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.
Mae Jemison is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women
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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 from 1985 to 1987, when she was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to form a company researching the application of technology to daily life. She has appeared on television several times, including as an actress in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She is a dancer, and holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 62

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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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women
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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 image, and for maintaining her autonomy within the recording industry. Music critics have acclaimed her musical productions which have also been known to induce controversy. Often referred to as the "Queen of Pop", she is cited as an influence among other artists around the world. Born in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna attended the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance before moving ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 60

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

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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 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 1986 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Carson likened her to Bob Newhart, and invited her for an onscreen chat after her set; DeGeneres was the first female comedian invited by iconic host to join him for such a discussion, at a time when such an invitation was widely regarded as one of the most influential endorsements available for a comic. As a film actress, DeGeneres ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 61

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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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 4 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: United Kingdom

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

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

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