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Famous Female Professors

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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 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 on Wikipedia

Age: 64

Birthplace: Birmingham, USA, Alabama

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Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Professors
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Maya Angelou ( (listen); born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is 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 (1969), 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 ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 86 (1928-2014)

Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri

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Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Professors
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Elizabeth Ann Warren (née Herring; born June 22, 1949) is an American politician and former academic serving as the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts since 2013. She was formerly a law school professor specializing in bankruptcy law. A member of the Democratic Party and a progressive, Warren has focused on consumer protection, economic opportunity, and the social safety net while in the Senate. Warren is a graduate of the University of Houston and Rutgers Law School and has taught law at several universities, including the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University. She was one of the most cited professors in ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 69

Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

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Toni Morrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Professors
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Chloe Anthony Wofford "Toni" Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford; February 18, 1931 – August 5, 2019) was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University. Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970. The critically acclaimed Song of Solomon (1977) brought her national attention and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1988, she won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for Beloved (1987). Born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, Morrison graduated from Howard University in 1953 and went to graduate school at Cornell University. She later taught English at Howard University and also married and had two children before ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 88

Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio, United States of America

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