100 Notable alumni of
Wellesley College

Wellesley College is 285th in the world, 121st in North America, and 115th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 100 notable alumni from Wellesley College sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1947-.. (age 75)
    Enrolled in Wellesley College
    1965-1969 graduated with Bachelor of Arts in political science
    Occupations
    politicianlawyerdiplomatwriterautobiographer
    Biography

    Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer, and public speaker who served as the 67th United States secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, as a United States senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009, and as first lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001 as the wife of President Bill Clinton. A member of the Democratic Party, she was the party's nominee for president in the 2016 presidential election, which she lost to Donald Trump.

  2. Elisabeth Shue

    Elisabeth Shue
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    television actorfilm actoractorfilm producersinger
    Biography

    Elisabeth Judson Shue is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the films The Karate Kid (1984), Adventures in Babysitting (1987), Cocktail (1988), Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Soapdish (1991), The Saint (1997), Hollow Man (2000), Piranha 3D (2010), Battle of the Sexes (2017), and Death Wish (2018). She was nominated for an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in the film Leaving Las Vegas (1995).

  3. Madeleine Albright

    Madeleine Albright
    Born in
    Czech Republic Flag Czech Republic
    Years
    1937-2022 (aged 85)
    Enrolled in Wellesley College
    Graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    diplomatpoliticianwriter
    Biography

    Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright was an American diplomat and political scientist who served as the 64th United States secretary of state from 1997 to 2001. A member of the Democratic Party, Albright was the first woman to hold the post.

  4. Ali MacGraw

    Ali MacGraw
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1939-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    actorfilm actormodelautobiographertelevision actor
    Biography

    Elizabeth Alice MacGraw is an American actress and activist. She gained attention with her role in the film Goodbye, Columbus (1969), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. She gained an international profile for her role in the film Love Story (1970), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. In 1972, MacGraw was voted the top female box office star in the world and was honored with a hands and footprints ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theatre after having been in just three films. She went on to star in the popular action film The Getaway (1972). She played the female lead in Convoy (1978) and headlined the romantic sports drama Players (1979), the comedy Just Tell Me What You Want (1980), and appeared in the historical novel-based television miniseries The Winds of War (1983). In 1991, she published an autobiography, Moving Pictures.

  5. Nora Ephron

    Nora Ephron
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1941-2012 (aged 71)
    Enrolled in Wellesley College
    Studied in 1962
    Occupations
    screenwriterfilm producerfilm directorjournalistnovelist
    Biography

    Nora Ephron was an American journalist, writer, and filmmaker. She is best known for her romantic comedy films and was nominated three times for both the Writer’s Guild of America Award and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Silkwood (1983), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), and Sleepless in Seattle (1993). She won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally..., which the Writers Guild of America ranked as the 40th greatest screenplay of all time.

  6. Soong May-ling

    Soong May-ling
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1897-2003 (aged 106)
    Enrolled in Wellesley College
    Studied in 1917
    Occupations
    politicianpublic figure
    Biography

    Soong Mei-ling or, legally, Soong May-ling, also known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek or Madame Chiang, was a Chinese political figure who was First Lady of the Republic of China, the wife of Generalissimo and President Chiang Kai-shek. Soong played a prominent role in the politics of the Republic of China and was the sister-in-law of Sun Yat-sen, the founder and the leader of the Republic of China. She was active in the civic life of her country and held many honorary and active positions, including chairwoman of Fu Jen Catholic University. During WW2, she rallied against the Japanese; and in 1943 conducted an eight-month speaking tour of the United States of America to gain support. Her life spanned three centuries.

  7. Diane Sawyer

    Diane Sawyer
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    journalistnews presenterweather presenter
    Biography

    Lila Diane Sawyer is an American television broadcast journalist known for anchoring major programs on two networks including ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, 20/20, and Primetime newsmagazine while at ABC News. During her tenure at CBS News she hosted CBS Morning and was the first woman correspondent on 60 Minutes. Prior to her journalism career, she was a member of U.S. President Richard Nixon's White House staff and assisted in his post-presidency memoirs. Presently she works for ABC News producing documentaries and interview specials.

  8. Cokie Roberts

    Cokie Roberts
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1943-2019 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne "Cokie" Roberts was an American journalist and author. Her career included decades as a political reporter and analyst for National Public Radio, PBS, and ABC News, with prominent positions on Morning Edition, The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, World News Tonight, and This Week. She was considered one of NPR's "Founding Mothers" along with Susan Stamberg, Linda Wertheimer and Nina Totenberg.

  9. Chirlane McCray

    Chirlane McCray
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    writerspeechwriterpoet
    Biography

    Chirlane Irene McCray is an American writer, editor, and activist. She is married to former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and had been described as de Blasio's "closest advisor." She chaired the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and was appointed by her husband to lead a billion-dollar initiative called ThriveNYC. She has also published poetry and worked in politics as a speechwriter.

