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

List of famous alumni from Radcliffe College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Radcliffe College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Radcliffe College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Radcliffe 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 Radcliffe College.

List ranges from Bonnie Raitt to Ursula K. Le Guin and more.

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

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Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Pacifist, Lecturer, Author Helen Adams Keller was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne ...more

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Benazir Bhutto is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Politician Benazir Bhutto was the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan, serving two non-consecutive terms in 1988–90 and then 1993–96. A scion of the politically powerful Bhutto family, she was the eldest ...more

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Caroline Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Spokesperson, Editor, Politician Caroline Bouvier Kennedy is an American author, attorney, and the current United States Ambassador to Japan. She is a prominent member of the Kennedy family and the only surviving child of ...more

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Debbie Ellison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
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Bonnie Raitt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter Bonnie Lynn Raitt is an American blues singer-songwriter and slide guitar player. During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues, rock, ...more

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Gertrude Stein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Poet, Librettist, Author Gertrude Stein was an American writer of novels, poetry and plays. Born in West Allegheny, Pennsylvania and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, making France her home ...more

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Adrienne Rich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Poet, Essayist, Writer Adrienne Cecile Rich was an American poet, essayist and feminist. She was called "one of the most widely read and influential poets of the second half of the 20th century", and was ...more

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Stockard Channing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Stockard Channing is a three-time Emmy and one-time Tony Award winning American stage, film and television actress. She is known for her portrayal of First Lady Abbey Bartlet in the NBC ...more

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Mary Lasker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Activist, Art dealer Mary Woodard Lasker was an American health activist and philanthropist. She worked to raise funds for medical research, and founded the Lasker Foundation.

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Mary White Ovington is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Mary White Ovington was an American suffragist, Republican, journalist, and co-founder of the NAACP.

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Phyllis Schlafly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Activist, Author, Writer Phyllis McAlpin Stewart Schlafly is an American constitutional lawyer, conservative activist, author, and speaker and founder of the Eagle Forum. She is known for her staunch social and ...more

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Margaret Atwood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Activist, Poet, Literary critic Margaret Eleanor Atwood, CC OOnt FRSC is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias ...more

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Abigail Folger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Socialite, Social Worker Abigail Anne Folger was an American socialite, volunteer, civil rights devotee, and member of the prominent Folger family. She was the great-granddaughter of J. A. Folger, the founder of Folgers ...more

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Elizabeth Holloway Marston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Radcliffe 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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Katha Pollitt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Poet, Journalist, Essayist Katha Pollitt is an American feminist poet, essayist and critic. She is the author of four essay collections and two books of poetry. Her writing focuses on political and social issues, ...more

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Lindsay Crouse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Lindsay Ann Crouse is an American actress. She made her Broadway debut in the 1972 revival of Much Ado About Nothing and appeared in her first film in 1976 in All the President's Men. For her ...more

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Elizabeth Brewster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Writer Elizabeth Winifred Brewster, CM was a Canadian poet and academic. Born in Chipman, New Brunswick, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Brunswick, a Master of Arts ...more

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Helen B. Taussig is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Physician Helen Brooke Taussig was an American cardiologist, working in Baltimore and Boston who founded the field of pediatric cardiology. Notably, she is credited with developing the concept for a ...more

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Nancy Chodorow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Sociologist, Psychoanalyst Nancy Julia Chodorow is a feminist sociologist and psychoanalyst. She has written a number of influential books, including The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of ...more

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Anne McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Anne Inez McCaffrey was an American-born Irish writer, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. Early in McCaffrey's 46-year career as a writer, she became the first woman ...more

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Antonia Ax:son Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Businessperson Antonia Ax:son Johnson (surname pronounced Axelson Johnson), born in New York City in 1943, is the fourth generation of the family company The Axel Johnson Group, founded by her great ...more

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Deborah Batts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Judge, Lawyer Deborah A. Batts is a United States federal judge, currently serving on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In June 1994, Deborah Batts was sworn in as a Federal ...more

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Josephine Hull is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Actor Josephine Hull was an American stage and film actress who also was a director of plays. She had a successful 50-year career on stage while taking some of her better known roles to film. She won ...more

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Sue Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Author, Writer Sue Miller is an American writer who has written a number of best-selling novels. Her duties as a single mother left her with little time to write for many years, and as a result she did not ...more

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Laura Whitehorn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Laura Jane Whitehorn was born in April 1945 to Lenore and Nathaniel Whitehorn of Brooklyn, New York. As a college student in the 1960s, she organized and participated in civil rights and ...more

