100 Notable alumni of
Smith College

Smith College is 269th in the world, 113th in North America, and 107th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 100 notable alumni from Smith College sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1929-1994 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    journalistliterary editorsocialitewritermodel
    Biography

    Jacqueline Lee Kennedy Onassis was an American socialite, writer, photographer, and book editor who served as first lady of the United States from 1961 to 1963, as the wife of President John F. Kennedy. A popular first lady, she endeared the American public with her fashion sense, devotion to her family, and dedication to the historic preservation of the White House. During her lifetime, she was regarded as an international fashion icon.

  2. Sylvia Plath

    Sylvia Plath
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1932-1963 (aged 31)
    Enrolled in Smith College
    Graduated with Bachelor of Arts in literary studies
    Occupations
    poetwriternovelistessayistautobiographer
    Biography

    Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. She is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for two of her published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems (1960) and Ariel (1965), as well as The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death in 1963. The Collected Poems were published in 1981, which included previously unpublished works. For this collection Plath was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1982, making her the fourth to receive this honour posthumously.

  3. Barbara Bush

    Barbara Bush
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1925-2018 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Barbara Pierce Bush was the first lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993 as the wife of President George H. W. Bush, and the founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She previously was the second lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Among her six children are George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States, and Jeb Bush, the 43rd governor of Florida. She and Abigail Adams are the only two women to be the wife of one U.S. president and the mother of another.

  4. Nancy Reagan

    Nancy Reagan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1921-2016 (aged 95)
    Occupations
    television actorfilm actorautobiographerpoliticianstage actor
    Biography

    Nancy Davis Reagan was an American film actress and First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989. She was the second wife of president Ronald Reagan.

  5. Julia Child

    Julia Child
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1912-2004 (aged 92)
    Occupations
    writercooktelevision presentercopywritertypist
    Biography

    Julia Carolyn Child was an American cooking teacher, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, the most notable of which was The French Chef, which premiered in 1963.

  6. Gloria Steinem

    Gloria Steinem
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1934-.. (age 88)
    Enrolled in Smith College
    Graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    journalistwriterreporteractivistessayist
    Biography

    Gloria Marie Steinem is an American feminist journalist and social political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader and a spokeswoman for the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

  7. Piper Kerman

    Piper Kerman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    writermemoirist
    Biography

    Piper Eressea Kerman is an American author. She was indicted in 1998 on charges of felonious money-laundering activities, and sentenced to 15 months' detention in a federal correctional facility, of which she eventually served 13 months. Her memoir of her prison experiences, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison, was adapted into the critically-acclaimed Netflix original comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black. Since leaving prison, Kerman has spoken widely about women in prison and problems with the federal prison system. She now works as a communication strategist for non-profit organizations.

  8. Sara Haines

    Sara Haines
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Sara Hilary Haines is an American television host and journalist. She is known as a co-host of the ABC daytime talk shows The View and Strahan, Sara and Keke and game show The Chase. She has also worked as a correspondent on Today, ABC News, and Good Morning America.

  9. Margaret Mitchell

    Margaret Mitchell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1900-1949 (aged 49)
    Occupations
    writernovelistscreenwriterjournalistprosaist
    Biography

    Margaret Munnerlyn Mitchell was an American novelist and journalist. Mitchell wrote only one novel, published during her lifetime, the American Civil War-era novel Gone with the Wind, for which she won the National Book Award for Most Distinguished Novel of 1936 and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937. Long after her death, a collection of Mitchell's girlhood writings and a novella she wrote as a teenager, titled Lost Laysen, were published. A collection of newspaper articles written by Mitchell for The Atlanta Journal was republished in book form.

  10. Yolanda King

    Yolanda King
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1955-2007 (aged 52)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actorfilm actorhuman rights activist
    Biography

    Yolanda Denise King was an African American activist and first-born child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She was also known for her artistic and entertainment endeavors and public speaking. Her childhood experience was greatly influenced by her father's highly public and influential activism.

  11. Betty Friedan

    Betty Friedan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1921-2006 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    journalistwriterwomen's rights activistsociologistpsychologist
    Biography

    Betty Friedan was an American feminist writer and activist. A leading figure in the women's movement in the United States, her 1963 book The Feminine Mystique is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism in the 20th century. In 1966, Friedan co-founded and was elected the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), which aimed to bring women "into the mainstream of American society now fully equal partnership with men".

  12. Julie Nixon Eisenhower

    Julie Nixon Eisenhower
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Julie Nixon Eisenhower is an American author who is the younger daughter of former U.S. president Richard Nixon and his wife Pat Nixon. Her husband David is the grandson of former U.S. president Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie Eisenhower.

