American Female Political Activists

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 1 Helen Keller

Helen Keller.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 27, 1880
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States
Died: June 1, 1968

A prolific author, having written 12 published books and several articles, Helen Keller was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her autobiography, The Story of My Life, made Keller famous and was adapted for film and stage. She was also an activist and campaigned for women's suffrage, labour rights, socialism and other such causes.

 2 Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman.
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: February 29, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dorchester County, Maryland, United States
Died: March 10, 1913

Born to parents who were bonded slaves, Harriet Tubman life was a difficult one from the very beginning. Yet with her remarkable courage and determination, she not only escaped slavery herself, but also led other enslaved people to freedom. The prominent political activist and abolitionist was also the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the American Civil War.

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 3 Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kew Gardens, New York, United States

Fran Drescher is an American actress and comedian. Characterized by her thick New York accent and nasal voice, Fran Drescher serves as an inspiration to many cancer patients as she successfully fought off the disease after suffering from uterine cancer. She is also an outspoken LGBT rights activist and healthcare advocate.

 4 Angela Davis

Angela Davis.
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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: January 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham

Activist, philosopher, academic and author, Angela Davis is a founding member of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS). She has worked in the areas of feminism, class, race and the US prison system. She has also received criticism for supporting the erstwhile Soviet Union and has been accused of supporting political violence.

 5 Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Alfre Woodard is an American actress. Considered one of the most accomplished and versatile actresses of her generation, Woodard was named in The New York Times' The 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century list in 2020. Also a political activist, Woodard is credited with founding Artists for a New South Africa, which aims at advancing equality in South Africa.

 6 Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly
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Famous As: Radio personality, Lawyer, Political activist, Journalist
Birthdate: August 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: September 5, 2016

 7 Omarosa Manigault

Omarosa Manigault
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Famous As: Writers
Birthdate: February 15, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, United States
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 8 Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York, USA

 9 Kennedy Montgomery

Kennedy Montgomery.
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: September 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Political commentator and host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, began her career as MTV VJ “Kennedy” on the alternative rock shows 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation. She has authored two books and has also hosted Fox network shows such as Kennedy and Outnumbered. She has also been a panelist on The Five.

 10 Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 27, 1869
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kaunas
Died: May 14, 1940

Emma Goldman was a writer and anarchist political activist. She played an important role in popularizing the anarchist political philosophy in Europe and North America in the early and mid-20th century. Her lectures and writing spanned a wide variety of subjects, such as atheism, militarism, freedom of speech, homosexuality, capitalism, and free love.

 11 Melissa Mathison

Melissa Mathison.
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Famous As: Screenwriter
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.

 12 Candace Owens

Candace Owens.
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Famous As: Political Activist, Commentator
Birthdate: April 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stamford, Connecticut, United States

A political activist of color, Candace Owens first gained visibility as an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Having changed her political stance since then, she is now known for her increasingly pro-Trump activism. Her support for Trump and criticism of Black Lives Matter have made her a controversial figure.

 13 Laura Loomer

Laura Loomer
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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: May 21, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: North Miami, Florida, USA

 14 Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

One of the most popular African American politicians of the U.S., Democratic Party member Stacey Abrams is also the founder of the non-profit Fair Fight Action. A voting rights activist and a minority leader, she became the first Black woman to win the gubernatorial nomination of any state in the U.S.

 15 Andrea Tantaros

Andrea Tantaros.
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Famous As: Political Analyst
Birthdate: December 30, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

 16 Katie Pavlich

Katie Pavlich.
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: July 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arizona, United States

Katie Pavlich is an American author, podcaster, blogger, and conservative commentator. A Fox News contributor, Pavlich has been an alternate co-host for shows like The Five and has appeared on local and national radio shows on channels, such as CNN, CNBC, and Fox News. In 2014, she was named Woman of the Year by the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.

