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This is a list in alphabetical order of notable women, both past and present, based on a variety of sources (see below). It is still being developed and expanded. Further lists by continent or country are under consideration.

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  1. Jane Addams (1860–1935), pioneering American social worker and women's rights activist
  2. Marie Antoinette (1755–1793), Austrian-born Queen Consort of France
  3. Corazon Aquino (1933–2009), Filipina politician, President of the Philippines
  4. Anna Atkins (1799–1871), early English photographer
  5. Aung San Suu Kyi (born 1945), Burmese politician, State Counsellor of Myanmar
  6. Jane Austen (1775–1817), English novelist
  7. Josephine Baker (1906–1975), American vaudeville dancer and entertainer
  8. Sirimavo Bandaranaike (1916–2000), Sri Lankan politician, modern world's first female head of government
  9. Mary Barra (born 1961), American business executive, CEO of General Motors Company
  10. Simone de Beauvoir (1908–1968), French philosopher and writer
  11. Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), English traveller, explorer and administrator
  12. Sarah Bernhardt (1844–1923), French actress
  13. Annie Besant (1847–1933), British women's rights activist, writer and orator
  14. Liliane Bettencourt (1922–2017), French businesswoman, world's richest woman
  15. Benazir Bhutto (1953–2007), Pakistani politician
  16. Helena Blavatsky (1831–1891), Russian occultist
  17. Karen Blixen (1885–1962), Danish writer
  18. Enid Blyton (1897–1968), English children's writer
  19. Boudica (died ca, 60 AD), leader of the early Britons
  20. Charlotte Brontë (1816–1855), English novelist
  21. Gro Harlem Brundtland (born 1939), Norwegian politician, Prime Minister of Norway
  22. Carla Bruni (born 1967), Italian-French singer and songwriter, First Lady of the French Republic
  23. Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973), American novelist, Nobel Literature laureate
  24. Maria Callas (1923–1977), Greek-American soprano opera singer
  25. Catherine the Great (1728–1796), Empress of Russia
  26. Coco Chanel (1883–1971), French fashion designer and businesswoman
  27. Eileen Chang (1920–1995), Chinese writer
  28. Agatha Christie (1890–1976), English crime novelist and playwright
  29. Cleopatra (69–30 BC), Egyptian ruler
  30. Hillary Clinton (born 1947), American politician
  31. Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651–1695), Mexican nun, writer and philosopher
  32. Marie Curie (1867–1934), Polish-French physicist and chemist
  33. Princess Diana (1961–1997), British Princess of Wales
  34. Marlene Dietrich (1901–1992), German-American actress and singer
  35. Isadora Duncan (1877–1878), American modern dancer
  36. Amelia Earhart (1897–1937), pioneering American aviator
  37. Shirin Ebadi (born 1947), Iranian lawyer and human rights activist
  38. Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122–1204), Queen Consort of France and later of England
  39. Elizabeth I (1533–1603), Queen of England and Ireland
  40. Elisabeth II (born 1926), Queen of the United Kingdom, Head of the Commonwealth
  41. Cesária Évora (1941–2011), Cape Verdean morna singer
  42. Renée Fleming (born 1959), American soprano opera singer
  43. Margot Fonteyn (1919–1991), English ballet dancer
  44. Anne Frank (1929–1945), Dutch Jewish diarist
  45. Aretha Franklin (1942-2018), American singer and songwriter
  46. Rosalind Franklin (1920–1958), English chemist and X-ray crystallographer
  47. Indira Gandhi (1917–1984), Indian politician
  48. Sonia Gandhi (born 1946), Italian-born Indian politician
  49. Melinda Gates (born 1964), co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  50. Zaha Hadid (1950–2016), Iraqi-British architect
  51. Mata Hari (1876–1917), Dutch exotic dancer, executed for spying
  52. Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993), British film actress
  53. Caroline Herschel (1750–1848), German astronomer
  54. Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179), German abbess, writer and visionary
  55. Dorothy Hodgkin (1910–1994), British chemist and Nobel chemistry prize winner
  56. Grace Hopper (1906–1992), American computer scientist
  57. Hypatia of Alexandria (ca. 350–415), Greek mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and educator
  58. Michaëlle Jean (born 1957), Canadian stateswoman
  59. Joan of Arc (1412–1431), French heroine
  60. Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), Mexican painter
  61. Helen Keller (1880–1968), deaf-blind American writer and political activist
  62. Grace Kelly (1929–1982), American actress and Princess of Monaco
  63. Billie Jean King (born 1943), American tennis player and gender equality activist
  64. Melanie Klein (1882–1960), Austrian-British psychoanalyst
  65. Umm Kulthum (1898–1975), Egyptian singer and actress
  66. Yayoi Kusama (born 1929), Japanese artist, avant-garde painter and writer
