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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.

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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
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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 ...more

Age: 62

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat, Political scientist

Credits: Bhutto, 9/11 State of Emergency, Face the Nation, Miss Representation

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

#19 on The Most Trustworthy Politicians

#15 on The Most Powerful Women In The World

#42 on The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Professors
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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 ...more

Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)

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

Profession: Poet, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more

Credits: Good Hair, As Seen Through These Eyes, The Richard Pryor Special?, Song for Cesar

Also Ranked

#89 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#20 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#10 on The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

#2 on The Best Female Poets of All Time

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Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Professors
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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 ...more

Age: 67

Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Profession: Politician, Professor, Author, Writer, Lawyer

Credits: Capitalism: A Love Story, Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders, Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?, U R Pre-Approved

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

#69 on The Most Trustworthy Politicians

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

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Toni Morrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Professors
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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 ...more

Age: 86

Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Editor, Poet, Professor, Novelist, Writer

Credits: Beloved, The Black List: Volume One, Legends Ball, Maya Angelou and Still I Rise

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#15 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

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

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

#92 on The Best Novelists of All Time

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