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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?"
Maria Montessori is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Educators
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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: Chiaravalle, Marche, Italy

Profession: Educator, Physician, Philosopher

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Mary McLeod Bethune is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Educators
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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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Educators
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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 ...more

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

Profession: Neurologist, Educator, Astronaut, Scientist Author, + more

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Elizabeth E. Bailey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Educators
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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: 77

Profession: Businessperson, Educator, Economist

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Septima Poinsette Clark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Educators
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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 ...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 Clarke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Educators
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Cheryl L. Clarke is a writer, educator and lesbian Black feminist activist. ...more

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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 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Educators
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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: 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 listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Educators
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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, ...more

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Age: 38

Birthplace: De Lisle, Mississippi, United States of America

Profession: Educator, Professor, Novelist, Writer

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#33 on The Greatest Black Female Authors in the History of Literature

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