 17 Lori Lightfoot

Lori Lightfoot
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Massillon, Ohio, United States

 18 Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 16, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 28, 2004
Susan Sontag is best known for her essay anthologies such as Against Interpretation and her novels such as In America. She wrote about diverse issues such as human rights, photography, AIDS, and leftist beliefs, and also visited war-torn areas. The National Book Award-winning author was also openly bisexual. 

 19 Jane Addams

Jane Addams.
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Birthdate: September 6, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cedarville, Illinois, U.S.
Died: May 21, 1935

 20 Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City

A popular actress, producer, and activist, Rosario Dawson is known as much for her involvement in politics and philanthropy as for her work in films and television. A strong supporter of various charitable organizations, such as One Campaign and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Rosario came out as member of the LGBT community in 2020.

 21 Brooke Smith

Brooke Smith.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Brooke Smith is an American actress known for playing important roles in popular TV series like Grey's Anatomy and Bates Motel. An actress who is vocal about matters such as politics, Brooke Smith spoke at an Open the Debates rally in 2008, opposing the Commission on Presidential Debates' decision to exclude third party candidates' presidential debates from being aired nationally.

 22 Betty Ford

Betty Ford.
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: April 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 8, 2011

Betty Ford served as the First Lady of the US from 1974 to 1977. One of the most popular First Ladies in history, Ford was a passionate supporter of abortion rights and worked towards raising breast cancer awareness. She commented on topics like sex, drugs, abortion, and equal pay. In 1991, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 23 Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 11, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

 24 Gennifer Flowers

Gennifer Flowers
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

 25 Katrina Pierson

Katrina Pierson
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Famous As: Political Activists
Birthdate: July 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas, USA

 26 Brigitte Gabriel

Brigitte Gabriel
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marjeyoun, Lebanon

 27 Elizabeth Dole

Elizabeth Dole
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salisbury, North Carolina, USA

 28 Alexandra Paul

Alexandra Paul.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York

As a budding model, Alexandra Paul decided to reject an offer from Stanford University to focus on a career in acting. She is best known to fans for her 5-year-long stint as Lt. Stephanie Holden in the internationally renowned series Baywatch. She is also a marathon runner and an avid swimmer.

 29 Shelley Morrison

Shelley Morrison
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 26, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 30 Anita Bryant

Anita Bryant
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barnsdall, Oklahoma, USA

 31 Opal Tometi

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

 32 Zitkala-Sa

Zitkala-Sa
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 22, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yankton Reservation, South Dakota, United States
Died: January 26, 1938

 33 Michelle Lujan Grisham

Michelle Lujan Grisham
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States

 34 Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

 35 Pamela Harriman

Pamela Harriman
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Famous As: Political activist
Birthdate: March 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Farnborough, England
Died: February 5, 1997

 36 Mae Questel

Mae Questel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 13, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: January 4, 1998

 37 Letitia James

Letitia James
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 38 Shirley Phelps-Roper

Shirley Phelps-Roper
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 31, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas, USA

 39 Leslie Cockburn

Leslie Cockburn
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Mateo, California, USA

 40 Kimberly Kane

Kimberly Kane
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, USA

 41 Donna Shalala

Donna Shalala
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

 42 Christine Todd Whitman

Christine Todd Whitman
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York, U.S.

 43 Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich.
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Famous As: Writer & Activist
Birthdate: August 26, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Butte, Montana, United States

 44 Iris Chang

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

 45 Angelina Grimke

Angelina Grimke.
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Famous As: Abolitionist, Women's Rights Activist
Birthdate: February 20, 1805
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Died: October 26, 1879

 46 Martha Mitchell

Martha Mitchell
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Famous As: Political Activists
Birthdate: September 2, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA
Died: May 31, 1976

 47 Ruth Warrick

Ruth Warrick
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 29, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Died: January 15, 2005

 48 Kay Bailey Hutchison

Kay Bailey Hutchison
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Galveston, Texas, USA

 49 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba

 50 Grace Paley

Grace Paley
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City. United States
Died: August 22, 2007