  10. Barbara Babcock

    Barbara Babcock
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1937-.. (age 85)
    Occupations
    stage actortelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Barbara Babcock is an American character actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Grace Gardner on Hill Street Blues, for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress—Drama Series in 1981, and her role as Dorothy Jennings on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1995.

  11. Michelle Ye

    Michelle Ye
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1980-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    autobiographeractor
    Biography

    Michelle Ye or Ye Xuan is a Chinese actress and producer. She is best known for her roles in, Eternal Happiness, Triumph in the Skies, and Lost in the Chamber of Love. Her most notable role was in the 2009 film Accident, in which she won the 2010 Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress.

  12. Marjory Stoneman Douglas

    Marjory Stoneman Douglas
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1890-1998 (aged 108)
    Occupations
    journalistenvironmentalistwritersuffragist
    Biography

    Marjory Stoneman Douglas was an American journalist, author, women's suffrage advocate, and conservationist known for her staunch defense of the Everglades against efforts to drain it and reclaim land for development. Moving to Miami as a young woman to work for The Miami Herald, she became a freelance writer, producing over one hundred short stories that were published in popular magazines. Her most influential work was the book The Everglades: River of Grass (1947), which redefined the popular conception of the Everglades as a treasured river instead of a worthless swamp. Its impact has been compared to that of Rachel Carson's influential book Silent Spring (1962). Her books, stories, and journalism career brought her influence in Miami, enabling her to advance her causes.

  13. Amanda Burden

    Amanda Burden
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    landscape architecturban plannerpolitician
    Biography

    Amanda Jay Mortimer Burden is a principal at Bloomberg Associates, an international consulting service founded by Michael Bloomberg as a philanthropic venture to help city governments improve the quality of life of their citizens. She was the director of the New York City Department of City Planning and chair of the City Planning Commission under Mayor Bloomberg from 2002 to 2013.

  14. Blanche Baker

    Blanche Baker
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    screenwriterfilm producertelevision actorfilm actorstage actor
    Biography

    Blanche Baker is an American actress and filmmaker. She won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the television mini-series Holocaust. Baker is known for her role as Ginny Baker in Sixteen Candles; she also starred in the title role of Lolita on Broadway. In 2012, she produced and starred in a film about Ruth Madoff titled Ruth Madoff Occupies Wall Street.

  15. Nayantara Sahgal

    Nayantara Sahgal
    Born in
    India Flag India
    Years
    1927-.. (age 95)
    Enrolled in Wellesley College
    Graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    journalistwriter
    Biography

    Nayantara Sahgal is an Indian writer who writes in English. She is a member of the Nehru–Gandhi family, the second of the three daughters born to Jawaharlal Nehru's sister, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.

  16. Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

    Michelle Caruso-Cabrera
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    journalistpolitician
    Biography

    Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is an American politician and journalist. She was a regular CNBC contributor for two decades, including as co-host of Power Lunch and Worldwide Exchange. She unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination for the 2021 New York City Comptroller election.

  17. Ana Alicia

    Ana Alicia
    Born in
    Mexico Flag Mexico
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    actortelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Ana Alicia Ortiz Torres is an American former actress who performed in theatre and on television. She is known for playing scheming vineyard heiress Melissa Agretti on the long-running primetime soap opera Falcon Crest for seven seasons. She got her television start spending a year on the daytime soap-opera Ryan's Hope and also performed in few single episode guest-starring roles on various televisions shows or in television movies most years from the late-1970s to the mid-1990s.

  18. Annie Jump Cannon

    Annie Jump Cannon
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1863-1941 (aged 78)
    Enrolled in Wellesley College
    In 1907 graduated with Master of Arts
    Occupations
    astronomerphysicistuniversity teacherastrophysicist
    Biography

    Annie Jump Cannon was an American astronomer whose cataloging work was instrumental in the development of contemporary stellar classification. With Edward C. Pickering, she is credited with the creation of the Harvard Classification Scheme, which was the first serious attempt to organize and classify stars based on their temperatures and spectral types. She was nearly deaf throughout her career. She was a suffragist and a member of the National Women's Party.

  19. Rini Mariani Soemarno Soewandi

    Rini Mariani Soemarno Soewandi
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    politicianeconomist
    Biography

    Rini Mariani Soemarno is an Indonesian economist and was the Minister of State-Owned Enterprises in President Joko Widodo's Working Cabinet. She graduated from Wellesley College, Massachusetts, in 1981. She served as Minister of Trade and Industry in Megawati Sukarnoputri's Mutual Assistance Cabinet from 2001 to 2004.

  20. Bing Xin

    Bing Xin
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1900-1999 (aged 99)
    Occupations
    translatorpoetwriter
    Biography

    Xie Wanying, better known by her pen name Bing Xin (Chinese: 冰心) or Xie Bingxin, was one of the most prolific Chinese women writers of the 20th century. Many of her works were written for young readers. She was the chairperson of the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles. Her pen name Bing Xin (literally "Ice Heart") carries the meaning of a morally pure heart, and is taken from a line in a Tang Dynasty poem by Wang Changling.

