Top 100 Famous Women

A list of the most famous women from around the world.

1. Princess Diana (1961 - 1997) - Princess of Wales, married to Prince Charles. Later divorced. Known for her humanitarian and charity work, she died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

2. Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) - Third Prime Minister of India 1966-77 and 1980-84. Wielded considerable influence in post-war India shaping constitution and society. Assassinated by Sikh bodyguards in 1984.

3. Queen Victoria (1819-1901) - Queen of Great Britain during nineteenth century. Oversaw dramatic rise in prominence of Great Britain and her Empire.

4. Madonna (1958 - ) American singer and songwriter. Often noted for controversial lyrics and activities. Best selling female artist of all time.

5. Mary Magdalene (4 BC - 40AD)  - Devotee of Jesus Christ. Present at Christ's crucifixion and the first person to see Jesus after his resurrection.

6. Benazir Bhutto (1953 - 2007) Prime Minister of Pakistan. First woman to lead a Muslim state.

7. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929 – 1994 )- Wife of John F. Kennedy. Cultural and fashion icon of the 1960s. Made contributions to preservation of historic architecture.

8. Cleopatra (69 -30 BC) - Last Pharaoh of ancient Egypt. Had relationship with Roman rulers, Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony.

9. Joan of Arc (1412-1431) - Young girl who inspired French to revolt against British rule. Burnt at the stake for witchcraft.

10. Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) - Actress, model and icon of post war America.

11. Mother Teresa (1910-1997) - Nun and charity worker. Mother Teresa dedicated life to serving poor and disadvantaged.

12. Anne Frank ( 1929-1945) - Jewish diarist who documented her life hiding in an Amsterdam attic during the Nazi occupation. Died at Belsen concentration camp in last months of the war.

13. Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) - Actress. Voted greatest female screen legend of all time. Fashion icon and humanitarian who worked for Unicef.

14. Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ) Chat show host and icon of American women. Winfrey's chat show and book club are very influential.

15. Billie Jean King (1943- ) - Tennis player and advocate for equality between men and women

16. Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204) - Queen of France and one of the wealthiest and most powerful women of the middle ages.

17. Hilary Clinton (1947 - ) US Secretary of State 2009-2013. First lady during Bill Clinton's presidency and democratic candidate for President in 2008.

18. Brigitte Bardot (1934- ) French actress, dancer, singer and after retiring from the entertainment industry an animal rights activist.

19. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) - American wife of F.D.Roosevelt and human rights campaigner.

20. Coco Chanel (1883-1971) - fashion designer and founder of fashion label Chanel. Influential in 1920s for setting new fashion trends which broke with previous styles.

  1. St Teresa Of Avila (1515-1582) - Saint, mystic and writer.
  2. Agatha Christie (1890-1973)- Best selling crime fiction author
  3. Catherine de Medici (1519-1589)
  4. Mata Hari - (1876 - 1917) Exotic dancer, executed as spy during First World War
  5. J.K.Rowling (1965- ) - Author of Harry Potter series.
  6. Elizabeth I (1533-1603) - Queen of England
  7. Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) Swedish actress
  8. Catherine the Great (1729-1796) - Queen of Russia
  9. Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) - Early feminist and writer.
  10. Jane Austen (1775-1817) - Writer
  11. Aung San Suu Kyi (1945- ) Burmese democrat.
  12. Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) - Anti slavery campaigner
  13. Mae West (1892-1980) - US actress
  14. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) - Pioneering nurse
  15. Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) - Political activist for women and human rights
  16. Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) - Poet
  17. Marie Antoinette (1755-1795) - French Queen of Austrian birth
  18. Emily Pankhurst (1858-1928) - Suffragette
  19. Marie Curie (1867-1934) - Nobel Prize winning scientist
  20. Emily Murphy (1868-1933) - Female lawyer
  21. Rosa Luxemburg (1870-1919) - Political activist
  22. Zsa Zsa Gabor (1919- ) Hungarian actress
  23. Bette Davis (1908-1989) - US actress
  24. Helena Rubinstein (1870-1965) - US businesswomen
  25. Helen Keller (1880-1968) - campaigner for death and blind.
  26. Emily Bronte (1818 - 1848) - English writer
  27. Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) - adventurer.
  28. Raisa Gorbachev - Wife of Mikhail Gorbachev
  29. Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) - Multiple Oscar winning actress
  30. Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) - Philosopher
  31. Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) German actress
  32. Rosa Parks (1913-2005) - American political activist
  33. Jiang Qing (1914-1991) - Chinese politician
  34. Hildegard of Bingen 1098-1179 - nun, musician and poet.
  35. Billie Holiday (1915-1959) - Iconic jazz singer
  36. Eva Peron (1919-1952) - Wife of Argentinian President.
  37. Yoko Ono (1933- ) US artist, musician
  38. Betty Friedan (1921-2006) - Leading feminist of 1960s.
  39. Queen Elizabeth II - British Queen from 1953.
  40. Mrs Thatcher ( 1925-) - British Prime Minister during 1980s.
  41. Dian Fossey (1932-1985) - Environmentalist
  42. Germaine Greer (1939- Feminist and writer
  43. Enid Blyton - Children's author
  44. Betty Williams 1945- Peace activist from Northern Ireland.
  45. Lauren Bacall (1924- ) US actress
  46. Julie Andrews - Actress famous for role in Sound of Music.
  47. Jane Goodall - Environmentalist and Chimpanzee enthusiast
  48. Amy Johnson - (1903-1941) - Pioneering aviator
  49. Martina Navratilova (1956 - ) US Tennis player
  50. Daphne Du Maurier - (1907-1989) British novelist
  51. Golda Meir (1898 - 1978) - Israeli leader
  52. Tegla Laroupe (1973 - ) Kenyan marathon runner
  53. Elizabeth Taylor (1932- ) actress
  54. Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)- Writer
  55. Maya Angelou - Poet
  56. Anita Roddick (1942-2007) UK businesswomen and environmentalist.
  57. Barbara Cartland - Best selling author
  58. Beatrix Potter - Author and conservationist.
  59. Shakira - Colombian pop star
  60. Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) Russian ballet dancer.
  61. Edith Cavell - British nurse shot as spy in First World War
  62. St Therese Lisieux - Saint and writer
  63. Estee Lauder (1908- ) US, cosmetics executive
  64. Sappho Biography (570BC) - Poet
  65. Marie Stopes - Cancer research
  66. Susan Boyle - Singer
  67. Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) - Irish writer
  68. Vera Brittain ( ) English writer, poet, pacifist
  69. Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) poet
  70. Whoopi Goldberg (1994-) actress
  71. Gabriela Mistral - Latin American poet
  72. Kate Middleton - Wife of Prince William
  73. Mary Seacole - (1805-1881) Nurse during Crimean war
  74. Maria Callas (1923-1977) US opera singer
  75. Mirabai 1498-1565 - Indian princess and singer of devotional songs.
  76. Lady Gaga - Twenty First Century pop icon
  77. Boudicca 1st Century - Ruler of Britons during rebellion against Romans.
  78. Paula Radcliffe - British marathon runner
  79. Louise Mary Alcott (1832-1888) - US writer
  80. Emily Brontė (1818-1850) - British writer

 

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