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Famous Female Librarians

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

List people include Hypatia of Alexandria, Laura Bush and many more.

While this isn't a list of all female librarians, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female librarians?" and "Who are the best female librarians?"
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    Laura Welch Bush (née Laura Lane Welch; born November 4, 1946) is an American educator who was First Lady of the United States during the presidency of her husband, George W. Bush, from 2001 to 2009. Bush previously served as First Lady of Texas from 1995 to 2000. Born in Midland, Texas, Bush graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in education, and took a job as a second grade teacher. After attaining her master's degree in library science at the University of Texas at Austin, she was employed as a librarian. Bush met her future husband, George W. Bush, in 1977, and they were married later that year. The couple had twin daughters in 1981. Bush's...  more
    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States of America

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    Hypatia (born c. 350–370; died 415 AD) was a Hellenistic Neoplatonist philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt, then part of the Eastern Roman Empire. She was a prominent thinker of the Neoplatonic school in Alexandria where she taught philosophy and astronomy. She is the first female mathematician whose life is reasonably well recorded. Hypatia was renowned in her own lifetime as a great teacher and a wise counselor. She is known to have written a commentary on Diophantus's thirteen-volume Arithmetica, which may survive in part, having been interpolated into Diophantus's original text, and another commentary on Apollonius of Perga's treatise on conic...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (350-415)
    • Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt


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  • Audre Lorde (; born Audrey Geraldine Lorde; February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was an American writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist. As a poet, she is best known for technical mastery and emotional expression, as well as her poems that express anger and outrage at civil and social injustices she observed throughout her life. Her poems and prose largely deal with issues related to civil rights, feminism, lesbianism, and the exploration of black female identity. In relation to non-intersectional feminism in the United States, Lorde famously said, "those of us who stand outside the circle of this society's definition of acceptable women; those of us who have...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1934-1992)
    • Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York

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    Beverly Atlee Cleary (April 12, 1916 – March 25, 2021) was an American writer of children's and young adult fiction. One of America's most successful living authors, 91 million copies of her books have been sold worldwide since her first book was published in 1950. Some of Cleary's best known characters are Ramona Quimby and Beezus Quimby, Henry Huggins and his dog Ribsy, and Ralph S. Mouse.The majority of Cleary's books are set in the Grant Park neighborhood of northeast Portland, Oregon, where she was raised, and she has been credited as one of the first authors of children's literature to figure emotional realism in the narratives of her characters, often children in middle class...  more
    • Age: 104
    • Birthplace: McMinnville, Oregon

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