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

List is made up of many different women of philosophy, including Shadia Drury and Theano.

While this isn't a list of all female philosophers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female philosophers?" and "Who are the best female philosophers?"
Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Philosophers
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Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. Born and educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in 1926. She had a play produced on Broadway in 1935–1936. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful in America, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead. In 1957, she published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)

Birthplace: Northwestern Federal District, Eurasia, Russia, Saint Petersburg

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#45 on The Best Jewish Authors

#56 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

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Simone de Beauvoir is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Philosophers
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Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, commonly known as Simone de Beauvoir, was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory. De Beauvoir wrote novels, essays, biographies, autobiography and monographs on philosophy, politics and social issues. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 78 (1908-1986)

Birthplace: Paris, France

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#29 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#85 on The Best French Authors

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Mary Wollstonecraft is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Philosophers
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Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children's book. Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in which she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men, but appear to be only because they lack education. She suggests that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagines a social order founded on reason. Until the late 20th century, Wollstonecraft's life, which encompassed several unconventional personal relationships, received more attention than her ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 38 (1759-1797)

Birthplace: Spitalfields, London, United Kingdom

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#88 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#26 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

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Rosa Luxemburg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Philosophers
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Rosa Luxemburg was a Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist and revolutionary socialist of Polish-Jewish descent who became a naturalized German citizen. She was, successively, a member of the Social Democracy of the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania, the Social Democratic Party of Germany, the Independent Social Democratic Party, and the Communist Party of Germany. In 1915, after the SPD supported German involvement in World War I, she and Karl Liebknecht co-founded the anti-war Spartakusbund, which eventually became the Communist Party of Germany. During the German Revolution she co-founded the newspaper Die Rote Fahne, the central organ of the Spartacist movement. She considered the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 48 (1871-1919)

Birthplace: Zamość, Poland

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