  67. Christine Lagarde (born 1956), French politician, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  68. Estée Lauder (1908–2004), American businesswoman specializing in cosmetics
  69. Jenny Lind (1820–1887), Swedish opera singer
  70. Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002), Swedish children's writer
  71. Audre Lorde (1934–1992), American writer, feminist and civil rights activist
  72. Ada Lovelace (1815–1852), English mathematician
  73. Ida Lupino (1918–1995), Anglo-American actress, singer and film director
  74. Rosa Luxemburg (1871–1919), Polish-German socialist politician
  75. Wangari Maathai (1940–2011), Kenyan political activist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  76. Madonna (born 1958), American singer and actress
  77. Miriam Makeba (1932–2008), South African musician and civil rights activist
  78. Mary Magdalene (1st century AD), biblical figure, follower of Jesus
  79. Winnie Mandela (born 1936), South African politician
  80. Margaret Mead (1901–1978), American cultural anthopologist
  81. Catherine de' Medici (1519–1589), Italian noblewoman, influential queen consort of France
  82. Meera (1498–1546), Indian Hindu mystic
  83. Golda Meir (1917–1956), Israeli politician, Prime Minister of Israel
  84. Rigoberta Menchú (born 1959), Guatemalan civil and women's rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize lauteate
  85. Angela Merkel (born 1954), German politician
  86. Lise Meitner (1878–1968), Austrian-Swedish nuclear physicist
  87. Lee Miller (1907–1977), American photographer and war correspondent
  88. Maria Montessori (1870–1952), Italian physician and educator
  89. Berthe Morisot (1841–1895), French impressionist painter
  90. Alice Munro (born 1931), Canadian short story writer
  91. Murasaki Shikibu (ca. 973–1014), Japanese novelist
  92. Nefertiti (ca. 1370–1330), Egytian queen
  93. Florence Nightingale (1820–1910), English social reformer, founder of modern nursing
  94. Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba (1583-1663), Angolan queen of the Mbundu people
  95. Georgia O'Keeffe (1887–1986), American modernist artist
  96. Michelle Obama (born 1964), American lawyer, First Lady of the United States
  97. Olympe de Gouges (1748–1793), French playwright, political activist and feminist
  98. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929–1994), First Lady of the United States
  99. Camille Paglia (born 1947), American academic and social critic
  100. Anna Pavlova (1881–1931), Russian ballet dancer
  101. Édith Piaf (1915–1963), French cabaret singer and songwriter
  102. Rosa Parks (1913–2005), American civil rights activist
  103. Eva Perón (1919–1952), First Lady of Argentina
  104. Jiang Qing (1914–1991), Chinese politician, active in the Cultural Revolution
  105. Qiu Jin (1875–1907), Chinese feminist, revolutionary and writer
  106. Ayn Rand (1905–1882), Russian-American writer
  107. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (1900–1978), Nigerian political campaigner and women's rights activist
  108. Leni Riefenstahl (1902–2003), German film director, screenwriter and actress
  109. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962), American politician, activist and First Lady
  110. Dilma Rousseff (born 1974), Brazilian economist, former President of Brazil
  111. J. K. Rowling (born 1965), British novelist, writer of the Harry Potter series
  112. Sheryl Sandberg (born 1969), American technology executive
  113. Margaret Sanger (1879–1966), American birth control activist
  114. Sappho (630–570 BC), ancient Greek poet
  115. Clara Schumann (1819–1896), German musician and composer
  116. Irena Sendler (1910–2008), Polish nurse, social worker and Jewish resistance leader
  117. Mary Shelley (1797–1851), English novelist
  118. Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (born 1942), Icelandic politician, world's first openly lesbian head of government
  119. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 1938), President of Liberia
  120. Soong Ching-ling (1893–1981), Chinese politician
  121. Gloria Steinem (born 1934), American feminist leader
  122. Meryl Streep (born 1949), American actress
  123. Joan Sutherland (1926–2010), Australian colatura soprano
  124. Kiri Te Kanawa (born 1944), New Zealand soprano
  125. Mother Teresa (1910–1997), Albanian-Indian nun and missionary
  126. Valentina Tereshkova (born 1937), Russian cosmonaut, first woman in space
  127. Margaret Thatcher (1925–2013), British politician
  128. Margrethe Vestager (born 1968), Danish politician, European Commissioner for Competition
  129. Queen Victoria (1819–1901), Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
  130. Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797), English philosopher and women's rights advocate
  131. Virginia Woolf (1882–1941), English modernist writer
  132. Janet Yellen (born 1946), American economist, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  133. Malala Yousafzai (born 1997), Pakistani women's education activist, Nobel Prize laureate

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