American Female Human Rights Activists

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Nazanin Boniadi
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Birthdate: May 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Nazanin Boniadi is an Iran-born English actress and activist best known for her portrayal of Nora in the popular American sitcom How I Met Your Mother. She has also played important roles in several other American television series like Homeland and Counterpart. From 2009 to 2015, Nazanin Boniadi served as a spokesperson for the popular non-governmental organization Amnesty International.

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Jane Elliott
(Schoolteacher)

Jane Elliott
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Birthdate: May 27, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Riceville, Iowa, United States

Jane Elliott is an American schoolteacher best known for inventing and popularizing the Blue eyes/Brown eyes exercise. The exercise, which was first conducted on April 5, 1968, with her third-grade class, aims at helping people understand the ill-effects of racial discrimination. The classroom exercise has inspired a couple of documentaries namely The Eye of the Storm and The Angry Eye.  

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Melissa Mathison
(Screenwriter)

Melissa Mathison
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Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 4, 2015

Melissa Mathison was a screenwriter and an activist for the Tibetan independence movement. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, for a while but quit before graduating. She was acquainted with Francis Ford Coppola who encouraged her to pursue a screenwriting career. She was once married to actor, Harrison Ford, and had two children.

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Yolanda King
(Human rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter)

Yolanda King
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Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: May 15, 2007

African American activist, Yolanda King, was the first-born child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Exposed to social justice activism at a young age, she grew up to be an outspoken supporter of civil rights and LGBTQA+ rights. She was also known for her artistic endeavors. She died of heart disease at 51. 

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Clara Barton
(Nurse, Founded of the American Red Cross)

Clara Barton
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Birthdate: December 25, 1821
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oxford, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 12, 1912

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Gloria Allred
(Attorney)

Gloria Allred
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Birthdate: July 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Lorraine Hansberry
(Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Human rights activist)

Lorraine Hansberry
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Birthdate: May 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 12, 1965

Lorraine Hansberry was a writer and playwright best remembered for her play A Raisin in the Sun which emphasizes the plight of African-Americans living under racial segregation. At the age of 29, Lorraine Hansberry received the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, becoming the youngest playwright and the first African-American dramatist to win the prestigious award.

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Zelda Rubinstein
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Birthdate: May 28, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: January 27, 2010

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Opal Tometi
(Activist)

Opal Tometi
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Birthdate: August 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Opal Tometi is an American writer, human rights activist, community organizer, and strategist. She is best known as a co-founder of the popular decentralized social and political movement Black Lives Matter (BLM). In 2017, Opal Tometi was honored with the prestigious Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award. In 2020, she was named in the 100 Most Influential People list by Time magazine.

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Kerry Kennedy
(Human rights activist)

Kerry Kennedy
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Birthdate: September 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

The daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy serves as a human rights activist. She is the president of a non-profit organization called Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, which advocates human rights. Over the years, Kerry Kennedy has worked in over 60 countries on various human rights issues like child labor, ethnic violence, indigenous land rights, and freedom of expression.

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Ella Baker
(American activist)

Ella Baker
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Birthdate: December 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: December 13, 1986

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Lady Miss Kier
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Birthdate: August 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, USA

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Iris Chang
(Journalist)

Iris Chang
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Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 9, 2004

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Michelle Alexander
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Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Shiva Rose
(Actress)

Shiva Rose
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Birthdate: February 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

Shiva Rose is an American actress, blogger, activist, and entrepreneur. Apart from her movies, Shiva Rose is also known for her activism. While she was still studying at the University of California, Los Angeles, she founded a program called Resource to feed the homeless. She also sponsors an organization named Violence Intervention Program (VIP) that helps abused children.

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Sister Helen Prejean
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Birthdate: April 21, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

A leading advocate for abolition of death penalty, Roman Catholic sister, Helen Prejea,n started her campaign after she became spiritual guide for a death row convict, penning down her experience in her best-selling book, Dead Man Walking. Also the founder of SURVIVE, a group aimed at helping the families of the victims, she has since been giving talks across USA.     