  13. Tammy Baldwin

    Tammy Baldwin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Enrolled in Smith College
    In 1984 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin is an American lawyer and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Wisconsin since January 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, she served three terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing the 78th district, and from 1999 to 2013 represented Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

  14. Bonnie Franklin

    Bonnie Franklin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-2013 (aged 69)
    Occupations
    actorstage actortelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Bonnie Gail Franklin was an American actress, known for her leading role in the television series One Day at a Time (1975–1984). She was nominated for Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe Awards.

  15. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

    Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1906-2001 (aged 95)
    Occupations
    writeraircraft pilotdiaristpoetglider pilot
    Biography

    Anne Spencer Morrow Lindbergh was an American writer and aviator. She was the wife of decorated pioneer aviator Charles Lindbergh, with whom she made many exploratory flights.

  16. Hanya Yanagihara

    Hanya Yanagihara
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1974-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    novelistjournalistwriter
    Biography

    Hanya Yanagihara is an American novelist, editor, and travel writer. She grew up in Hawaii.

  17. Mimi Kennedy

    Mimi Kennedy
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Mary Claire "Mimi" Kennedy is an American actress, author, and activist. Best known for her roles in television sitcoms, Kennedy co-starred in numerous short-lived sitcoms before her role as Ruth Sloan on Homefront (1991–93). She received wider recognition with her roles in the Chuck Lorre created sitcoms; Dharma & Greg (1997–2002), and Mom (2013–2021). For her performance on the last of these, Kennedy received a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series. Kennedy has also appeared in various films, including; Pump Up the Volume (1990), Erin Brockovich (2000), In the Loop (2009), Due Date (2010), Midnight in Paris (2011), and The Five-Year Engagement (2012).

  18. Patricia Wettig

    Patricia Wettig
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    actorplaywrightstage actortelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Patricia Anne Wettig is an American actress and playwright. She is best known for her role as Nancy Weston in the television series Thirtysomething (1987–1991), for which she received a Golden Globe Award and three Primetime Emmy Awards.

  19. Toks Olagundoye

    Toks Olagundoye
    Born in
    Nigeria Flag Nigeria
    Years
    1975-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    actor
    Biography

    Olatokunbo Susan Olasobunmi Abeke "Toks" Olagundoye is a Nigerian actress. She is known for her role as Hayley Shipton in Castle and Jackie Joyner-Kersee in the ABC TV sitcom The Neighbors.

  20. Chien-Shiung Wu

    Chien-Shiung Wu
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1912-1997 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    nuclear physicistuniversity teacherphysicist
    Biography

    Chien-Shiung Wu was a Chinese-American particle and experimental physicist who made significant contributions in the fields of nuclear and particle physics. Wu worked on the Manhattan Project, where she helped develop the process for separating uranium into uranium-235 and uranium-238 isotopes by gaseous diffusion. She is best known for conducting the Wu experiment, which proved that parity is not conserved. This discovery resulted in her colleagues Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen-Ning Yang winning the 1957 Nobel Prize in Physics, while Wu herself was awarded the inaugural Wolf Prize in Physics in 1978. Her expertise in experimental physics evoked comparisons to Marie Curie. Her nicknames include the "First Lady of Physics", the "Chinese Madame Curie" and the "Queen of Nuclear Research".

  21. Joanna Barnes

    Joanna Barnes
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1934-2022 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    novelisttelevision actorjournalistfilm actor
    Biography

    Joanna Barnes was an American actress and writer.

  22. Wendy Sherman

    Wendy Sherman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Wendy Ruth Sherman is an American diplomat who is serving as the United States Deputy Secretary of State since April 2021. She was a professor of the practice of public leadership and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, a senior counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group, and a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

  23. Bill Smitrovich

    Bill Smitrovich
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    television actorfilm actoractorvoice actor
    Biography

    William Stanley Zmitrowicz Jr., known professionally as Bill Smitrovich, is an American actor.

  24. Maya Deren

    Maya Deren
    Born in
    Ukraine Flag Ukraine
    Years
    1917-1961 (aged 44)
    Occupations
    actorfilm directordancermusicianfilm editor
    Biography

    Maya Deren was a Ukrainian-born American experimental filmmaker and important promoter of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer, writer, and photographer.

  25. Desiree Akhavan

    Desiree Akhavan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1984-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    film directoractorscreenwriterfilm actorfilm producer
    Biography

    Desiree Akhavan is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actress based in New York. She was born in New York City. She is best known for her 2014 feature film debut Appropriate Behavior, and her 2018 film The Miseducation of Cameron Post.

  26. Jean Harris

    Jean Harris
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1923-2012 (aged 89)
    Occupations
    teacher
    Biography

    Jean Struven Harris was the headmistress of The Madeira School for girls in McLean, Virginia, who made national news in the early 1980s when she was tried and convicted of the murder of her ex-lover, Herman Tarnower, a well-known cardiologist and author of the best-selling book The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet. The case is featured on the TV show Murder Made Me Famous.

