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Famous Female Political Scientists

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

Sarah Wambaugh and Shirin R. Tahir-Kheli are included on this list.

While this isn't a list of all female political scientists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female political scientists?" and "Who are the best female political scientists?"
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    Condoleezza Rice (; born November 14, 1954) is an American political scientist and diplomat. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, the second person to hold that office in the administration of President George W. Bush. Rice was the first female African-American Secretary of State, as well as the second African-American Secretary of State (after Colin Powell), and the second female Secretary of State (after Madeleine Albright). Rice was President Bush's National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position. Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up while the South was racially segregated. She obtained her bachelor's...  more
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America
    • Gender: Female

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  • Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry (born October 2, 1973), formerly known as Melissa Victoria Harris-Lacewell, is an American writer, professor, television host, and political commentator with a focus on African-American politics. Harris-Perry hosted the Melissa Harris-Perry weekend news and opinion television show on MSNBC from 2012 to February 27, 2016....  more
    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington
    • Gender: Female
  • Frances Fox Piven (born October 10, 1932) is an American professor of political science and sociology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, where she has taught since 1982.Piven is known equally for her contributions to social theory and for her social activism. A veteran of the war on poverty and subsequent welfare-rights protests both in New York City and on the national stage, she has been instrumental in formulating the theoretical underpinnings of those movements. Over the course of her career, she has served on the boards of the ACLU and the Democratic Socialists of America, and has also held offices in several professional associations, including the American Political...  more
    • Age: 88
    • Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
    • Gender: Female
  • Elinor Claire "Lin" Ostrom (née Awan; August 7, 1933 – June 12, 2012) was an American political economist whose work was associated with the New Institutional Economics and the resurgence of political economy. In 2009, she was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for her "analysis of economic governance, especially the commons", which she shared with Oliver E. Williamson. To date, she remains the only woman to win the Nobel Prize in Economics.After graduating with a B.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA, Ostrom lived in Bloomington, Indiana, and served on the faculty of Indiana University, with a late-career affiliation with Arizona State University. She was Distinguished Professor at...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1933-2012)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
    • Gender: Female