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Angelina Grimke
(Abolitionist, Women's Rights Activist)

Angelina Grimke
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Birthdate: February 20, 1805
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Died: October 26, 1879

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Loung Ung
(Memoirist who wrote two books which related her life experiences from 1975 through 2003)

Loung Ung
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Birthdate: November 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Ophelia Dahl
(Social justice and health care advocate)

Ophelia Dahl
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Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oxford, England

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Kati Marton
(Writer)

Kati Marton
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Birthdate: April 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

New York Times bestselling Hungarian-American author Kati Marton was born to reporter parents who had survived the Holocaust. She has previously been an award-winning correspondent for NPR and the bureau chief of ABC News in Germany. Her best-known works include True Believer and Enemies of the People.

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Diane Nash
(Human rights activist)

Diane Nash
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Birthdate: May 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Gerda Weissmann Klein
(Writer, Human rights activist)

Gerda Weissmann Klein
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Birthdate: May 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bielsko, Poland

Gerda Weissmann Klein is a Polish American writer. She survived the Holocaust in which her entire family perished. Later on, she wrote an autobiographical account of the Holocaust, All but My Life, which was adapted into a short film. She and her husband became advocates of Holocaust education. She was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

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Noura Erakat
(Human rights activist)

Noura Erakat
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Birthdate: January 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alameda County, California, United States

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Mia Farrow
(Actress, Human Rights Activist)

Mia Farrow
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Birthdate: February 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Mia Farrow is one of the most decorated actresses of her generation. She is the first American actress to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. Apart from being an actress, she is also known for her humanitarian activities, especially in African countries. A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Mia was named in Time magazine's most influential people in the world list in 2008.

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Lillian Wald
(Nurse, Humanitarian)

Lillian Wald
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Birthdate: March 10, 1867
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: September 1, 1940

Shirley Graham Du Bois
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Birthdate: November 11, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: March 27, 1977

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Frances Lear
(Activist)

Frances Lear
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Birthdate: July 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hudson, New York, United States
Died: September 30, 1996

Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan
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Birthdate: August 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

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Maggie Kuhn
(Activist)

Maggie Kuhn
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Birthdate: August 3, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: April 22, 1995

Charlotte Forten Grimké
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Birthdate: August 17, 1837
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: July 23, 1914

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Alison Des Forges
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Birthdate: August 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: February 12, 2009

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Clemantine Wamariya
(Writer, Motivational speaker)

Clemantine Wamariya
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Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: Kigali, Rwanda

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Eliza Farnham
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Birthdate: November 17, 1815
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rensselaer, New York, United States
Died: December 15, 1864

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Madeline McDowell Breckinridge
(Human Rights Activist)

Madeline McDowell Breckinridge
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Birthdate: May 20, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Franklin County, Kentucky, United States
Died: November 25, 1920

Madeline McDowell Breckinridge is best remembered for leading the women's suffrage movement in Kentucky. Mostly involved with campaigns related to children’s and women’s rights, she also established the Lexington Civic League, geared toward controlling child labor and upliftment of poor children. She was also associated with efforts to prevent tuberculosis.

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Mary Hunt
(Activist)

Mary Hunt
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Birthdate: 1830 AD
Birthplace: South Canaan, Connecticut, United States
Died: 1906 AD

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Fannie Barrier Williams
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Birthdate: February 12, 1855
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brockport, New York, United States
Died: March 4, 1944

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Maria Weston Chapman
(Abolitionist)

Maria Weston Chapman
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Birthdate: July 25, 1806
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 12, 1885

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Willie Barrow
(Clergywoman)

Willie Barrow
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Birthdate: December 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Burton, Texas, United States
Died: March 12, 2015

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Ann Preston
(Physician)

Ann Preston
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Birthdate: December 1, 1813
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: West Grove, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 18, 1872

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Anna Adams Gordon
(Songwriter)

Anna Adams Gordon
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Birthdate: July 21, 1853
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 15, 1931

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Caroline Severance
(Social reformer)

Caroline Severance
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Birthdate: 1820 AD
Birthplace: Canandaigua, New York, United States
Died: November 10, 1914

Reformer Caroline Severance is best known for establishing women’s clubs in the US. A champion for women’s rights and women’s suffrage, she was also an abolitionist. Along with her husband, she formed the Independent Christian Church. She was also the first female to join the Parker Fraternity Course.

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Helen Marot
(Writer)

Helen Marot
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Birthdate: June 9, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 3, 1940

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Mildred Loving
(Civil Rights Activist)

Mildred Loving
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Birthdate: June 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Central Point, Virginia, United States
Died: May 2, 2008