  27. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

    Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
    Born in
    Pakistan Flag Pakistan
    Years
    1978-.. (age 44)
    Enrolled in Smith College
    Studied in 2002
    Occupations
    journalistfilm directorfilm producer
    Biography

    Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a Pakistani-Canadian journalist, filmmaker and activist known for her work in films that highlight the inequality with women. She is the recipient of two Academy Awards, seven Emmy Awards and a Knight International Journalism Award. In 2012, the Government of Pakistan honoured her with the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian honour of the country and the same year Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She holds the record for being the first female film director to have won two Academy Awards by the age of 37.

  28. Emily Webster Murphy

    Emily Webster Murphy
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    civil servantpolitical staffer
    Biography

    Emily Webster Murphy is an American attorney and former government official who served as the administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) from 2017 to 2021. Before serving in the GSA, Murphy was an attorney for the Republican National Committee and worked for several congressional committees and executive departments in the field of acquisition policy.

  29. Sally Quinn

    Sally Quinn
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1941-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    writerjournalist
    Biography

    Sally Sterling Quinn is an American author and journalist, who writes about religion for a blog at The Washington Post.

  30. Ange Kagame

    Ange Kagame
    Born in
    Rwanda Flag Rwanda
    Years
    1993-.. (age 29)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Ange Kagame is the second child and only daughter of Paul Kagame, current president of Rwanda. She has been involved in causes that include women's empowerment, education, and poverty eradication, as well as mass vaccination campaigns. She is married to Bertrand Ndengeyingoma.

  31. Joan Mitchell

    Joan Mitchell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1925-1992 (aged 67)
    Enrolled in Smith College
    In 1943 studied English
    Occupations
    painterillustratorprintmaker
    Biography

    Joan Mitchell was an American artist who worked primarily in painting and printmaking, and also used pastel and made other works on paper. She was an active participant in the New York School of artists in the 1950s. A native of Chicago, she is associated with the American abstract expressionist movement, even though she lived in France for much of her career.

  32. Jaya Jaitly

    Jaya Jaitly
    Years
    1942-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Jaya Jaitly is an Indian politician and former President of Samata Party, an activist, author and Indian handicrafts curator. She stepped down as party president because of the Operation West End controversy in 2002. In 2020 she was sentenced to 4 years in prison for her role in the Operation West End bribery case.

  33. Molly Ivins

    Molly Ivins
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-2007 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    journalistwriter
    Biography

    Mary Tyler "Molly" Ivins was an American newspaper columnist, author, political commentator, and humorist.

  34. Meg Wolitzer

    Meg Wolitzer
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    writernovelistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Meg Wolitzer is an American novelist, known for The Wife, The Ten-Year Nap, The Uncoupling, The Interestings, and The Female Persuasion. She works as an instructor in the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.

  35. Jane Harman

    Jane Harman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Enrolled in Smith College
    In 1966 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    politicianadjunct professor
    Biography

    Jane Margaret Lakes Harman is the former U.S. Representative for California's 36th congressional district, serving from 1993 to 1999, and from 2001 to 2011; she is a member of the Democratic Party. Harman was the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee (2002–2006), and chaired the Homeland Security Committee's Intelligence Subcommittee (2007–2011). Resigning from Congress in February 2011, Harman became President and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She succeeded former Congressman Lee H. Hamilton and was the first woman to lead the organization. She stepped down in February 2021 after a decade, and is a Distinguished Scholar and President Emerita.

  36. Stephanie Cutter

    Stephanie Cutter
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1968-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    lawyerpolitical adviser
    Biography

    Stephanie Cutter is an American political consultant. She served as an advisor to President Barack Obama during his first presidential term, and was deputy campaign manager for his 2012 re-election campaign. She previously worked in campaign and communications roles for other prominent Democrats including Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and Michelle Obama. The New York Times described her as "a popular but polarizing face of (Obama's) campaign", and a "soldier who says the things the candidate can’t (or won’t) say."

  37. Kim Janey

    Kim Janey
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Kim Michelle Janey is an American politician who served as Acting Mayor of Boston for eight months in 2021. She served as President of the Boston City Council from 2020 to 2022, and as a member of the council from the 7th district from 2018 to 2022. She is the first woman and first black person to serve as acting mayor of the city during a vacancy in the office of mayor.

  38. Erin Morgenstern

    Erin Morgenstern
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1978-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    novelistwriter
    Biography

    Erin Morgenstern is an American multimedia artist and the author of two fantasy novels. The Night Circus (2011) was published in more than a dozen languages by 2013 and won the annual Locus Award for Best First Novel. She is a 2012 recipient of an Alex Award. Her second book, The Starless Sea, was published in 2019.

