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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Mount Holyoke College and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Mount Holyoke College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Mount Holyoke College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Mount Holyoke College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Mount Holyoke College are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Mount Holyoke College.

Emily Dickinson and Lucy Stone are only the beginning of the graduates on this list.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Mount Holyoke College?” and “Which celebrities are Mount Holyoke College alumni?”

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Lucy Stone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Lucy Stone was a prominent American orator, abolitionist, and suffragist, and a vocal advocate and organizer promoting rights for women. In 1847, Stone became the first woman from Massachusetts ...more

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Emily Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Poet, Writer Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was an American poet. Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. After she ...more

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Virginia Apgar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Scientist, Physician Virginia Apgar was an American obstetrical anesthesiologist. She was a leader in the fields of anesthesiology and teratology, and introduced obstetrical considerations to the established field ...more

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Frances Perkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Frances Perkins was the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, the longest serving in that position, and the first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet. As a loyal supporter of her friend, ...more

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Elaine Chao is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Politician, Economist Elaine Lan Chao (born March 26, 1953) is the 18th and current United States Secretary of Transportation. A member of the Republican Party, she was previously a cabinet member in the ...more

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Elizabeth Holloway Marston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Editor, Psychologist, Author Elizabeth "Sadie" Holloway Marston was an American psychologist. She was involved in various ways in the creation of the comic book character Wonder Woman in the early 1940s with her ...more

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Julia Phillips is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Film Producer, Writer Julia Phillips was an American film producer and author. She co-produced with her husband, Michael, three prominent films of the 1970s — The Sting, Taxi Driver, and Close Encounters of the Third ...more

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Olympia Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Olympia Brown was an American suffragist. She is regarded as the first woman to graduate from a theological school, as well as becoming the first full-time ordained minister. Brown was also one ...more

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Barbara J. Desoer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Businessperson Barbara J. Desoer is CEO for Citibank, N.A. beginning April 1, 2014, and was the COO for Citibank, N.A. from October 2013 to April 1, 2014. She was president of Bank of America Home Loans, a ...more

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Rachel Fuller Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Chemist Rachel Fuller Brown was a chemist best known for her long-distance collaboration with microbiologist Elizabeth Lee Hazen in developing the first useful antifungal antibiotic, Nystatin, while ...more

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C. Leigh Purtill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
C. Leigh Purtill is an American author of young adult fiction.

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Barbara Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Writer Barbara Smith is an American lesbian feminist and socialist who has played a significant role in building and sustaining Black Feminism in the United States. Since the early 1970s she has been ...more

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Jean Picker Firstenberg is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Jean Picker Firstenberg was the CEO and Director of the American Film Institute from 1980 through 2007. She was the Institute's second and first female CEO. At the time of her appointment, she ...more

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Joan E. Biren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Artist, Film Director, Photographer Joan E. Biren or JEB, is an internationally recognized documentary artist. Her photographic and film work has chronicled the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people for more than ...more

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Jean E. Sammet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Computer scientist, Scientist Jean E. Sammet is an American computer scientist who developed the FORMAC programming language in 1962. She received her B.A. in Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College in 1948 and her M.A. in ...more

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Jill Ker Conway is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Historian, Professor, Novelist Jill Ker Conway, AC is an Australian-American author. Well known for her autobiographies, in particular her first memoir, The Road from Coorain. She was also Smith College's first woman ...more

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Susan Kare is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Graphic Designer Susan Kare is an artist and graphic designer who created many of the interface elements for the Apple Macintosh in the 1980s. She was also one of the original employees of NeXT, working as the ...more

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Helen Sawyer Hogg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Astronomer Helen Battles Sawyer Hogg, CC was an astronomer noted for pioneering research into globular clusters and variable stars. She was the first female president of several astronomical organizations ...more

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Suzan-Lori Parks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Suzan-Lori Parks is an African-American playwright and screenwriter. She received the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant in 2001, and the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play

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Wendy Wasserstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Professor, Screenwriter, Actor Wendy Wasserstein was an American playwright. She was an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. She received the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama ...more

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Mildred Trotter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Anthropologist Mildred Trotter was an American forensic anthropologist. Trotter was born in Monaca, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. in zoology and physiology from Mount Holyoke College in 1920 and her ...more

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Katheryn Curi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Professional Road Racing Cyclist Katheryn Curi Mattis is an American racing cyclist who rides for the Webcor Builders Women's Professional Cycling Team. She won the United States National Road Race Championships in Park City, ...more

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Susan Shirk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Diplomat, Professor Susan L. Shirk is an expert on Chinese politics and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State during the Clinton administration. She was in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs. She is ...more

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Elizabeth Topham Kennan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Historian, Novelist Elizabeth Topham Kennan is an American academic who served as the 16th president of Mount Holyoke College from 1978–1995. She also served as president of the Five Colleges consortium from

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Nita Lowey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Politician Nita Melnikoff Lowey is an American politician who has served as a U.S. Representative from New York since 1989. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Lowey's district was numbered as the ...more

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Dorothy Hansine Andersen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Scientist, Physician Dorothy Hansine Andersen was the American physician who was the first person to identify cystic fibrosis and the first American physician to describe the disease. Born in Asheville, North ...more

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Dolores Hayden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Poet, Educator, Historian Dolores Hayden is an American professor, urban historian, architect, author, and poet. She teaches architecture, urbanism, and American studies at Yale University.

