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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 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, she became the first black woman to win such a case ...more

Birthplace: Rifton, New York, United States of America

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Mary Hemings


Mary Hemings, also known as Mary Hemings Bell, 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, ...more

Age: Died at 81 (1753-1834)

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Flor Contemplacion


Flor R. Contemplacion, born in San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines, was a Filipino domestic worker executed in Singapore for murder. Her execution severely strained relations between Singapore and the Philippines and caused many Filipinos to vent their frustration at their own government and the ...more

Age: Died at 42 (1953-1995)

Birthplace: Philippines

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Alberta Gay


Alberta Cooper Gay was a domestic worker 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 in the murder ...more

Age: Died at 74 (1913-1987)

Birthplace: Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States of America