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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