members of the cult The Children of God. She is now a renowned peace activist.

 13 Circe

Circe
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Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 14 Hestia

Hestia
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Famous As: Goddess of the Hearth
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 15 Thérèse of Lisieux

Thérèse of Lisieux.
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Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: January 2, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alençon, Orne, France
Died: September 30, 1897
French nun Thérèse of Lisieux, known as "The Little Flower of Jesus,” became one of the most well-known Catholic saints ever. She became the youngest Doctor of the Church and the third woman to receive the honor. A devoted Carmelite, she died of tuberculosis at age 24.

 16 Nyx

Nyx
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Famous As: Greek Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 17 Rhea (mythology)

Rhea (mythology)
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Famous As: Goddess in Greek mythology
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 18 Bernadette Soubirous

Bernadette Soubirous.
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: January 7, 1844
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lourdes, France
Died: April 16, 1879
Bernadette Soubirous grew up amidst poverty, which contributed to her ill health and her stunted frame of just over 4 feet. At 14, she had visions of the Virgin Mary, which led to the formation of the Marian shrine of Lourdes. She was declared a saint by Pope Pius XI.

 19 Gaia

Gaia
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Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 20 Moirai

Moirai
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Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 21 Selene

Selene
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Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 22 Catherine of Alexandria

Catherine of Alexandria.
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0287 AD
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 0305 AD

Catherine of Alexandria is a Christian saint who was martyred at the hands of the Roman Emperor Maxentius in the early 4th century. Catherine is generally credited with converting hundreds of people to Christianity. Over 1,100 years after her martyrdom, French warrior Joan of Arc claimed that Catherine was one of the saints to counsel her in her visions.

 23 Saint Anne

Saint Anne.
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Famous As: Mother of Virgin Mary
Birthdate: 0050 BC
Birthplace: Bethlehem
Died: 0012 AD
Though she finds no mention in the Bible, Saint Anne is regarded as the mother of the Virgin Mary, and thus the grandmother of Jesus Christ. Ancient scriptures mention how Gabriel had visited childless Anne and Joachim and had told them they would have a child dedicated to God.

 24 Bernice King

Bernice King
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Famous As: Minister
Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Bernice King is an American minister best known as the daughter of the popular activist and leader Martin Luther King Jr. Over the years, Barnice King has supported many noble causes for which she has been honored with several awards. In 2009, she was honored at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Convention for her service to women.

 25 Saint Lucy

Saint Lucy.
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0283 AD
Birthplace: Syracuse, Roman Empire
Died: 0304 AD

Saint Lucy was a Christian martyr who was killed during the Great Persecution. Lucy is venerated as a saint in the Anglican, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches. She is one of the women commemorated in the Canon of the Mass by Roman Catholics. Saint Lucy's Day, her traditional feast day, is observed on 13 December by Western Christians.

 26 Atalanta

Atalanta
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Famous As: Greek mythological character
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 27 Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary, Mother of Jesus
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Famous As: Mother of Jesus
Birthdate: September 8, 0018
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nazareth

The mother of Jesus Christ and the wife of Joseph, Mary, also known as the Virgin Mary, finds mention in both the New Testament and the Quran. Though most Catholic scholars believe in traditional Marian dogmas, Protestants have often argued, questioning ideas such as the Assumption of Mary.

 28 Hebe

Hebe
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Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 29 Mata Amritanandamayi

Mata Amritanandamayi.
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Famous As: Spiritual Leader
Birthdate: September 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Parayakadavu, Alappad Panchayath, Kollam District, (now Kerala), India

 30 Olga of Kiev

Olga of Kiev.
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Pskov, Russia
Died: July 11, 0969
Although revered as a saint, Olga, the first Kiev royal member to adopt Christianity, is remembered for the brutal revenge on her husband Igor I’s murderers. She got her men to capture the Drevlians who suggested she marry Prince Mal, who had killed Igor, and watched them being buried alive. 

