Notable Girls’ School Alumnae


Girls’ school graduates are exceptional and include ambassadors, U.S. Senators, world-class athletes, journalists, CEOs, GRAMMY Award-winning musicians, and Academy Award-winning actors. Here are just some of the incredible women who attended NCGS member schools:

Athletics

Tracy Caulkins, three-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time World Champion swimmer, Harpeth Hall (Nashville, TN)

Kate Grace, professional runner and member of Team U.S.A. 2016 Summer Olympics, Marlborough School (Los Angeles, CA)

Katie Ledecky, five-time Olympic gold medalist and 14-time World Champion swimmer, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (Bethesda, MD)

Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, and U.S. Women’s National Team soccer player, Our Lady of Mercy School for Young Women (Rochester, NY)

Business/Economics

Adena Friedman, Nasdaq CEO and President, Roland Park Country Day (Baltimore, MD)

Sallie L. Krawcheck, CEO and Co-Founder, Ellevest and former CEO, Smith Barney, Ashley Hall (Charleston, SC)

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Holton-Arms School (Bethesda, MD)

Marne Levine, COO of Instagram, Laurel School (Shaker Heights, OH)

Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Founders of the fashion label Rodarte, Alverno Heights Academy (Sierra Madre, CA)

Susan O’Day, EVP and CIO, Walt Disney Company, Miss Hall’s School (Pittsfield, MA)

Entertainment

Anne Archer, Academy Award-nominated actress, Marlborough School (Los Angeles, CA)

Ava DuVernay, Academy Award-nominated director and screenwriter, Saint Joseph High School (Lakewood, CA)

Jane Fonda, two-time Academy Award-winning actress, recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, and political activist, Emma Willard School (Troy, NY)

Amy Grant, GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning singer and songwriter, Harpeth Hall (Nashville, TN)

Margaret Hamilton, actress, Hathaway Brown School (Shaker Heights, OH)

Téa Leoni, actress and producer, Brearley School (New York, NY)

Lisa LoebGRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter and actress, The Hockaday School (Dallas, TX)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress, comedian, producer, and recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Holton-Arms School (Bethesda, MD)

Gwyneth Paltrow, Academy Award-winning actress, Spence School (New York, NY)

Minnie Pearl, comedian, Harpeth Hall (Nashville, TN)

Kerry Washington, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, Spence School (New York, NY)

Sigourney Weaver, Golden Globe Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actress, Chapin School (New York, NY)

Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, Harpeth Hall (Nashville, TN)

Philanthropy/Activism

Melinda Gates, philanthropist, Ursuline Academy of Dallas (Dallas, TX)

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, leading figure of the early women’s rights movement, Troy Female Seminary [now Emma Willard School] (Troy, NY)

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, UN Women advocate, Immaculate Heart High School (Los Angeles, CA)

Politics/Government

Geraldine Ferraro, first woman to run for U.S. Vice President, Marymount School (New York, NY)

Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. House of Representatives-NY and U.S. Senator-NY, Emma Willard School (Troy, NY)

Marcy Kaptur, U.S. House of Representatives-OH, St. Ursula Academy (Toledo, OH)

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Former U.S. First Lady, Chapin School (New York, NY) and Miss Porter’s School (Farmington, CT)

Mary Landrieu, U.S. Senator-LA, Ursuline Academy (New Orleans, LA)

Martha McSally, retired Colonel U.S. Air Force and U.S. House of Representatives-AZ, St. Mary Academy—Bay View (Riverside, RI)

Shelley Moore Capito, U.S. Senator-WV, Holton-Arms School (Bethesda, MD)

Amata Radewagen, U.S. House of Representatives-American Samoa, Sacred Hearts Academy, (Honolulu, HI)

Condoleezza Rice, 66thU.S. Secretary of State, St. Mary’s Academy (Englewood, CO)

Susan Rice, 24thU.S. National Security Advisor and 27thU.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, National Cathedral School (Washington, DC)

Lucille Roybal-Allard, U.S. House of Representatives-CA, Ramona Convent Secondary School (Alhambra, CA)

Elissa Slotkin, U.S. House of Representatives-MI, Cranbrook Schools (Bloomfield Hills, MI)

Jackie Speier, U.S. House of Representatives-CA, Mercy High School (Burlingame, CA)

Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey, Chapin School (New York, NY)

Journalism/Literature

Katie Couric, first female to solo anchor CBS Evening News, Spence School (New York, NY)

Annie Dillard, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, The Ellis School (Pittsburgh, PA)

Christina Lamb, author and foreign correspondent, Nonsuch High School for Girls (Surrey, UK)

Cokie Roberts, NPR journalist, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (Bethesda, MD)

Maria Shriver, author, journalist, and former First Lady of California, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart (Bethesda, MD)

Meredith Vieira, journalist and talk show host known for The View and TODAY, Lincoln School (Providence, RI)