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Mina Bissell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Scientist Mina J. Bissell is an Iranian-American biologist known for her research on breast cancer. In particular, she has studied the effects of a cell's microenvironment, including its extracellular ...more

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Jessica Mathews is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Jessica Tuchman Mathews was President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a foreign policy think tank in Washington, D.C., from 1997 to 2015. She has also held jobs in the ...more

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Deborah Wright is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Banker Deborah C. Wright is Chairman and CEO of Carver Bancorp, Inc. the holding company for Carver Federal Savings Bank. Carver is the largest publicly traded African-American operated bank in the ...more

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Carol Gilligan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Psychologist, Author Carol Gilligan is an American feminist, ethicist, and psychologist best known for her work with and against Lawrence Kohlberg on ethical community and ethical relationships, and certain ...more

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Mildred Dresselhaus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Physicist, Professor, Engineer Mildred Dresselhaus, known as the "queen of carbon science", is an institute professor and professor of physics and electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of

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Maxine Kumin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Poet, Author, Teacher Maxine Kumin was an American poet and author. She was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1981–1982.

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Amy Gutmann is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Amy Gutmann is the eighth president of the University of Pennsylvania and Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of ...more

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Elizabeth Holtzman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Elizabeth Holtzman is an American politician and former member of the United States House of Representatives. She was the first woman to hold office as the New York City Comptroller, and the ...more

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Annie Jump Cannon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Human computer, Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon was an American astronomer whose cataloging work was instrumental in the development of contemporary stellar classification. With Edward C. Pickering, she is credited with the ...more

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Helen Sawyer Hogg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Radcliffe 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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Henrietta Swan Leavitt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Human computer, Astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt was an American astronomer who discovered the relation between the luminosity and the period of Cepheid variable stars. A graduate of Radcliffe College, Leavitt started ...more

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Mary Parker Follett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Social Worker, Writer, Management Theorist Mary Parker Follett was an American social worker, management consultant and pioneer in the fields of organizational theory and organizational behavior. Along with Lillian Gilbreth, Mary Parker ...more

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Susan Hadden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Political scientist Susan G. Hadden was a Professor in the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs and the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, United States. Hadden, a native ...more

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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Astronomer Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin was a British–American astronomer and astrophysicist who, in 1925, proposed in her Ph.D. thesis an explanation for the composition of stars in terms of the ...more

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Marjorie Grene is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Writer, Philosopher Marjorie Glicksman Grene was an American philosopher. She wrote both on existentialism and the philosophy of science, especially the philosophy of biology. She taught at the University of ...more

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Alice Rivlin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Economist Alice Mitchell Rivlin is an economist and former U.S. Federal Reserve and budget official. She served as Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve, Director of the White House Office of Management and ...more

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Tenley Albright is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Physician Tenley Emma Albright is an American former figure skater and surgeon. She is the 1956 Olympic champion, the 1952 Olympic silver medalist, the 1953 and 1955 World Champion, the 1953 and 1955 ...more

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Ursula K. Le Guin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Ursula Kroeber Le Guin is an American author of novels, children's books, and short stories, mainly in the genres of fantasy and science fiction. She has also written poetry and essays. First ...more

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Mary Catherine Bateson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Cultural Anthropologist, Author Mary Catherine Bateson is an American writer and cultural anthropologist. A graduate of the Brearley School, Bateson is the daughter of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. Bateson is a noted ...more

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Roger Adams is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Chemist Roger Adams was an American organic chemist. He is best known for the eponymous Adams' catalyst, and his work did much to determine the composition of naturally occurring substances such as ...more

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Barbara W. Tuchman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Journalist, Historian, Author Barbara Wertheim Tuchman was an American historian and author. She won the Pulitzer Prize twice, for The Guns of August, a best-selling history of the prelude to and the first month of World War ...more

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Linda Greenhouse is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Journalist, Court reporter Linda Greenhouse is the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Senior Fellow at Yale Law School. She is a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter who covered the United ...more

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Pauline Maier is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Historian, Professor Pauline Alice Maier was a historian of the American Revolution, though her work also addressed the late colonial period and the history of the United States after the end of the Revolutionary ...more

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Michelle Rosaldo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Anthropologist Michelle Zimbalist Rosaldo, known to her friends and colleagues as Shelly, was a social, linguistic, and psychological anthropologist famous for her studies of the Ilongot people in the ...more

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Emeline Hill Richardson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Radcliffe College Alumni
Archaeologist Emeline Hurd Hill Richardson was a notable classical archaeologist and Etruscan scholar. Hill was the daughter of William Hurd Hill and Emeleen Carlisle. She studied at Radcliffe College, ...more