  21. Jocelyn Benson

    Jocelyn Benson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    politicianlaw clerk
    Biography

    Jocelyn Benson is an American politician, jurist, and former academic administrator. She is the 43rd Secretary of State of Michigan. Benson is a former dean of Wayne State University Law School, a co-founder of the Military Spouses of Michigan, and a board member of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality. She is the author of State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process (2010).

  22. Emilie Benes Brzezinski

    Emilie Benes Brzezinski
    Born in
    Switzerland Flag Switzerland
    Years
    1932-.. (age 90)
    Enrolled in Wellesley College
    Studied in 1953
    Occupations
    visual artistsculptorblogger
    Biography

    Emilie Beneš Brzezinski is a Swiss American sculptor and the widow of Zbigniew Brzezinski.

  23. Suzanne Ciani

    Suzanne Ciani
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    composerkeyboardistrecord producer
    Biography

    Suzanne Ciani is an American musician, sound designer, composer, and record label executive who found early success in the 1970s with her electronic music and sound effects for films and television commercials. Her career has included works with quadraphonic sound. She has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album five times. Her success with electronic music has her dubbed "Diva of the Diode" and "America's first female synth hero".

  24. Anne Revere

    Anne Revere
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1903-1990 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    stage actorfilm actortelevision actor
    Biography

    Anne Revere was an American actress and a progressive member of the board of the Screen Actors' Guild. She was best known for her work on Broadway and her film portrayals of mothers in a series of critically acclaimed films. An outspoken critic of the House Un-American Activities Committee, her name appeared in Red Channels: The Report on Communist Influence in Radio and Television in 1950 and she was subsequently blacklisted.

  25. Katharine Lee Bates

    Katharine Lee Bates
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1863-1929 (aged 66)
    Occupations
    poetwriteruniversity teachersongwriter
    Biography

    Katharine Lee Bates was an American professor and author, chiefly remembered for her anthem "America the Beautiful", but also for her many books and articles on social reform, on which she was a noted speaker.

  26. Ayesha Jalal

    Ayesha Jalal
    Born in
    Pakistan Flag Pakistan
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    historiansociologist
    Biography

    Ayesha Jalal is a Pakistani-American historian who serves as the Mary Richardson Professor of History at Tufts University, and was the recipient of the 1998 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

  27. Ira Trivedi

    Ira Trivedi
    Born in
    India Flag India
    Years
    1980s
    Occupations
    academic
    Biography

    Ira Trivedi is an Indian author, columnist, and yoga teacher. She writes both fiction and nonfiction, often on issues related to women and gender in India. Her works include India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st Century, What Would You Do to Save the World?, The Great Indian Love Story, and There's No Love on Wall Street.

  28. Emily Greene Balch

    Emily Greene Balch
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1867-1961 (aged 94)
    Occupations
    economistpedagogueuniversity teachersociologisttrade unionist
    Biography

    Emily Greene Balch was an American economist, sociologist and pacifist. Balch combined an academic career at Wellesley College with a long-standing interest in social issues such as poverty, child labor, and immigration, as well as settlement work to uplift poor immigrants and reduce juvenile delinquency.

  29. Henrietta H. Fore

    Henrietta H. Fore
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Enrolled in Wellesley College
    1966-1970 graduated with Bachelor of Arts in history, economics, and art
    Occupations
    diplomatenvironmental health officer
    Biography

    Henrietta Holsman Fore is an American public health and international development executive who served as the 7th executive director of UNICEF till January 2022. Fore currently serves as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Holsman International, a manufacturing and investment company. She served in three presidential appointments under President George W. Bush: Fore was the first woman Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development and Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance, the 11th Under Secretary of Management in the Department of State, and the 37th Director of the United States Mint in the U.S. Department of Treasury. She was the presidential appointee for President George H. W. Bush at the United States Agency for International Development.

  30. Judith Martin

    Judith Martin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1938-.. (age 84)
    Occupations
    economistjournalist
    Biography

    Judith Martin, better known by the pen name Miss Manners, is an American columnist, author, and etiquette authority.

  31. Pamela Melroy

    Pamela Melroy
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    military officerastronaut
    Biography

    Pamela Ann Melroy is an American retired United States Air Force officer and NASA astronaut serving as the deputy administrator of NASA. She served as pilot on Space Shuttle missions STS-92 and STS-112 and commanded mission STS-120 before leaving the agency in August 2009. After serving as deputy program manager of Space Exploration Initiatives with Lockheed Martin, Melroy joined the Federal Aviation Administration in 2011, where she was a senior technical advisor and director of field operations for the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

  32. Liz Peek

    Liz Peek
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    broadcasterpolitical punditChartered Financial Analystcolumnist
    Biography

    Liz Peek is an American conservative commentator and business analyst on the finance industry and government.

