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VOTE The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women  

Mike Rothschild
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List Rules People on this list must be 1) women who 2) have proven expertise in more than one field and 3) are alive today.

The modern woman is expected to do it all, from juggling careers to picking up the kids at school. It's a lot of pressure to be under. Fortunately, we have an extraordinary group of multi-talented renaissance women from around the world to help guide us in the art of Being Good at Everything.

From pop culture royalty like Oprah to actual royalty like Queen Margrethe of Denmark (also a renowned linguist), and actresses who play scientists to real scientists (who are also astronauts, teachers, and authors), these women have mastered effortlessly switching careers. In balancing science, medicine, entertainment, and politics at the same time, they set an example for all of us to follow and break down barriers that have professionally held women back for generations.

This list is full of modern day renaissance women who have achieved greatness in multiple fields at once. Some are women you've definitely heard of, while others work away from the spotlight, doing things that have changed the world.
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women
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Madonna


Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and ...more

Age: 58

Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Schools: West Junior High, Rochester Adams High School, University of Michigan, St. Andrew's School

Credits: Madonna: Truth or Dare, Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, Evita

Also Ranked

#34 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#50 on The Best Singers of All Time

#21 on The Best Current Female Singers

#24 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women
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Julie Andrews


Dame Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Andrews, DBE, is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director and dancer. Andrews, a former child actress and singer, appeared on the West End in 1948, and made her Broadway debut in a 1954 production of The Boy Friend. She rose to prominence ...more

Age: 81

Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Profession: Theatre Director, Author, Actor, Voice acting, Singer, + more

Credits: Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Shrek 2, Despicable Me

Also Ranked

#15 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#12 on The Best Living English Actresses

#66 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#97 on The Best Singers of All Time

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women
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Ellen DeGeneres


Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003. Her stand up career started in the early 1980s, culminating in a ...more

Age: 59

Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Schools: Atlanta High School, Grace King High School, University of New Orleans

Major/Field Of Study: Communication

Credits: Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now, The 79th Annual Academy Awards

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#21 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#52 on The Funniest People of All Time

#53 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#25 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

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Mae Jemison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women
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Mae Jemison


Mae Carol Jemison is an American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. After her medical education and a brief general practice, Jemison served in the Peace Corps ...more

Age: 60

Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Professor, Astronaut, Scientist, Physician

Schools: Stanford University, Cornell University, Morgan Park High School

Major/Field Of Study: Chemical Engineering

Degree: Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Science

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