  39. Catharine MacKinnon

    Catharine MacKinnon
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    lawyerwriter
    Biography

    Catharine Alice MacKinnon is an American radical feminist legal scholar, activist, and author. She is the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, where she has been tenured since 1990, and the James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. From 2008 to 2012, she was the special gender adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.

  40. Susan Lindauer

    Susan Lindauer
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    journalistpeace activistauthor
    Biography

    Susan Lindauer is an American antiwar activist and former U.S. Congressional staffer who was charged with "acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government" and violating U.S. financial sanctions during the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. She was incarcerated in 2005 and released the next year after two judges ruled her mentally unfit to stand trial. The government dropped the prosecution in 2009. In 2010, Lindauer published a book about her experiences. Since 2011 Lindauer has appeared frequently on television and in print as a U.S. government critic.

  41. Halina Poświatowska

    Halina Poświatowska
    Born in
    Poland Flag Poland
    Years
    1935-1967 (aged 32)
    Occupations
    poetartistwriter
    Biography

    Halina Poświatowska was a Polish poet and writer, one of the most important figures in modern/contemporary Polish literature.

  42. Ann M. Martin

    Ann M. Martin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    writernovelistchildren's writer
    Biography

    Ann Matthews Martin is an American children's fiction writer, known best for The Baby-Sitters Club series.

  43. Mary Whiton Calkins

    Mary Whiton Calkins
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1863-1930 (aged 67)
    Occupations
    psychologistuniversity teacherphilosopher
    Biography

    Mary Whiton Calkins was an American philosopher and psychologist, whose work informed theory and research of memory, dreams and the self. In 1903, Calkins was the twelfth in a listing of fifty psychologists with the most merit, chosen by her peers. Calkins was refused a Ph.D. by Harvard University because of her gender.

  44. Sherry Rehman

    Sherry Rehman
    Born in
    Pakistan Flag Pakistan
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    journalistpoliticiandiplomat
    Biography

    Sherry Rehman is a Pakistani politician and former diplomat who has been the member of the Senate of Pakistan since 2015. She was the first female Leader of the Opposition in the Senate from March to August 2018 and served as Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States from 2011 to 2013. She is currently serving as the Federal Minister for the Ministry of Climate Change.

  45. Niki Tsongas

    Niki Tsongas
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Enrolled in Smith College
    In 1968 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    politiciansocial workerlawyerdean
    Biography

    Nicola Dickson "Niki" Sauvage Tsongas is an American politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts from 2007 to 2019. She held the seat formerly held by her husband, the late Paul Tsongas, for the district numbered as Massachusetts's 5th congressional district from 2007 to 2013 and as Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district from 2013 to 2019. She is a member of the Democratic Party. In August 2017 Tsongas announced that she would not seek another term in the November 2018 election.

  46. Antara Dev Sen

    Antara Dev Sen
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    writerjournalist
    Biography

    Antara Dev Sen is a British–Indian journalist.

  47. Ruth Ozeki

    Ruth Ozeki
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    writerfilm directornovelist
    Biography

    Ruth Ozeki is an American-Canadian author, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest. Her books and films, including the novels My Year of Meats, All Over Creation (2003), and A Tale for the Time Being (2013), seek to integrate personal narrative and social issues, and deal with themes relating to science, technology, environmental politics, race, religion, war and global popular culture. Her novels have been translated into more than thirty languages. She teaches creative writing at Smith College where she is the Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities in the Department of English Language and Literature.

  48. Jane Yolen

    Jane Yolen
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1939-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    writernovelistscience fiction writerchildren's writereditor
    Biography

    Jane Hyatt Yolen is an American writer of fantasy, science fiction, and children's books. She is the author or editor of more than 350 books, of which the best known is The Devil's Arithmetic, a Holocaust novella. Her other works include the Nebula Award−winning short story "Sister Emily's Lightship", the novelette "Lost Girls", Owl Moon, The Emperor and the Kite, the Commander Toad series and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. She has collaborated on works with all three of her children, most extensively with Adam Stemple.

  49. Susan George

    Susan George
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1934-.. (age 88)
    Occupations
    political scientisteconomistsociologistacademicphilosopher
    Biography

    Susan George is an American and French political and social scientist, activist and writer on global social justice, Third World poverty, underdevelopment and debt. She is the president of the Transnational Institute, a think-tank located in Amsterdam. She is a fierce critic of the present policies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (IBRD) and what she calls their 'maldevelopment model'. She similarly criticizes the structural reform policies of the Washington Consensus on Third World development. She is of U.S. birth but now resides in France, and has dual citizenship since 1994.

