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

People here include everyone from Yolanda Murphy to Saba Mahmood.

While this isn't a list of all female anthropologists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female anthropologists?" and "Who are the best female anthropologists?"
Yvette Mimieux is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Anthropologists
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Yvette Mimieux is a retired American movie and television actress. ...more

Age: 76

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Dian Fossey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Anthropologists
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Dian Fossey was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist who undertook an extensive study of gorilla groups over a period of 18 years. She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda, initially encouraged to work there by anthropologist Louis Leakey. Her 1983 book, Gorillas ...more

Age: Died at 53 (1932-1985)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

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Zora Neale Hurston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Anthropologists
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Zora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author. Of Hurston's four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. In addition to new editions of her work being published after a revival ...more

Age: Died at 69 (1891-1960)

Birthplace: Notasulga, Alabama, United States of America

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#44 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

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Florinda Donner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Anthropologists
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Florinda Donner is an American writer and anthropologist known as one of Carlos Castaneda's "witches". She studied anthropology at UCLA but did not complete her degree, letting her graduate studies lapse in 1977, after having advanced to doctoral candidacy. While studying she met Castaneda and ...more

Age: 74

Birthplace: Amberg, Germany

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