Female Professionals Famous Female Professors

Reference
16.2k views 880 items

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

This list features Lisa Brown, Nellie Y. McKay and more.

While this isn't a list of all female professors, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female professors?" and "Who are the best female professors?"
Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Professors
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

Condoleezza "Condi" Rice is an American political scientist and diplomat. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, and was 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, and the second female secretary of state. Rice was President Bush's National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position. Before joining the Bush administration, she was a professor of political science at Stanford University where she served as Provost from 1993 to 1999. Rice also served on the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 63

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Also Ranked

#37 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

#2 on The Most Trustworthy Politicians

#13 on The Most Powerful Women In The World

#11 on The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time

see more on Condoleezza Rice
Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Professors
Photo: Burns Library, Boston College/flickr/CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

Maya Angelou was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, prostitute, nightclub ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Also Ranked

#87 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#26 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#40 on The Best American Poets

#61 on The Best Poets of the 20th Century

see more on Maya Angelou
Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Professors
Photo: Freebase/CC-BY

Elizabeth Ann Warren is an American academic and politician who is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. She was previously a Harvard Law School professor specializing in bankruptcy law. Warren is a prominent legal scholar, and is among the most cited in her field. She is an active consumer protection advocate whose scholarship led to the conception and establishment of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Warren has written a number of academic and popular works, and is a frequent subject of media interviews regarding the American economy and personal finance. Following the 2008 financial crisis, Warren served as chair of the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 68

Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

Also Ranked

#35 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

#41 on The Most Influential Women Of 2018

#35 on The Most Trustworthy Politicians

#37 on Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With

see more on Elizabeth Warren
Toni Morrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Professors
Photo: West Point - The U.S. Military Academy/flickr/CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

Toni Morrison is an American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon and Beloved. She was also commissioned to write the libretto for a new opera, Margaret Garner, first performed in 2005. She won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved and the Nobel Prize in 1993. On May 29, 2012, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 87

Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio, United States of America

Also Ranked

#16 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#8 on The Greatest Living Writers & Most Famous Authors Today

#94 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#8 on The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked

see more on Toni Morrison