  50. Natalie Zemon Davis

    Natalie Zemon Davis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1928-.. (age 94)
    Enrolled in Smith College
    In 1949 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    historianscreenwriteruniversity teacherfeministresearcher
    Biography

    Natalie Zemon Davis, is a Canadian and American historian of the early modern period. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of History and Anthropology and Professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto in Canada. Her work originally focused on France, but has since broadened to include other parts of Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. For example, Trickster Travels (2006) views Italy, Spain, Morocco and other parts of North Africa and West Africa through the lens of Leo Africanus's pioneering geography. It has appeared in four translations, with three more on the way. Davis' books have all been translated into other languages: twenty-two for The Return of Martin Guerre. She was the second female president of the American Historical Association (the first, Nellie Neilson, was in 1943) and someone who "has not lost the integrity and commitment to radical thought which marked her early career".

  51. Leyla McCalla

    Leyla McCalla
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1985-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    singersongwritercellistbanjoist
    Biography

    Leyla Sarah McCalla is an American classical and folk musician. She was a cellist with the Grammy-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops but left to focus on her solo career.

  52. Deborah Bergamini

    Deborah Bergamini
    Born in
    Italy Flag Italy
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    journalistpolitician
    Biography

    Deborah Bergamini is an Italian politician, manager and journalist currently member of the Italian Parliament.

  53. Sandy Skoglund

    Sandy Skoglund
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    photographerinstallation artist
    Biography

    Sandy Skoglund is an American photographer and installation artist.

  54. Corinne Ellemeet

    Corinne Ellemeet
    Born in
    Netherlands Flag Netherlands
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Jkvr. Corinne Elisabeth de Jonge van Ellemeet is a Dutch politician.

  55. Kathleen Woodward

    Kathleen Woodward
    Years
    20th Century
    Enrolled in Smith College
    Graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    academicuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Kathleen Woodward is an American academic. She is a Lockwood Professor in Humanities and in English at the University of Washington and has been the Director of the Simpson Center for the Humanities since 2000. Her areas of specialization include 20th-century American literature and culture; discourse of the emotions; technology and science studies; and age studies; digital humanities; and gender, women, and sexuality studies. She is working on risk in the context of globalization and population aging. Her writing talks about the invisibility status of older women and she advocates for an arena of visibility.

  56. Jane Cooke Wright

    Jane Cooke Wright
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1919-2013 (aged 94)
    Enrolled in Smith College
    Studied in 1942
    Occupations
    oncologist
    Biography

    Jane Cooke Wright was a pioneering cancer researcher and surgeon noted for her contributions to chemotherapy. In particular, Wright is credited with developing the technique of using human tissue culture rather than laboratory mice to test the effects of potential drugs on cancer cells. She also pioneered the use of the drug methotrexate to treat breast cancer and skin cancer (mycosis fungoids).

  57. Amy Bloom

    Amy Bloom
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    writerpsychologistpsychotherapistnovelistshort story writer
    Biography

    Amy Bloom is an American writer and psychotherapist. She has been nominated for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

  58. Louka Katseli

    Louka Katseli
    Born in
    Greece Flag Greece
    Years
    1952-.. (age 70)
    Enrolled in Smith College
    In 1972 graduated with bachelor's degree in economics
    Occupations
    politicianeconomistentrepreneuruniversity teacher
    Biography

    Louka Katseli is a Greek economist and politician. Today, she is Professor Emeritus of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Chair of the National Bank of Greece in Cyprus, CEO of Rightholders Cooperative EDEM, Vice President of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), member of the Independent Commission for Sustainable Equality, Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats - S&D, (Progressive Society) and business consultant for enterprises and organizations in Greece and Europe.

  59. Laura Tyson

    Laura Tyson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    economistuniversity teacherpolitician
    Biography

    Laura D'Andrea Tyson is an American economist and university administrator who is currently a Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School at the Haas School of Business of the University of California, Berkeley and a senior fellow at the Berggruen Institute. She served as the 16th Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 1993 to 1995 and 2nd Director of the National Economic Council from 1995 to 1996 under President Bill Clinton. Tyson was the first woman to hold each of those posts.

  60. Olive Higgins Prouty

    Olive Higgins Prouty
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1882-1974 (aged 92)
    Occupations
    writerpoet
    Biography

    Olive Higgins Prouty was an American novelist and poet, best known for her 1923 novel Stella Dallas and her pioneering consideration of psychotherapy in her 1941 novel Now, Voyager.

  61. Florence R. Sabin

    Florence R. Sabin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1871-1953 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    physicianuniversity teacherscientistanatomist
    Biography

    Florence Rena Sabin was an American medical scientist. She was a pioneer for women in science; she was the first woman to hold a full professorship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the first woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and the first woman to head a department at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. During her years of retirement, she pursued a second career as a public health activist in Colorado, and in 1951 received the Albert Lasker Public Service Award for this work.