  33. Joanna Macy

    Joanna Macy
    Years
    1929-.. (age 93)
    Occupations
    writerecologistteacher
    Biography

    Joanna Rogers Macy is an environmental activist, author, and scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. She is the author of twelve books.

  34. Michele J. Sison

    Michele J. Sison
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    diplomatpolitical scientist
    Biography

    Michele Jeanne Sison is an American diplomat and career member of the Senior Foreign Service serving as the assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs. She has previously served in various other diplomatic posts around the world on behalf of the United States, including ambassador to Haiti. Sison holds the personal rank of Career Ambassador.

  35. Diane Ravitch

    Diane Ravitch
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1938-.. (age 84)
    Occupations
    journalisthistorianbloggerpolitical activist
    Biography

    Diane Silvers Ravitch is a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Previously, she was a U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education. In 2010, she became "an activist on behalf of public schools". Her blog at DianeRavitch.net has received more than 36 million page views since she began blogging in 2012. Ravitch writes for the New York Review of Books.

  36. Caroline Rose

    Caroline Rose
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1989-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Caroline Elizabeth Rose is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. After releasing two records of folk and country-inspired music, she released a pop-rock album Loner in 2018. Her most recent album, Superstar, was released on March 6, 2020.

  37. Lizzie Borden

    Lizzie Borden
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    film directorfilm producercamera operatorscreenwriterfilm editor
    Biography

    Lizzie Borden is an American filmmaker, and is best known for the 1983 film Born in Flames.

  38. Isabel Ingram

    Isabel Ingram
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1902-1988 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    missionary
    Biography

    Isabel Ingram Mayer, née Ingram was an American tutor to Wanrong, the Empress Consort of Puyi, the Last Emperor of China.

  39. Desirée Rogers

    Desirée Rogers
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    businesspersonpolitician
    Biography

    Desirée Glapion Rogers is an American corporate executive, former White House Social Secretary for President Barack Obama's office and former chief executive officer of Johnson Publishing Company (JPC). As of 2019, Rogers is the CEO of Black Opal, a cosmetics company.

  40. Wendy Liebman

    Wendy Liebman
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    comediantelevision actorfilm actor
    Biography

    Wendy Liebman is an American stand-up comedian. Her standup style involves the use of gently paced, subtle wordplay.

  41. Angelina Weld Grimké

    Angelina Weld Grimké
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1880-1958 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    journalistpoetwriterplaywrightsuffragist
    Biography

    Angelina Weld Grimké was an American journalist, teacher, playwright, and poet. "Race" was a major issue in her life. By ancestry, Grimké was three-quarters white — the child of a white mother and a half-white father — and considered a "woman of color". She was one of the first American women of color to have a play publicly performed.

  42. Patricia J. Williams

    Patricia J. Williams
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    lawyerjournalist
    Biography

    Patricia J. Williams is an American legal scholar and a proponent of critical race theory, a school of legal thought that emphasizes race as a fundamental determinant of the American legal system.

  43. Robin Chase

    Robin Chase
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Robin Chase is an American transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar. She is also the founder and former CEO of Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer car-sharing service, acquired by Drivy. She also started the defunct GoLoco.org, a vehicle for hire company. She is co-founder and executive chairman of Veniam, a vehicle network communications company. She authored the book, Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism.

  44. Anne W. Patterson

    Anne W. Patterson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    diplomatpolitician
    Biography

    Anne Woods Patterson is an American diplomat and career Foreign Service Officer. She served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs from 2013 to 2017. She previously served as United States Ambassador to Egypt until 2013 and as United States Ambassador to Pakistan from July 2007 to October 2010.

  45. Emily Yoffe

    Emily Yoffe
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    columnist
    Biography

    Emily J. Yoffe is an American journalist and contributing writer for The Atlantic. From 1998 to 2016 she was a regular contributor to Slate magazine, notably as Dear Prudence. She has also written for The New York Times; O, The Oprah Magazine; The Washington Post; Esquire; the Los Angeles Times; Texas Monthly; and many other publications. Yoffe began her career as a staff writer at The New Republic before moving on to other publications.

  46. Jane Bolin

    Jane Bolin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1908-2007 (aged 99)
    Occupations
    lawyerjudge
    Biography

    Jane Matilda Bolin, LL.B. was the first black woman to graduate from Yale Law School, the first to join the New York City Bar Association and the first to join the New York City Law Department. She became the first black woman to serve as a judge in the United States when she was sworn into the bench of the New York City Domestic Relations Court in 1939.

