List of famous female domestic workers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female domestic workers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being domestic workers. There are thousand of females working as domestic workers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic domestic workers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a domestic worker then the people below should give you inspiration.
People include everyone from Mary Hemings to Kathleen Olivia John Peterson.While this isn't a list of all female domestic workers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female domestic workers?" and "Who are the best female domestic workers?"
Sojourner Truth (; born Isabella [Belle] Baumfree; c. 1797 – November 26, 1883) was an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son in 1828, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. She gave herself the name Sojourner Truth in 1843 after she became convinced that God had called her to leave the city and go into the countryside "testifying the hope that was in her". Her best-known speech was delivered extemporaneously, in 1851, at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. The ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Rifton, New York
Mary Hemings, also known as Mary Hemings Bell (1753-after 1834), was born into slavery, most likely in Charles City County, Virginia, as the oldest child of Elizabeth Hemings, a mixed-race slave held by John Wayles. After the death of Wayles in 1773, Elizabeth, Mary and her family were inherited by Thomas Jefferson, the husband of Martha Wayles Skelton, a daughter of Wayles, and all moved to Monticello. While Jefferson was in France, Hemings was hired out to Thomas Bell, a wealthy white merchant in Charlottesville, Virginia. She became his common-law wife and they had two children together. Bell purchased her and the children from Jefferson in 1792 and informally freed them. Mary Hemings ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 81 (1753-1834)
Flor Ramos Contemplacion (January 7, 1953 – March 17, 1995) was a Filipina domestic worker executed in Singapore for murder. Her execution severely strained relations between Singapore and the Philippines, and caused many Filipinos to vent their frustrations over the plight of Overseas Filipino Workers towards both states' governments. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 42 (1953-1995)
Alberta Cooper Gay (January 1, 1913 – May 9, 1987) was an American domestic worker, schoolteacher and the mother of American recording artist Marvin Gaye. Born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, she married Gaye's father, minister Marvin Gay, Sr., after relocating to Washington, D.C., in her early twenties. She was the only other person present at the murder of her son committed by his father. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 74 (1913-1987)
Birthplace: Rocky Mount, North Carolina