  62. Gretchen Menn

    Gretchen Menn
    Occupations
    guitaristcomposer
    Biography

    Gretchen Menn is an American guitarist and composer who has her own original instrumental work and is also the lead guitarist for Zepparella, an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band. She was included in Guitar Player Magazine's '50 Sensational Female Guitarists' and Guitar Player Magazine's '50 Years of Extraordinary Players.' In 2017 she was one of 11 female guitarists selected to contribute a track onto She Rocks, Vol. 1, a compilation released on Steve Vai’s label: 'Favored Nations'. In 2017 she was nominated by readers of Vintage Guitar Magazine as 'Artist of the Year', alongside Allan Holdsworth, Steve Vai, Dan Auerbach, Rik Emmett, and Andy Timmons. She has provided lessons for Acoustic Guitar Magazine, JamPlay - an online guitar lesson provider, and has been a 3-time counselor at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camps.

  63. Jerry Zaks

    Jerry Zaks
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    film directorstage actortelevision actortheatrical director
    Biography

    Jerry Zaks is an American stage and television director, and actor. He won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play and Drama Desk Award for directing The House of Blue Leaves, Lend Me a Tenor, and Six Degrees of Separation and the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical and Drama Desk Award for Guys and Dolls.

  64. Eleanor J. Gibson

    Eleanor J. Gibson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1910-2002 (aged 92)
    Occupations
    psychologistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Eleanor Jack Gibson was an American psychologist who focused on reading development and perceptual learning in infants. Gibson began her career at Smith College as an instructor in 1932, publishing her first works on research conducted as an undergraduate student. Gibson was able to circumvent the many obstacles she faced due to the Great Depression and gender discrimination, by finding research opportunities that she could meld with her own interests. Gibson, with her husband James J. Gibson, created the Gibsonian ecological theory of development, which emphasized how important perception was because it allows humans to adapt to their environments. Perhaps her most well-known contribution to psychology was the "visual cliff,” which studied depth perception in both human and animal species, leading to a new understanding of perceptual development in infants. Gibson was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1971, the National Academy of Education in 1972, and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1977. In 1992, she was awarded the National Medal of Science.

  65. Helen DeWitt

    Helen DeWitt
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1957-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    authornovelistwriter
    Biography

    Helen DeWitt is an American novelist. She is the author of the novels The Last Samurai (2000) and Lightning Rods (2011) and the short story collection Some Trick (2018) and, in collaboration with the Australian journalist Ilya Gridneff, has written Your Name Here. She lives in Berlin.

  66. Cheryl Crawford

    Cheryl Crawford
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1902-1986 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    stage actortheatrical director
    Biography

    Cheryl Crawford was an American theatre producer and director.

  67. Senda Berenson Abbott

    Senda Berenson Abbott
    Born in
    Lithuania Flag Lithuania
    Years
    1868-1954 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    basketball playerbasketball coachphysical education teacher
    Biography

    Senda Berenson Abbott was a figure of women's basketball and the author of the first Basketball Guide for Women (1901–07). She was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor on July 1, 1985, the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1987, and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

  68. Eunice Carter

    Eunice Carter
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1899-1970 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    lawyer
    Biography

    Eunice Roberta Hunton Carter was an American lawyer. She was one of New York's first female African-American lawyers, and one of the first prosecutors of color in the United States. She was active in the Pan-African Congress and in United Nations committees to advance the status of women in the world. She led a massive prostitution racketeering investigation, building the case and strategy that allowed New York District Attorney Thomas Dewey to successfully charge Mafioso kingpin Charles "Lucky" Luciano with compulsory prostitution.

  69. Margery Eagan

    Margery Eagan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    radio personalityjournalist
    Biography

    Margery Eagan is a talk radio host and a frequent guest on CNN, ABC, Fox News, and the Imus in the Morning radio show. For many years she was a columnist for the Boston Herald. Subjects of her commentaries include gender/women's issues, Catholicism, and politics.

  70. Farah Pandith

    Farah Pandith
    Born in
    India Flag India
    Years
    1968-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    diplomat
    Biography

    Farah Pandith is an American academic of Indian descent. She was appointed the first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities in June 2009 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The position was made specifically for her after she briefed Secretary Clinton about her work in the Bush Administration. She had the rare distinction of being a political appointee for two Republican presidents and President Obama. When she was the Special Representative she traveled to almost 100 countries. After serving under both Secretaries Clinton and John Kerry, she left government. She said she came to Washington after 9/11 again and wanted to serve – she left after more than a decade in public service. She worked at USAID and then went to the National Security Council and then the U.S. Department of State. When she left in 2014, she returned to her home state of Massachusetts.

