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Famous Female Educators

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List of famous female educators, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female educators list contains the most prominent and top females known for being educators. There are thousand of females working as educators in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic educators have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a educator then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list below has a variety of people, like Lia Purpura and Dolores Sison, in it.

While this isn't a list of all female educators, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female educators?" and "Who are the best female educators?"

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    Maria Montessori
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    Maria Tecla Artemesia Montessori was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy. Her educational method is in use today in some public and private schools throughout the world.more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1870-1952)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Marche, Eurasia, Italy, Province of Ancona, + more
    • Profession: Educator, Physician, Philosopher
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    Mary McLeod Bethune
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    Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, was an American educator and life rights leader best known for starting a private school for African-American students in Daytona Beach, Florida. She attracted donations of time and money, and developed the academic school as a college. It later continued to develop as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1875-1955)
    • Birthplace: Mayesville, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Educator
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    Roberta Bondar
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    Roberta Bondar OC O.Ont FRCP FRSC is Canada's first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. Following more than a decade as NASA's head of space medicine, Bondar became a consultant and speaker in the business, scientific, and medical communities. Bondar has received many honours including ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
    • Profession: Neurologist, Educator, Astronaut, Scientist, Author, + more
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    Elizabeth E. Bailey
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    Elizabeth Ellery Bailey is an American economist. She is John C. Hower Professor of Business and Public Policy, at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has been Director of Altria since 1989.more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Profession: Businessperson, Educator, Economist
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    Septima Poinsette Clark
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    Septima Poinsette Clark was an American educator and civil rights activist. Clark developed the literacy and citizenship workshops that played an important role in the drive for voting rights and civil rights for African Americans in the American Civil Rights Movement. Septima Clark's work was commonly ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1898-1987)
    • Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Educator
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    Cheryl L. Clarke is a writer, educator and lesbian Black feminist activist.more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Educator, Actor, Writer
    • Credits: The Watermelon Woman
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    Buffy Sainte-Marie
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    Buffy Sainte-Marie, OC is a Canadian-American Cree singer-songwriter, musician, composer, visual artist, educator, pacifist, and social activist. Throughout her career in all of these areas, her work has focused on issues of Indigenous peoples of the Americas. Her singing and writing repertoire also ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Piapot, Piapot No. 110, Canada
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Educator, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: An Officer and a Gentleman, The Strawberry Statement, Broken Rainbow, Spirit of the Wind, Where the Spirit Lives
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    Jesmyn Ward is an American novelist and an associate professor of English at Tulane University. She won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and a 2012 Alex Award with her second novel Salvage the Bones, a story about familial love and community covering the 10 days preceding Hurricane Katrina, the ...more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: De Lisle, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Educator, Professor, Novelist, Writer
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    Patricia Hampl
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    Patricia Hampl is an American memoirist, writer, lecturer, and educator. She is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, teaches in the MFA program at the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis and is one of the founding members of the Loft Literary Center.more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Memoirist, Educator, Lecturer, Author, Writer
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    Silma Ihram is an Australian pioneer of Muslim education in the West, founder and former school Principal of the 'Noor Al Houda Islamic College' in Sydney, and a campaigner for racial tolerance. She was also the Australian Democrats candidate for the seat of Auburn in the 2007 state election, and the ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Politician, Educator, Author
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    Christine Lee is an English medical researcher. She is Emeritus Professor of Haemophilia in the University of London, and founding Editor of Haemophilia. She trained in medicine at the University of Oxford, where she was awarded First Class Honours and was the first female scholar of the University of ...more

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    • Profession: Editor, Biologist, Educator, Researcher
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    Cathleen Synge Morawetz is a mathematician. Morawetz's research was mainly in the study of the partial differential equations governing fluid flow, particularly those of mixed type occurring in transonic flow. She is Professor Emerita at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at the New York ...more

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    • Age: age 92
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Editor, Mathematician, Educator, Scientist
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    Katherine Dunham
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    Katherine Dunham was an American dancer, choreographer, author, educator, and social activist. Dunham had one of the most successful dance careers in American and European theater of the 20th century, and directed her own dance company for many years. She has been called the "matriarch and queen mother ...more

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    • Age: Died at 97 (1909-2006)
    • Birthplace: Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Educator, Choreographer, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Stormy Weather, Mambo, I'm in the Revue
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    Gabriela Mistral was the pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, a Chilean poet-diplomat, educator and feminist. She was the first Latin American to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, which she did in 1945 "for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1889-1957)
    • Birthplace: Vicuña, Chile
    • Profession: Poet, Diplomat, Educator, Writer, Teacher
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    Oodgeroo Noonuccal
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    Oodgeroo Noonuccal was an Australian poet, political activist, artist and educator. She was also a campaigner for Aboriginal rights. Oodgeroo was best known for her poetry, and was the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse.more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1920-1993)
    • Birthplace: Stradbroke Island
    • Profession: Poet, Educator, Writer
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    Ayesha Jalal
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    Ayesha Jalal is a Pakistani-American historian. She is the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University and a 1998 MacArthur Fellow. The bulk of her work deals with the creation of Muslim identities in modern South Asia.more

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    • Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan, Eurasia, Punjab, Pakistan
    • Profession: Sociologist, Educator, Historian, Professor, Writer
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    Susan Hockfield
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    Susan Hockfield has served as the sixteenth president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since December 2004. A strong advocate of the vital role that science, technology, and the research university play in the world, she believes that MIT can best advance its historic mission of teaching, ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Educator, Neuroscientist
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    Dorothy Auchterlonie AO was an English-born Australian academic, literary critic and poet.more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1915-1991)
    • Birthplace: Sunderland, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Literary critic, Educator, Writer
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    Alison Gopnik is a writer.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Educator, Psychologist, Writer
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    Minnie Bruce Pratt
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    Minnie Bruce Pratt is an American educator, activist and essayist. She is a Professor of Writing and Women’s Studies at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York where she was invited to help develop the university’s first Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Study Program.more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Selma, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Educator, Essayist
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