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The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women

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List RulesVote up the most multifaceted modern day women.

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.

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    Ellen O. Ochoa (born May 10, 1958) is an American engineer, former astronaut and former Director of the Johnson Space Center. Ochoa became director of the center upon the retirement of the previous director, Michael Coats, on December 31, 2012. In 1993 Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman to go to space when she served on a nine-day mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery....  more
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Astronaut, Engineer
    • Schools: Grossmont High School, Stanford University, San Diego State University
    • Major/Field Of Study: Physics, Electrical engineering
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    Madonna Louise Ciccone (, Italian: [tʃikˈkoːne]; born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop" since the 1980s, Madonna is known for pushing the boundaries of songwriting in mainstream popular music and for the imagery she uses onstage and in music videos. She has frequently reinvented her music and image while maintaining autonomy within the recording industry. Although having sparked controversy, her works have been praised by music critics. Madonna is often cited as an influence by other artists. Born and raised in Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City in 1978 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing...  more
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter
    • 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
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    Temple Grandin

    Mary Temple Grandin (born August 29, 1947) is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and autism spokesperson. She is one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience of autism. Grandin has authored over 60 peer reviewed scientific papers on animal behavior, and is a prominent proponent for the humane treatment of livestock for slaughter. She also invented the "Hug Box" device to calm those on the autism spectrum. In the 2010 Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, she was named in the "Heroes" category. She was...  more
    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Screenwriter, Scientist, Author, Consultant
    • Schools: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Hampshire Country School, Arizona State University, Franklin Pierce College
    • Credits: In the Woods, ARTS: A Film About Possibilities, Disabilities & the Arts
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  • Angelina Jolie (; née Voight, formerly Jolie Pitt, born June 4, 1975) is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. The recipient of such accolades as an Academy Award and three Golden Globe Awards, she has been named Hollywood's highest-paid actress multiple times. Jolie made her screen debut as a child alongside her father, Jon Voight, in Lookin' to Get Out (1982), and her film career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2 (1993), followed by her first leading role in a major film, Hackers (1995). She starred in the critically acclaimed biographical cable films George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998), and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting...  more
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
    • Nationality: Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United States of America
    • Alternative Name: Angelina Jolie
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Author, Actor
    • Schools: Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, El Rodeo School, New York University, William O. Schaefer Elementary School, Beverly Hills High School
    • Major/Field Of Study: Filmmaking
    • Credits: Maleficent, Changeling, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Salt
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