  47. Ernestine Wiedenbach

    Ernestine Wiedenbach
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1900-1998 (aged 98)
    Occupations
    university teacher
    Biography

    Ernestine Wiedenbach was a nursing theorist. Her family emigrated to New York in 1909, where she later received a B.A. from Wellesley College in 1922, an R.N. from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 1925, an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1934, and a certificate in nurse-midwifery from the Maternity Center Association School for Nurse-Midwives in New York in 1946.

  48. Farahnaz Ispahani

    Farahnaz Ispahani
    Born in
    Pakistan Flag Pakistan
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    politicianwriter
    Biography

    Farahnaz Ispahani is a Pakistani-American writer and former politician who served as member of the National Assembly of Pakistan between 2008 and 2012. She is a senior fellow at the Religious Freedom Institute and a member of the Anti-Defamation League Task Force on Middle East Minorities in Washington, D.C.

  49. Kimberly Dozier

    Kimberly Dozier
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    war correspondentjournalist
    Biography

    Kimberly Dozier is a contributing writer to The Daily Beast and a contributor to CNN. She was previously a correspondent for the Associated Press, covering intelligence and counterterrorism, and prior to that, a CBS News correspondent for 17 years based mostly overseas. She was stationed in Baghdad as the chief reporter in Iraq for CBS News for nearly three years prior to being critically wounded on May 29, 2006. She is General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership, at the Army War College, Penn State Law and Dickinson College.

  50. Rita Crocker Clements

    Rita Crocker Clements
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1931-2018 (aged 87)
    Occupations
    First Lady
    Biography

    Rita Crocker Clements was an American Republican Party organizer, an activist in historic preservation, and a First Lady of the U.S. state of Texas.

  51. Edith Abbott

    Edith Abbott
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1876-1957 (aged 81)
    Occupations
    economiststatisticiansocial workerwriter
    Biography

    Edith Abbott was an American economist, statistician, social worker, educator, and author. Abbott was born in Grand Island, Nebraska. Abbott was a pioneer in the profession of social work with an educational background in economics. She was a leading activist in social reform with the ideals that humanitarianism needed to be embedded in education. Abbott was also in charge of implementing social work studies to the graduate level. Though she was met with resistance on her work with social reform at the University of Chicago, she ultimately was successful and was elected as the school's dean in 1924, making her the first female dean in the United States. Abbott was foremost an educator and saw her work as a combination of legal studies and humanitarian work which shows in her social security legislation. She is known as an economist who pursued implementing social work at the graduate level. Her younger sister was Grace Abbott.

  52. Nell Bryden

    Nell Bryden
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    singer-songwriter
    Biography

    Nell Bryden is an American singer-songwriter.

  53. Jean Kilbourne

    Jean Kilbourne
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1943-.. (age 79)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Jean Kilbourne is an American public speaker, writer, filmmaker and activist who is known for her work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. She is also credited with introducing the idea of educating about media literacy as a way to prevent problems she viewed as originating from mass media advertising campaigns. She also lectures about the topic, and her documentaries (such as the Killing Us Softly series) based on these lectures are viewed around the world.

  54. Janet G. Travell

    Janet G. Travell
    Years
    1901-1997 (aged 96)
    Occupations
    physiciancardiologist
    Biography

    Janet Graeme Travell was an American physician and medical researcher.

  55. Katherine Kennicott Davis

    Katherine Kennicott Davis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1892-1980 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    composerlyricisthymnwriter
    Biography

    Katherine Kennicott Davis was an American composer, pianist, arranger, and teacher, whose most well-known composition is the Christmas song “Carol of the Drum,” later known as "The Little Drummer Boy".

  56. Grace Frick

    Grace Frick
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1903-1979 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    translatorteacherresearcher
    Biography

    Grace Marion Frick was a translator and researcher for her lifelong partner French author Marguerite Yourcenar. Grace Frick taught languages at US colleges and was the second academic dean to be appointed to Hartford Junior College.

  57. Hilda Keenan

    Hilda Keenan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1891-1940 (aged 49)
    Occupations
    actorstage actorvaudeville performer
    Biography

    Hilda Keenan was an American actress and vaudeville performer, part of a family of actors including her father Frank Keenan, her husband Ed Wynn, and her son Keenan Wynn.

  58. Hillary Jordan

    Hillary Jordan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    novelist
    Biography

    Hillary Jordan is an American novelist. She grew up in Dallas and Muskogee, Oklahoma and now lives in Brooklyn. She received a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. and has written two novels: Mudbound and When She Woke (2011), and a short story called "Aftermirth". She is currently working on a sequel to Mudbound. She is a 2009 recipient of the Alex Awards.

  59. Persis Drell

    Persis Drell
    Years
    1955-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    physicistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Persis S. Drell is an American physicist best known for her expertise in the field of particle physics. She was the director of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory from 2007 to 2012. She was dean of the Stanford University School of Engineering from 2014 until 2017. Drell became the Provost of Stanford University on February 1, 2017.