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Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Novelist, Writer Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman was a prominent 19th-century American author.

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Patricia Roth Schwartz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Editor, Poet, Writer Patricia Roth Schwartz is an American poet, playwright, and editor.

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Tahmima Anam is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Tahmima Anam is a Bangladeshi writer, novelist and columnist. Her first novel, A Golden Age, was published by John Murray in 2007 and was the Best First Book winner of the 2008 Commonwealth ...more

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Louisa F. Cowles is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Louise F. Cowles was an American educator who was the 9th President of Mount Holyoke College from 1889 -1890. She graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1866 and taught there for a number of years ...more

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Caitlin Clarke is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Instructor, Actor Caitlin Clarke was an American theater and film actress best known for her role as Valerian in the 1981 fantasy film Dragonslayer and for her role as Charlotte Cardoza in the 1998–1999 Broadway ...more

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Ella T. Grasso is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Politician Ella T. Grasso was an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as the 83rd Governor of Connecticut from 1975 to 1980. She was the first woman elected to this office and ...more

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Dari Alexander is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Journalist Dari Alexander is a news anchor for FOX 5 NY. She is also co-anchor of WNYW's FOX 5 News at 5 and 10pm with Steven Lacy. Alexander published an eating well cookbook in 2013, which was co-written ...more

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Gloria Johnson-Powell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Psychiatrist, Professor, Author Gloria Johnson-Powell, MD is a child psychiatrist who is also an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement and was one of the first African-American women to attain tenure at ...more

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Helen M. French is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Helen M. French was an American educator who served as the fifth president of Mount Holyoke College from 1867-1872. She graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1857 and taught there for ten years before ...more

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Sophia D. Stoddard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Sarah D. Stoddard was an American educator who served as the fourth president of Mount Holyoke College from 1865-1867. She graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1841 and taught there for eight years ...more

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Jean Rikhoff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Author, Teacher Jean Rikhoff is an American author and editor. She is best known for two trilogies that she wrote: the Timble Trilogy, made up of Dear Ones All, Voyage In, Voyage Out, and Rites of Passage, and ...more

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Carolyn Collette is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Carolyn P. Collette is an American literary critic and a specialist in medieval literature, particularly Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. She is Professor Emeritus of English Language ...more

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Mary Cutler Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Librarian Mary Salome Cutler Fairchild was a pioneering American librarian and library educator.

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Mary C. Whitman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Mary C. Whitman was an American educator who served as the second president of Mount Holyoke College from 1849-1850. She graduated from Mount Holyoke in 1839, taught there from 1840–1842, and ...more

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Carol Higgins Clark is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Actor Carol Higgins Clark is an actress and novelist.

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Louise Freeland Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Astronomer Louise Freeland Jenkins was an American astronomer. She was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. In 1911 she graduated from Mount Holyoke College, then she received a Master's degree in astronomy ...more

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Mary McHenry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Mary McHenry Professor Mary Williamson McHenry is "credited with bringing African-American literature to Mount Holyoke College," where she is Emeritus Professor of English. McHenry also introduced her then ...more

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Abby Howe Turner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Abby Howe Turner was a noted professor of Physiology and Zoology who founded the department of physiology at Mount Holyoke College. She specialized in colloid osmotic pressure and circulatory ...more

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Debra Martin Chase is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Lawyer Debra Martin Chase is a two-time Emmy nominated motion picture and television producer and former lawyer who is the first African American woman to have a solo producing deal at a major studio. ...more

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Roberta Teale Swartz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Writer Roberta Teale Swartz Chalmers was an American academic, a poet, and co-founder of the Kenyon Review.

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Michelle Thorne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Michelle Thorne Michelle Thorne is an American-born, Berlin, Germany-based Creative Commons activist. She holds a BA summa cum laude in Critical Social Thought and German Studies from Mount Holyoke College, ...more

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Jane English is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Jane English Physicist Jane English is a philosopher, physicist, photographer, journalist and translator. English received her B.A. in Physics from Mount Holyoke College in 1964 and Ph.D. from the University of ...more

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Jane Hammond is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Jane Hammond Artist Jane R. Hammond is an American artist who lives and works in New York City. She was influenced by the late composer John Cage. She collaborated with the poet John Ashbery, making 62 paintings ...more