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

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While this isn't a list of all female economists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female economists?" and "Who are the best female economists?"
Aung San Suu Kyi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Economists
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Aung San Suu Kyi AC is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma. In the 1990 general election, the NLD won 59% of the national votes and 81% of the seats in Parliament . She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from 20 July 1989 until her most recent release on 13 November 2010, becoming one of the world's most prominent political prisoners. Suu Kyi received the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International ...more

Age: 72

Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar

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Yulia Tymoshenko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Economists
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Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko is a Ukrainian politician and businesswoman. She co-led the Orange Revolution and was the first woman appointed Prime Minister of Ukraine, serving from 24 January to 8 September 2005, and again from 18 December 2007 to 4 March 2010. Tymoshenko is the leader of the All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland" political party that has 19 seats in parliament and has Tymoshenko as its parliamentary faction leader. In the 2012 Ukrainian parliamentary election the party had received the second most votes, winning 101 of parliament's 450 seats. In the 2014 Ukrainian presidential election Tymoshenko received 12.81% of the vote, coming in second place after Petro Poroshenko who won ...more

Age: 57

Birthplace: Ukraine, Dnipropetrovsk, Eurasia, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast

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Dilma Rousseff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Economists
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Dilma Vana Rousseff is the 36th and current President of Brazil. She is the first woman to hold the office. She was previously the Chief of Staff of the President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from 2005 to 2010. The daughter of a Bulgarian entrepreneur, Rousseff was raised in an upper middle class household in Belo Horizonte. She became a socialist during her youth, and following the 1964 coup d'état joined various left-wing and Marxist urban guerrilla groups that fought against the military dictatorship. Rousseff was eventually captured and jailed between 1970 and 1972, where she was reportedly tortured. After her release, Rousseff rebuilt her life in Porto Alegre with Carlos Araújo, who would ...more

Age: 70

Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Economists
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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 29 October 1938) is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d'état, after which she left Liberia and held senior positions at various financial institutions. She placed a distant second in the 1997 presidential election. Later, she was elected President in the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January 2006. A peace movement called Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace led to her election, making Liberia the first African nation with a female president. The story is told in the 2008 documentary film Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Sirleaf is the first ...more

Age: 79

Birthplace: Monrovia, Liberia

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