  60. Reena Raggi

    Reena Raggi
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    lawyerjudge
    Biography

    Reena Andrea Raggi is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and maintains her chambers in Brooklyn, New York. She was formerly a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

  61. Rebecca Lancefield

    Rebecca Lancefield
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1895-1981 (aged 86)
    Enrolled in Wellesley College
    In 1916 graduated with Bachelor of Arts
    Occupations
    microbiologistuniversity teacherbacteriologistimmunologist
    Biography

    Rebecca Craighill Lancefield was a prominent American microbiologist. She joined the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (now Rockefeller University) in New York in 1918, and was associated with that institute throughout her long and outstanding career. Her bibliography comprises more than 50 publications published over 60 years.

  62. Abigail Harrison

    Abigail Harrison
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1997-.. (age 25)
    Occupations
    science communicatoractivistscuba diver
    Biography

    Abigail Harrison, also known as Astronaut Abby, is an American internet personality and science communicator, particularly in the area of the United States space program. Harrison is the founder and current leader of The Mars Generation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. She is not an astronaut.

  63. Linda Wertheimer

    Linda Wertheimer
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1943-.. (age 79)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Linda Wertheimer is an American radio journalist for NPR. She's considered one of NPR's "Founding Mothers" along with Susan Stamberg, Nina Totenberg and the late Cokie Roberts.

  64. Barbara Goldsmith

    Barbara Goldsmith
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1937-2016 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    essayistjournalistwriterbiographer
    Biography

    Barbara Goldsmith was an American author, journalist, and philanthropist. She received critical and popular acclaim for her best-selling books, essays, articles, and her philanthropic work. She was awarded four honoris causa doctorates, and numerous awards; been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, two Presidential Commissions, and the New York State Council on the Arts; and honored by The New York Public Library Literary Lions as well as the Literacy Volunteers, the American Academy in Rome, The Authors Guild, and the Guild Hall Academy of Arts for Lifetime Achievement. In 2009, she received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit medal from the Republic of Poland. In November 2008, Goldsmith was elected a “Living Landmark” by the New York Landmarks Conservancy. She has three children and six grandchildren. The Financial Times declared that "Goldsmith is leaving a legacy—one of art, literature, friends, family and philanthropy."

  65. Carolina Barco

    Carolina Barco
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    diplomatpolitician
    Biography

    María Carolina Barco Isakson is a Colombian-American diplomat, who has served as Ambassador of Colombia to the United States from 2006 to 2010, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia from 2002 to 2007. She has served as the Colombian ambassador to Spain since October 2018.

  66. Nannerl O. Keohane

    Nannerl O. Keohane
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1940-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    academic
    Biography

    Nannerl "Nan" Overholser Keohane is an American political theorist and former president of Wellesley College and Duke University. Until September 2014, Keohane was the Laurance S. Rockefeller Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. She is now a professor in social sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, where she is researching the theory and practice of leadership in democratic societies.

  67. Betsey Stevenson

    Betsey Stevenson
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    economistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Betsey Ayer Stevenson is an economist and Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Additionally, she is a fellow of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research in Munich, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and servers on the board of the American Economic Association. The Obama Administration announced her appointment as a Member of the Council of Economic Advisers, a post she served from 2013 through 2015. She previously served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor under Secretary Hilda Solis from 2010 to 2011. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor of Business and Public Policy, at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

  68. Lynn Sherr

    Lynn Sherr
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1942-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    biographerjournalistwriter
    Biography

    Lynn Sherr is an American broadcast journalist and author, best known as a correspondent for the ABC news magazine 20/20.

  69. Susan P. Graber

    Susan P. Graber
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    lawyerjudge
    Biography

    Susan Pia Graber is an American attorney and jurist. She is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. A native of Oklahoma, she was the 90th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, and served on the Oregon Court of Appeals.

  70. Malinda Lo

    Malinda Lo
    Years
    1974-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    science fiction writerchildren's writernovelistwriter
    Biography

    Malinda Lo is an American writer of young adult novels including Ash, Huntress, Adaptation, Inheritance, A Line in the Dark, and Last Night at the Telegraph Club. She also does research on diversity in young adult literature and publishing.

  71. Mary Cunningham Agee

    Mary Cunningham Agee
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    business executive
    Biography

    Mary Cunningham Agee is an American business executive and author. She served in the top management of two Fortune 100 companies in the 1980s, one of the first women to do so, and was voted one of the "25 Most Influential Women in America" by World Almanac in 1981 and 1982. Agee is a Managing Partner of the Semper Charitable Foundation and CEO of the family's boutique wine business, Aurea Estate Wines, Inc.

  72. Monica Byrne

    Monica Byrne
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    writerscience fiction writernovelist
    Biography

    Monica Byrne is an American playwright and science fiction author. She is best known for her drama What Every Girl Should Know and her debut novel The Girl in the Road, which won the 2015 James Tiptree, Jr. Award and was nominated for the Locus and Kitschies awards.