 31 Vestal Virgin

Vestal Virgin
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Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Rome

 32 Rebecca

Rebecca
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Birthdate: 0000 BC

 33 Nemesis

Nemesis
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Famous As: Goddess of Rhamnous
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 34 Leah

Leah.
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Famous As: Daughter of Laban
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 35 Rita of Cascia

Rita of Cascia
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Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: 1381 AD
Birthplace: Roccaporena, Italy
Died: May 22, 1457

 36 Clare of Assisi

Clare of Assisi.
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: July 16, 1194
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Assisi, Italy
Died: August 11, 1253
Clare of Assisi, inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, ran away from home to escape marriage and received her vows instead. She later formed the Poor Clares. She was made the patron saint of television, as she had once seen the Mass on the walls of her room.

 37 Saint Cecilia

Saint Cecilia
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0200 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 22, 0230

 38 Faustyna Kowalska

Faustyna Kowalska
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: August 25, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Łódź
Died: October 5, 1938

 39 Vesta

Vesta
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Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 40 Zinovia Dushkova

Zinovia Dushkova
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kongaz, Moldova

Zinovia Dushkova is a Russian poet, historian, philosopher, and author. A prominent writer, Dushkova's works have been translated into seven languages. In 2015, she was honored with the 20 Years of Gagauzia Medal. In 2017, Zinovia Dushkova’s book, The Call of the Heart, was honored at the Nautilus Book Awards with a silver medal in the United States of America.

 41 Sister Nivedita

Sister Nivedita
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: October 28, 1867
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Died: October 13, 1911

 42 Amphitrite

Amphitrite
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Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 43 Mother Angelica

Mother Angelica
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Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: April 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States
Died: March 27, 2016

Born to Italian parents, amid poverty, in Ohio, Mother Angelica and her siblings were raised by her mother after her father abandoned them. Initially a factory worker, she later became a Poor Clare nun and also founded the Eternal Word Television Network, which streamed Catholic-oriented programs.

 44 Agatha of Sicily

Agatha of Sicily.
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0231 AD
Birthplace: Catania, Italy
Died: 0251 AD

Agatha of Sicily is a Christian saint, one of the several virgin martyrs commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. She was put to death during the Decian persecution (250–253) in Catania, Sicily. Owing to her determined profession of faith, she is highly venerated in Christianity. She is the patron saint of martyrs and wet nurses. 

 45 Leigh Taylor-Young

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Actor Leigh Taylor-Young had initially studied economics, before switching to theater. After gaining fame with the soap Peyton Place, she delivered a Golden Globe-winning performance in the film I Love You, Alice B. Toklas. She also won an Emmy for her role in the series Picket Fences.

 46 Mary Baker Eddy

Mary Baker Eddy.
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Famous As: Religious Leader
Birthdate: July 16, 1821
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bow, New Hampshire, United States
Died: December 3, 1910

Born to Congregationalist parents, Mary Baker Eddy had a difficult life, from losing her brother at 20, being widowed at 22, and then surviving a divorce. Remembered as the pioneer of Christian Science, she propagated faith healing and believed the cause of all illnesses lie in the human mind.

 47 Mary MacKillop

Mary MacKillop.
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Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: January 15, 1842
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New South Wales
Died: August 8, 1909

Mary MacKillop, the first Australian to be made a saint by the Catholic Church, was born to poor Scottish immigrants and had taken up the reins of her family at age 14. She got a pedophile priest dismissed and is thus revered as a patron saint of sexual abuse victims.

 48 Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Seton
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Famous As: Teacher, Abbé, Memoirist, Nun
Birthdate: August 28, 1774
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City
Died: January 4, 1821
Born to a physician, Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American to be canonized by the Catholic Church, helped establish the first charity in New York. Part of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph, she pioneered the Catholic schooling system, establishing the first Catholic girls’ school in the U.S. 

 49 Enyo

Enyo
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Famous As: Goddess
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece

 50 Sibyl

Sibyl
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Famous As: Prophets
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Greece