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Famous Female Philosophers

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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?"
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  • Ayn Rand (; born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum; February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a Russian-American writer and philosopher. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she named Objectivism. Educated in Russia, she moved to the United States in 1926. She had a play produced on Broadway in 1935 and 1936. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead. In 1957, Rand published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged. Afterward, she turned to non-fiction to promote her philosophy, publishing her own periodicals and releasing... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

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  • Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir (UK: , US: , French: [simɔn də bovwaʁ] (listen); 9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986) 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. She was known for her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism; and for her novels, including She Came to Stay and The... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1908-1986)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
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    Mary Wollstonecraft

    Mary Wollstonecraft is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Philosophers
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    Mary Wollstonecraft (UK: , US: ; 27 April 1759 – 10 September 1797) was an English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights. Until the late 20th century, Wollstonecraft's life, which encompassed several unconventional personal relationships, received more attention than her writing. Today, Wollstonecraft is regarded as one of the founding feminist philosophers, and feminists often cite both her life and work as important influences. 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 (1792), in which she argues that... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 38 (1759-1797)
    • Birthplace: Spitalfields, London, United Kingdom

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  • Rosa Luxemburg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Philosophers
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    Rosa Luxemburg (German: [ˈʁoːza ˈlʊksəmbʊʁk] (listen); Polish: Róża Luksemburg; also Rozalia Luxenburg; 5 March 1871 – 15 January 1919) was a Polish Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist, anti-war activist and revolutionary socialist who became a naturalized German citizen at the age of 28. Successively, she was a member of the Social Democracy of the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania (SDKPiL), the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), the Independent Social Democratic Party (USPD) and the Communist Party of Germany (KPD). After the SPD supported German involvement in World War I in 1915, Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht co-founded the anti-war Spartacus League (Spartakusbund) which... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 48 (1871-1919)
    • Birthplace: Zamość, Second Polish Republic
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