  71. Satya Rhodes-Conway

    Satya Rhodes-Conway
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Enrolled in Smith College
    1990-1994 graduated with Bachelor of Arts in biology
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Satya Rhodes-Conway is an American politician. She was a member of the Madison Common Council between 2007 and 2013. In 2019, Rhodes-Conway was elected Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin. She is the first out lesbian and first openly LGBTQ person elected to that office, and only the second woman to hold the post.

  72. Elim Chan

    Elim Chan
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1986-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    conductor
    Biography

    Elim Chan is a Hong Kong conductor. Elim Chan has been the chief conductor of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra from the 2019-2020 concert season, and has been the permanent guest conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra from the 2018-2019 season.

  73. Euphemia Haynes

    Euphemia Haynes
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1890-1980 (aged 90)
    Enrolled in Smith College
    Studied in 1910-1914
    Occupations
    mathematicianeducator
    Biography

    Martha Euphemia Lofton Haynes was an American mathematician and educator. She was the first African American woman to earn a PhD in mathematics, which she earned from the Catholic University of America in 1943.

  74. Sally Cruikshank

    Sally Cruikshank
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    animatorcomics artistfilm director
    Biography

    Sarah Cruikshank is an American cartoonist and animator whose work includes animation for the Children's Television Workshop program Sesame Street, and whose short "Quasi at the Quackadero" (1975) was inducted into the United States National Film Registry.

  75. Carolyn Dineen King

    Carolyn Dineen King
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1938-.. (age 84)
    Occupations
    judgelawyer
    Biography

    Carolyn Dineen King is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Her chambers are in Houston, Texas.

  76. J. Courtney Sullivan

    J. Courtney Sullivan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    journalistauthornovelistwriter
    Biography

    Julie Courtney Sullivan, better known as J. Courtney Sullivan, is an American novelist and former writer for The New York Times.

  77. Merrie Spaeth

    Merrie Spaeth
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Merrie Marcia Spaeth is an American public relations and communications consultant.

  78. Cornelia Oberlander

    Cornelia Oberlander
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1921-2021 (aged 100)
    Occupations
    architect
    Biography

    Cornelia Hahn Oberlander was a German-born Canadian landscape architect. Her firm, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander Landscape Architects, was founded in 1953, when she moved to Vancouver.

  79. Brinda Somaya

    Brinda Somaya
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    architect
    Biography

    Brinda Somaya is an Indian architect and urban conservationist.

  80. Alice Parker

    Alice Parker
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1925-.. (age 97)
    Enrolled in Smith College
    In 1947 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    composerconductormusic arrangermusic teacher
    Biography

    Alice Parker is an American composer, arranger, conductor, and teacher. She has authored five operas, eleven song-cycles, thirty-three cantatas, eleven works for chorus and orchestra, forty-seven choral suites, and more than forty hymns, all original compositions. Also to be noted are wealth of arrangements based on pre-existing folk-songs and hymns, many of which were produced in collaboration with Robert Shaw. Parker is best known for these kinds of arrangements of spirituals, mountain hymns, and folk songs, early-American hymns, and international folk-songs, most notably in French, Spanish, Hebrew, and Ladino.

  81. Sallie McFague

    Sallie McFague
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1933-2019 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    naturalisttheologian
    Biography

    Sallie McFague was an American feminist Christian theologian, best known for her analysis of how metaphor lies at the heart of how we may speak about God. She applied this approach in particular to ecological issues, writing extensively on care for the earth as if it were God's "body". She was Distinguished Theologian in Residence at the Vancouver School of Theology, British Columbia, Canada.

  82. María Eugenia Estenssoro

    María Eugenia Estenssoro
    Born in
    Bolivia Flag Bolivia
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    journalistpolitician
    Biography

    María Eugenia Estenssoro is a Bolivian Argentine politician, journalist and activist for women's rights. She represented the city of Buenos Aires in the Argentine Senate from 2007 to 2013.

  83. Kimberly Drew

    Kimberly Drew
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1990-.. (age 32)
    Occupations
    arts administratorcuratorwriter
    Biography

    Kimberly Drew is an American art influencer and writer. She is best known as the former social media manager for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and her use of the social media handle MuseumMammy. Drew released her first book, This Is What I Know About Art in June 2020, as part of a children series from Penguin, and published an anthology titled Black Futures with New York Times' staff writer Jenna Wortham in December 2020.

  84. Katherine Stieglitz

    Katherine Stieglitz
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1898-1971 (aged 73)
    Occupations
    photographer
    Biography

    Katherine Stieglitz, or Katherine Stieglitz Stearns, was the daughter of Emmeline, or Emmy, and Alfred Stieglitz, an American photographer and modern art promoter. She was the subject of many of her father's photographs, particularly in her early years. They were exhibited and received praise for their wholesome sentiment. She graduated from Smith College before marrying Milton Sprague Stearns. After the birth of her son in 1923, she was institutionalized for depression and hallucinations and remained there until her death in 1971.

