American Female Political Activists

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 1 Harriet Tubman

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Famous As: Abolitionist and Political activist
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.

 2 Ashley Judd

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Famous As: Actress, Political activist
Birthdate: April 19, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Granada Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States

Ashley Judd is a popular American actress who is vocal about topics, such as sexual assault. As a three-time rape survivor—as claimed by her—Ashley serves as an inspiration to rape survivors around the world. Known for her humanitarian work, Ashley has worked on gender equality for over a decade. She is also famous for her political activities.

 3 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.

 4 Rowan Blanchard

Rowan Blanchard
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 14, 2001
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Rowan Blanchard is best known as Rebecca Wilson from Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. Named one of Time’s Most Influential Teens in 2015, she also appeared as Riley Matthews in the Disney series Girl Meets World and was seen in the series The Goldbergs and Snowpiercer, too.

 5 Afeni Shakur

Afeni Shakur
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: January 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lumberton, North Carolina, United States
Died: May 2, 2016

Afeni Shakur was a political activist best known as the mother of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur. Afeni Shakur was an important member of the popular political organization Black Panther Party where she mentored new members like Jamal Joseph, Dhoruba Bin-Wahad, and Cleo Silvers.

 6 Omarosa Manigault

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

 7 Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman
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Famous As: Political activist
Birthdate: June 7, 1869
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: May 4, 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.

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 8 Megalyn Echikunwoke

Megalyn Echikunwoke
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States

 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 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. 

 12 Jane Addams

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

Jane Addams was an American social worker, reformer, settlement activist, public administrator, sociologist, and author. Addams was a prominent leader in the history of women's suffrage and social work in the USA. She is credited with co-founding one of America's most popular settlement houses, the Hull House in Chicago. Addams is also credited with co-founding the American Civil Liberties Union.

 13 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 Candace Owens

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Famous As: Conservative Author, Political Commentator & Activist
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.

 16 Elizabeth Dole

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

 17 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

American attorney and author Phyllis Schlafly was a major figure of paleoconservativism and was against feminism, LGBT rights, and abortion. She was also behind the STOP ERA campaign against the Equal Rights Amendment, and her life and times were portrayed in the series Mrs. America, which had Cate Blanchett playing her.

 18 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

 19 Katrina Pierson

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

 20 Lori Lightfoot

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

 21 Rosario Dawson

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

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.

 22 Heather Thomas

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States

 23 Susan Sarandon

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jackson Heights, New York, United States

Susan Sarandon is hailed as one of the best actresses of her time. She has starred in many acclaimed Hollywood films like Bull Durham, Thelma and Louise, Atlantic City and Lorenzo's Oil. In 1995 she won an Oscar for Dead Man Walking. She’s also a political activist and has often protested against issues like war, gun violence and migrant separation policy.

 24 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

 25 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

Shelley Morrison was an American actress best remembered for her portrayal of Rosario Salazar in the popular NBC sitcom Will & Grace. During her career, which spanned more than five decades, Shelley Morrison played a housekeeper or maid on 32 separate occasions.

 26 Anita Bryant

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

 27 Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

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

 28 Gennifer Flowers

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

 29 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

 30 Opal Tometi

Opal Tometi
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Famous As: Activist
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.

 31 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

 32 Jo Jorgensen

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Famous As: Libertarian Party's nominee for president of the United States in the 2020 election
Birthdate: May 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Libertyville, Illinois, United States

 33 Brigitte Gabriel

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

 34 Leslie Cockburn

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

 35 Letitia James

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

 36 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

 37 Caroline Giuliani

Caroline Giuliani
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Famous As: Film director, Political activist
Birthdate: 1989 AD
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 38 Karine Jean-Pierre

Karine Jean-Pierre
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Famous As: White House Deputy Press Secretary
Birthdate: August 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Martinique, France

 39 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

 40 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

Apart from serving as the US ambassador to France and as a Democratic political activist, Pamela Harriman had also been in the news for her three marriages, all to high-profile men, namely, Randolph Churchill, Leland Hayward, and W. Averell Harriman. She also had countless affairs with rich and influential men.

 41 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.

 42 Shirley Phelps-Roper

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

 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 Donna Shalala

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

 45 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

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

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is a Cuban-born American politician and lobbyist. She is best known for representing Florida's 27th congressional district at the U.S. House of Representatives from 29 August 1989 to 3 January 2019. The first female Republican to be elected from Florida, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is also the first Cuban-American politician elected to Congress.

 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 Mary McCarthy

Mary McCarthy
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: October 25, 1989

 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 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

 50 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