The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women  

Mike Rothschild
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List Rules Vote 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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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women
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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 starring in musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, both of which earned her Tony Award nominations. In 1957, she appeared on television with the title role in the musical Cinderella, which was seen by over 100 million viewers. She made her feature film debut in Mary Poppins, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She received her second Academy Award nomination for The Sound of ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 83

Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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

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

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women
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Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America's only black billionaire. She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and honorary ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 65

Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more

Schools: Nicolet High School, Tennessee State University, East Literature Magnet School

Credits: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Color Purple, Beloved, Oprah: Where Are They Now?

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Temple Grandin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women
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Mary Temple Grandin is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, a best-selling author, an autistic activist, and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She also invented the "hug box", a device to calm those on the autism spectrum. The subject of an award-winning, 2010 biographical film, Temple Grandin, she also was listed in the Time 100 list of the one hundred most influential people in the world in the "Heroes" category. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 71

Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts

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

Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters

Credits: In the Woods, ARTS: A Film About Possibilities, Disabilities & the Arts

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women
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Angelina Jolie Pitt is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as Hollywood's highest-paid actress. Jolie made her screen debut as a child alongside her father, Jon Voight, in Lookin' to Get Out. Her film career began in earnest a decade later with the low-budget production Cyborg 2, followed by her first leading role in a major film, Hackers. She starred in the critically acclaimed biographical television films George Wallace and Gia, and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupted. Jolie's starring role as the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 43

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Nationality: Cambodia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, + more

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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