  85. Mary van Kleeck

    Mary van Kleeck
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1883-1972 (aged 89)
    Occupations
    sociologistsocial workereconomist
    Biography

    Mary Abby van Kleeck was an American social scientist of the 20th century. She was a notable figure in the American labor movement as well as a proponent of scientific management and a planned economy.

  86. Jessica Brody

    Jessica Brody
    Years
    1979-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    children's writernovelist
    Biography

    Jessica Brody is an American author, mainly of young adult fiction.

  87. Julianna Smoot

    Julianna Smoot
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1967-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    fundraiser
    Biography

    Julianna Smoot is an American political aide and fundraiser for the Democratic Party. She served as a Deputy Manager of Barack Obama's 2012 presidential reelection campaign, having previously served as White House Social Secretary, Deputy Assistant to the President. and Chief of Staff to United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Smoot previously served as a professional fundraiser for the Democratic Party. She was the national finance director for Barack Obama 2008 presidential campaign. Under her direction, the campaign raised $32.5 million during the second quarter of 2007 and by election day, more money than any campaign in American history. She was named Social Secretary after her predecessor, Desirée Rogers resigned on February 26, 2010.

  88. Saadia Zahidi

    Saadia Zahidi
    Born in
    Pakistan Flag Pakistan
    Occupations
    economist
    Biography

    Saadia Zahidi is a managing director at the World Economic Forum. She heads the Forum's Centre for the New Economy and Society. She co-authors the Forum's Future of Jobs, Global Gender Gap, Reskilling Revolution, and Global Human Capital Reports.

  89. Rochelle Lazarus

    Rochelle Lazarus
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Rochelle "Shelly" Lazarus is the Chairman Emeritus of Ogilvy & Mather.

  90. David Peck Todd

    David Peck Todd
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1855-1939 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    astronomerpoetuniversity teacherwriter
    Biography

    David Peck Todd was an American astronomer. He produced a complete set of photographs of the 1882 transit of Venus.

  91. Celinda Lake

    Celinda Lake
    Occupations
    political scientist
    Biography

    Celinda Lake is a pollster and political strategist for the Democratic Party in the United States of America.

  92. Erin K. O'Shea

    Erin K. O'Shea
    Occupations
    biochemist
    Biography

    Erin K. O'Shea Ph.D. is President of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In 2013, she was named HHMI's Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. Prior to that, she was a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. In 2016, her appointment as future, and first woman, President of HHMI was announced. She has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator since 2000.

  93. Tosca Lee

    Tosca Lee
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    novelist
    Biography

    Tosca Lee is a bestselling American author known for her historical novels and thrillers.

  94. Becca Balint

    Becca Balint
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1968-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Rebecca A. Balint is an American educator, writer, and politician who serves as a member of the Vermont Senate from Windham County, Vermont, as a member of the Democratic Party and as the President pro tempore of the Vermont Senate since 2021. She served as the Majority Leader in the state senate from 2017 to 2021.

  95. Angela Rasmussen

    Angela Rasmussen
    Years
    1970s
    Enrolled in Smith College
    1996-2000 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    researchervirologist
    Biography

    Angela Rasmussen is an American virologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.

  96. Edith Lewis

    Edith Lewis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1881-1972 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    editorjournalist
    Biography

    Edith Lewis was a magazine editor at McClure's Magazine, the managing editor of Every Week Magazine, and an advertising copywriter at J. Walter Thompson. Lewis was Willa Cather's domestic partner and was named executor of Cather's literary estate in Cather's will. After Cather's death, Lewis published a memoir of Cather in 1953 titled Willa Cather Living.

  97. Blanche Ames Ames

    Blanche Ames Ames
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1878-1969 (aged 91)
    Enrolled in Smith College
    In 1899 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    botanical illustratorinventorwriterwatercoloristsuffragette
    Biography

    Blanche Ames Ames was an American artist, political activist, inventor, writer, and prominent supporter of women's suffrage and birth control.

  98. Jeannie Cho Lee

    Jeannie Cho Lee
    Years
    1968-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    wine critic
    Biography

    Jeannie Cho Lee is a Hong Kong-based, Korean-American wine critic, author, journalist, consultant, wine educator and Master of Wine, the first ethnic Asian to achieve this accreditation. She was 25th on Decanter's Power List 2013.

  99. Mary Berenson

    Mary Berenson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1864-1945 (aged 81)
    Occupations
    art historian
    Biography

    Mary Berenson was an art historian, now thought to have had a large hand in some of the writings of her second husband, Bernard Berenson.

  100. Nancy Hamilton

    Nancy Hamilton
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1908-1985 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    writeractorstage actorlyricistfilm director
    Biography

    Nancy Hamilton was an American actress, playwright, lyricist, director and producer.