Women Leaders

Household names, experts, advocates, award winners...Wellesley women.

If you go to Wellesley, you immediately share something in common with these women.

Alumnae Dating Back to 1880

  • Madeleine Korbel Albright - 1959 - Former U.S. Secretary of State; former U.S. ambassador; Wellesley's 2007 commencement speaker; founded Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs
  • Katharine Lee Bates - 1880 - Author of the anthem “America the Beautiful”
  • JudyAnn Bigby - 1973 - President's Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health
  • Marian Burros - 1954New York Times food columnist and cookbook author
  • Michelle Caruso-Cabrera - 1991 - CNBC host and anchor; named one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanic Women in America"
  • Robin Chase - 1980 - Cofounder and former CEO of Zipcar
  • Madame Chiang Kai-shek - 1917 - Former first lady of the Republic of China
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton - 1969 - U.S. senator from New York; former first lady; 2008 presidential candidate; U.S. Secretary of State
  • Kathryn Wasserman Davis - 1928 - Russian scholar, philanthropist
  • Alecia DeCoudreaux - 1976 - President, Mills College
  • Marjory Stoneman Douglas - 1912 - Champion of the Everglades and founder of Florida's environmental movement
  • Persis S. Drell - 1977 - Physicist and director of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; named one of the "50 Most Important Women in Science" by Discover Magazine
  • Nora Ephron - 1962 - Film director, producer, screenwriter, novelist, and blogger
  • Laurie (1992and Michele Geronimo (1997) - Cofounders of Secure Sponsorship
  • Ellen Rubin Gordon - 1952 - President and COO, Tootsie Roll Industries
  • Heidi Howkins - 1989 - Professional mountain climber/expedition leader
  • Rosemary Jordano - 1984 - Founder of ChildrenFirst, provider of backup childcare for corporations
  • Lois Juliber - 1971 - Retired vice chairman and former COO, Colgate-Palmolive Company; named one of the “Top 25 Managers in the U.S.” by BusinessWeek magazine
  • Amalya L. Kearse - 1959 - Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, New York; first African American woman to serve on the Second Circuit Court
  • Nannerl Overholser Keohane - 1961 - Former president, Duke University and Wellesley College; professor of political science, focusing on political philosophy, feminism, and education
  • In Ho Lee - 1960 - First female ambassador in Korean history (in Finland and Russia); president of the Korea Foundation; renowned foreign affairs expert
  • Ellen Levine - 1964 - Editor-in-Chief, Good Housekeeping magazine
  • Ali MacGraw - 1960 - Academy Award–nominated actress
  • Judith Pearlman Martin - 1959 - Syndicated columnist and author “Miss Manners”
  • Nergis Mavalvala - 1990 - Quantum astrophysicist; MacArthur "genius award" recipient
  • Pamela Melroy - 1983 - Former astronaut/NASA Space Shuttle pilot and commander; currently serves on the Wellesley College Board of Trustees
  • Chirlane McCray - 1976 -  Poet, activist, public servant
  • Geneva Overholser - 1970 - Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist
  • Anne Patterson - 1973 - recent U.S. ambassador to Pakistan; considered the second most powerful woman in U.S. diplomacy, after Secretary of State Clinton
  • Vivian Pinn, M.D. - 1962 - Director of research on women's health at the National Institutes of Health
  • Jennifer Eplett Reilly - 1985 - Cofounder of City Year
  • Sonya Rhee - 1998 - Documentary filmmaker (shown on PBS and in film festivals)
  • Cokie Roberts - 1964 - ABC News correspondent; National Public Radio senior news analyst; Edward R. Murrow Award winner
  • Desiree Rogers - 1981 - CEO of Johnson Publishing; named one of the 50 most powerful African-American women in business by Black Enterprise and one of the "Top 25 Women to Watch" by Crain's Chicago Business
  • Diane Sawyer - 1967 - Television broadcast journalist (ABC and CBS)
  • Susan Sheehan - 1958 - Pulitzer Prize–winning author; staff writer for The New Yorker
  • Lynn Sherr - 1963 - Emmy Award–winning ABC 20/20 news correspondent; serves on the Wellesley College Board of Trustees
  • Cathy Simon - 1965 - Founder and principal of an all-women architectural firm, SMWM
  • Susan L. Wagner - 1982 - Cofounder and director of BlackRock
  • Joan Wallace-Benjamin - 1975 - CEO of The Home for Little Wanderers
  • Lori Wallach - 1986 - Director, Public Citizens’ Global Trade Watch
  • Lulu Chow Wang - 1966 - founder of Tupelo Capital Management
  • Linda Wertheimer - 1965 - Award–winning National Public Radio (NPR) senior national correspondent; former host of NPR’s All Things Considered, currently on the Wellesley College Board of Trustees
  • Bing Xin - 1926 (master's degree) - Chinese poet, essayist, short-story writer

Young Alums


Fazeelat Aslam '07 - Coproducer of Saving Face, winner 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary

 

Anya Corke '13 - Woman Grandmaster chess player

 


Halimatou Hima Moussa Dioula '10 - Master of Public Policy candidate, Kennedy School of Government
 

Diana DiZoglio '10 - state rep to Massachusetts Legislature
 


Regina Edifor '09 - Master of Public Health, Yale School of Public Health

 

Mimi Kessler '01 -  Arizona State University Ph.D. (bio) candidate; leader, Central Asian Great Bustard Project

 

Ioana Petrescu '03 - minister of finance, Romania

 

Suz Slezak '03 - musician, David Wax Museum

 

Charlene Wang '03 - entrepreneur and tea expert, Tranquil Tuesdays

 

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