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Famous Female Social Workers

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List of famous female social workers, featuring bios and photos when available. This female social workers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being social workers. The female social workers of note are listed by their level of prominence, and you can be sorted by various bits of information like date of birth or birthplace. There are thousand of females working as social workers in the world, but this list highlights only the notable ones.

List includes Irena Sendler, Debbie Stabenow and more.

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

The most notable female social workers in history and today are shown below. Enjoy this list of well-known, leading female social workers. If you want to share these historic female social workers you can use one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (35 items)


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    Kelly Johnson
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    Bernadette Jean "Kelly" Johnson was an English guitarist, widely known in the UK in the early 1980s as the lead guitarist of the all-female British heavy metal band Girlschool.more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1958-2007)
    • Birthplace: Edmonton, London, London, England
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Environmentalist, Musician, Social Worker, + more
    • Credits: Girlschool: Live from London
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    Josephine Butler
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    Josephine Elizabeth Butler was a Victorian era British feminist and social reformer who was especially concerned with the welfare of prostitutes. She was intensely religious as an evangelical Anglican. Along with other charity efforts, she led the long campaign for the repeal of the Contagious Diseases ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1828-1906)
    • Birthplace: Northumberland, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Social Worker, Writer
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    Cicely Saunders
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    Dame Cicely Mary Saunders, OM, DBE, FRCS, FRCP, FRCN was an English Anglican nurse, social worker, physician and writer, involved with many international universities. She is best known for her role in the birth of the hospice movement, emphasizing the importance of palliative care in modern medicine.more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1918-2005)
    • Birthplace: Barnet, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Nurse, Social Worker, Physician, Nursing, Writer
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    Smriti Zubin Irani is an Indian politician and former model, television actress and producer. She represents the Bharatiya Janata Party and is the incumbent Minister of Human Resource Development in the Government of India following the election of the sixteenth Lok Sabha.more

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: New Delhi, India
    • Profession: Politician, Television producer, Social Worker, Actor, Presenter
    • Credits: Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Malik Ek, Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Sa Aasmaan, Jai Bolo Telangana, Teen Bahuraaniyaan, + more
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    Marie Woolfolk Taylor
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    Marie Woolfolk Taylor was one of the sixteen founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the first sorority founded by African-American women. The legacy she created in establishing the sorority has continued to generate social capital for nearly 100 years. Woolfolk did post-graduate study in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1893-1960)
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Social Worker
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    Irena Sendler was a Polish nurse and social worker who served in the Polish Underground in German-occupied Warsaw during World War II, and was head of the children's section of Żegota, the Polish Council to Aid Jews, which was active from 1942 to 1945. Assisted by some two dozen other Żegota members, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 98 (1910-2008)
    • Birthplace: Otwock, Poland
    • Profession: Nurse, Social Worker
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    Teresa Hsu Chih, or commonly known as Teresa Hsu was a Chinese-born Singaporean social worker, known affectionately as "Singapore's Mother Teresa", in recognition for her active lifelong devotion in helping the aged sick and destitutes locally. The retired nurse was the founder of the non-profit ...more

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    • Age: Died at 113 (1898-2011)
    • Birthplace: Shantou, China
    • Profession: Nurse, Social Worker
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    Debbie Stabenow
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    Deborah Ann "Debbie" Greer Stabenow is the senior United States Senator from Michigan and a member of the Democratic Party. Before her election to the U.S. Senate, she was a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Michigan's 8th congressional district from 1997 to 2001. She ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Gladwin, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Social Worker
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    Sudha Murthy is an Indian social worker and writer in the Kannada and English languages. Murthy began her professional career as a computer scientist and engineer. She is the chairperson of the Infosys Foundation and a member of public health care initiatives of the Gates Foundation. She has founded ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Karnataka, Eurasia, Shiggaon, Haveri district, India
    • Profession: Social Worker, Writer
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    Jeannette Rankin
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    Jeannette Pickering Rankin was the first woman elected to the United States Congress, in 1916 and again in 1940, from the state of Montana. After winning her House seat in 1916 she said, "I may be the first woman member of Congress but I won’t be the last." Rankin's two terms in Congress coincided with ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1880-1973)
    • Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, United States of America
    • Profession: Social Worker, Social activist
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    Louise Markus
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    Louise Elizabeth Markus, Australian federal politician, is a member of the Australian House of Representatives, initially elected to represent the seat of Greenway in western Sydney for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election. Following an unfavourable redistribution in 2010, she ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Epping, Australia
    • Profession: Politician, Social Worker
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    Rashida H. Tlaib is a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives. She represents the 6th District, which is located in Southwest Detroit and stretches from an area just south of Downtown to the city's southern border, and west to the city of Dearborn. Upon her swearing in on January 1, ...more

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Social Worker, Lawyer
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    Mary Parker Follett
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    Mary Parker Follett was an American social worker, management consultant and pioneer in the fields of organizational theory and organizational behavior. Along with Lillian Gilbreth, Mary Parker Follett was one of two great women management gurus in the early days of classical management theory.more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1868-1933)
    • Birthplace: Quincy, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Social Worker, Writer, Management Theorist
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    Rosanna Wong
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    Dr Dame Rosanna Wong Yick-ming, DBE, JP, also known by her married name Mrs Rosanna Tam Wong Yick-ming in her former marriage from 1979 lasting until 1992, and primarily known as Dr Rosanna Wong in public occasions after 1997, is a Hong Kong social work administrator and politician who has served as the ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Hong Kong, China
    • Profession: Social Worker
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    Margaret Whitlam
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    Margaret Elaine Whitlam, AO was a prominent Australian and the wife of Prime Minister of Australia Gough Whitlam. She was a published author, social worker and former champion swimmer, having represented Australia at the 1938 British Empire Games in Sydney.more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1919-2012)
    • Birthplace: New South Wales, Australasia, Bondi, Australia
    • Profession: Social Worker, Writer
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    Mariko Yamada
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    Mariko Yamada is a former Democratic assemblywoman from California's 4th Assembly district. She was elected in 2008 after defeating West Sacramento mayor Christopher Cabaldon in a competitive Democratic primary, a defeat that many considered an upset win for Yamada. She was the third consecutive woman ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Social Worker
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    Alexa McDonough
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    Alexa Ann McDonough, OC is a Canadian politician who became the first woman to lead a major, recognized political party in Canada, when she was elected the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party's leader in 1980. She served as a member of the Nova Scotia Legislature from 1981 to 1994, representing the Halifax ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, Ottawa Valley, Ottawa, Americas
    • Profession: Social Worker
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    Karen Jeppe
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    Karen Jeppe was a Danish missionary and social worker, known for her work aid worker with Ottoman Armenian refugees and survivals of the Armenian Genocide, mainly widows and orphans, from 1903 until her death in Syria in 1935. She was a member of Johannes Lepsius's Deutsch Orient-Mission and assumed ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1876-1935)
    • Birthplace: Aarhus County, Denmark
    • Profession: Missionary, Social Worker
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    Gwen E. Howard is a politician from the U.S. state of Nebraska. She served two terms in the Nebraska Legislature, from 2005 to 2013, representing an Omaha district. Howard was born Gwen E. Middaugh, on June 24, 1945, in Douglas County, Nebraska. She graduated from Omaha Benson High School in 1963. In ...more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Nebraska, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Social Worker
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    Tamara D. Grigsby is a social worker and former university professor from Wisconsin, who served as a Democratic Party member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 18th Assembly District, from 2005 until 2013.more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Pullman, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Social Worker
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