  73. Sophonisba Breckinridge

    Sophonisba Breckinridge
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1866-1948 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    lawyeruniversity teachersuffragettepolitical scientistsuffragist
    Biography

    Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge was an American activist, Progressive Era social reformer, social scientist and innovator in higher education. She was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in political science and economics then the J.D. at the University of Chicago, and she was the first woman to pass the Kentucky bar. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent her as a delegate to the 7th Pan-American Conference in Uruguay, making her the first woman to represent the U.S. government at an international conference. She led the process of creating the academic professional discipline and degree for social work.

  74. Ellen Segal Huvelle

    Ellen Segal Huvelle
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    lawyerjudge
    Biography

    Ellen Judith Huvelle is an inactive Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She has overseen several significant cases. In a case decided in May 2001, Huvelle "upheld federal regulations that restrict the sale of consumers' names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses and phone numbers." Later that year, Huvelle heard requests by family members of Vince Foster seeking access to pictures of his body taken after his death. In November 2005, she accepted the guilty plea in the high-profile prosecution of lobbyist Michael Scanlon. Huvelle assumed senior status on June 3, 2014.

  75. Mary Allen Wilkes

    Mary Allen Wilkes
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1937-.. (age 85)
    Occupations
    computer scientistengineerlawyer
    Biography

    Mary Allen Wilkes is a lawyer, former computer programmer and logic designer, known for her work with the LINC computer, now recognized by many as the world's first "personal computer".

  76. Heather Higgins

    Heather Higgins
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    businesspersonpundit
    Biography

    Heather Richardson Higgins is an American businesswoman, political commentator, and non-profit sector executive. She is the CEO of Independent Women's Voice and chairman of its sister organization, Independent Women's Forum.

  77. Mavie Marcos

    Mavie Marcos
    Years
    1978-.. (age 44)
    Occupations
    singer-songwriter
    Biography

    Mavie Marcos is an American singer and songwriter. As part of Andain, Mavie has written songs in partnership with Josh Gabriel since 2001, better known for their early singles "Summer Calling" (2002) and "Beautiful Things" (2003), and the 2012 debut album You Once Told Me. As of July 10, 2014, Mavie has also signed with Black Hole to start off the production of a solo album.

  78. Phyllis Curtin

    Phyllis Curtin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1921-2016 (aged 95)
    Occupations
    singeropera singermusic pedagogueuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Phyllis Curtin was an American soprano and academic teacher who had an active career in operas and concerts from the early 1950s through the 1980s. She is known for her creation of roles in operas by Carlisle Floyd, such as the title role in Susannah and Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights. She was a dedicated song recitalist, who retired from singing in 1984. She was named Boston University's Dean Emerita, College of Fine Arts in 1991.

  79. Jane Mansbridge

    Jane Mansbridge
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1939-.. (age 83)
    Occupations
    philosopheruniversity teacherpolitical scientist
    Biography

    Jane Jebb Mansbridge is an American political scientist. She is the Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

  80. Sheila Connolly

    Sheila Connolly
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1950-2020 (aged 70)
    Occupations
    novelist
    Biography

    Sheila Connolly is a mystery writer and author of three mystery series published by Berkley Prime Crime.

  81. Asma Gull Hasan

    Asma Gull Hasan
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1974-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Asma Gull Hasan is an American writer. Her work includes the book Red, White, and Muslim, a biographical view of growing up as an American Muslim. She is the daughter of Pakistani immigrants, born in Chicago, United States and raised in Pueblo, Colorado.

  82. Lorraine O'Grady

    Lorraine O'Grady
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1934-.. (age 88)
    Occupations
    photographerperformance artistconceptual artistvideo artist
    Biography

    Lorraine O'Grady is an American artist, writer, translator, and critic. Working in conceptual art and performance art that integrates photo and video installation, she explores the cultural construction of identity – particularly that of Black female subjectivity – as shaped by the experience of diaspora and hybridity. O'Grady studied at Wellesley College and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop before becoming an artist at age forty-five. Regarding the purpose of art, O'Grady said in 2016: "I think art’s first goal is to remind us that we are human, whatever that is. I suppose the politics in my art could be to remind us that we are all human."

  83. Emily Wei Rales

    Emily Wei Rales
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    curatorart historianart collectormuseum director
    Biography

    Emily Wei Rales is a Canadian-born art curator. Rales is the director and chief curator of Glenstone, a museum she maintains along with her husband, Mitchell Rales.

  84. Katie Johnson

    Katie Johnson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Katherine B. Johnson served as the personal secretary to United States President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011.

  85. Jo Duffy

    Jo Duffy
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    authorcomics writer
    Biography

    Mary Jo Duffy is an American comic book editor and writer, known for her work for Marvel Comics in the 1980s and DC Comics and Image Comics in the 1990s.

  86. Colette Flesch

    Colette Flesch
    Born in
    Luxembourg Flag Luxembourg
    Years
    1937-.. (age 85)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomatfencer
    Biography

    Colette Flesch is a Luxembourgish politician and former fencer.

  87. Ruth Rowland Nichols

    Ruth Rowland Nichols
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1901-1960 (aged 59)
    Occupations
    aircraft pilot
    Biography

    Ruth Rowland Nichols was an American aviation pioneer. She is the only woman yet to hold simultaneous world records for speed, altitude, and distance for a female pilot.

  88. Harriet Parsons

    Harriet Parsons
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1906-1983 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    film producer
    Biography

    Harriet Oettinger Parsons was an American film producer, actress, director, and magazine writer; one of the few female producers in the United States at the time. Her mother was famed gossip columnist Louella Parsons.

  89. Shirley Young

    Shirley Young
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1935-2020 (aged 85)
    Occupations
    businesspersonbusiness executive
    Biography

    Shirley Young was an American businesswoman. She was an executive at Grey Advertising and later at General Motors (GM). She was also a cultural ambassador between the United States and China.

  90. Isheau Wong

    Isheau Wong
    Years
    1989-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    equestrian
    Biography

    Wong I-sheau is a Taiwanese equestrian who competes in show jumping. She represented Chinese Taipei at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she competed in the Equestrian Jumping Individual event. She finished in 68th place. Wong was the flagbearer for the Chinese Taipei Olympic Team in the 2016 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations. She is the first athlete to compete in the Equestrian events in the history of the country.

  91. Diana DiZoglio

    Diana DiZoglio
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1983-.. (age 39)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Diana DiZoglio is an American politician who has represented the 1st Essex District in the Massachusetts Senate since January 2019. The district includes her home city of Methuen as well as Newburyport, Haverhill, Merrimac, Amesbury, Salisbury, and four of eight precincts in North Andover.

  92. Carol Meyers

    Carol Meyers
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1942-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    anthropologistuniversity teacherarchaeologisttranslatorBible translator
    Biography

    Carol Lyons Meyers is an American feminist biblical scholar. She is the Mary Grace Wilson Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Duke University. Meyers' field of research is focused on biblical studies, archaeology in the Middle East, and the study of women in the biblical world.

  93. Marjorie Grene

    Marjorie Grene
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1910-2009 (aged 99)
    Occupations
    writerphilosopheruniversity teacherbiologist
    Biography

    Marjorie Glicksman Grene was an American philosopher. She wrote both on existentialism and the philosophy of science, especially the philosophy of biology. She taught at the University of California at Davis from 1965 to 1978. From 1988 until her death she was Honorary University Distinguished Professor of philosophy at Virginia Tech.

  94. Callie Crossley

    Callie Crossley
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    film producerfilm directorjournalistradio personality
    Biography

    Callie Crossley is an American broadcast journalist and radio presenter in the Boston area.

  95. Mary Haskell

    Mary Haskell
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1873-1964 (aged 91)
    Biography

    Mary Elizabeth Haskell, later Minis, was an American educator, best known for having been the benefactress of Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist Kahlil Gibran.

  96. Amy Chu

    Amy Chu
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1968-.. (age 54)
    Occupations
    comics writer
    Biography

    Amy Chu is a comic book author who runs the comic imprint Alpha Girl Comics as well as writing comics for other publishers. She wrote the six-issue miniseries Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death and a few Wonder Woman issues for DC.

  97. Harriette L. Chandler

    Harriette L. Chandler
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1937-.. (age 85)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Harriette L. Chandler is an American politician who was the 94th President of the Massachusetts Senate and the Massachusetts State Senator for the 1st Worcester district, which includes parts of the city of Worcester, where she resides, and the towns of Boylston, Holden, Princeton, and West Boylston, and parts of Clinton and Northborough. She is a Democrat who has served since January 2001. From 1995 to 2001 she was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Prior to serving in the Massachusetts legislature, she was a member of the Worcester school committee from 1991 to 1994. She is the first woman from Worcester ever to be elected to the Massachusetts Senate.

  98. Melissa Ludtke

    Melissa Ludtke
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    journalistsportswriter
    Biography

    Melissa Ludtke is an American journalist. In 1978, as a young sports journalist, Ludtke won a lawsuit for the right to be allowed in Major League Baseball locker rooms.

  99. Abigail Thompson

    Abigail Thompson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1958-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    mathematician
    Biography

    Abigail A. Thompson is an American mathematician. She works as a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Davis, where she specializes in knot theory and low-dimensional topology.

  100. Mai-Mai Sze

    Mai-Mai Sze
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1909-1992 (aged 83)
    Occupations
    paintertranslator
    Biography

    Yuen Tsung Sze, known professionally as Mai-mai Sze, was a Chinese-American painter and writer. The Bollingen Foundation first published her translation of the Jieziyuan Huazhuan or The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting with her commentary in 1956.