Turn the pages of history and you may be shocked to know the appalled state of women in society back then. Unlike the present times, women of the yesteryears were mere objects of home, untitled, bereft of civil and constitutional rights and deprived of any freedom. Had it not been for the women’s rights activist, we would not have Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Indra Nooyi, Melinda Gates, Anna Patricia Botin or Taylor Swift at their top spots today! Talking of women’s rights activists, American women’s rights activist have played a pivotal role in the women suffragist movement. Be it 19th century civil rights leader Susan B Anthony or Amelia Bloomer, leader and strategist Alice Paul or first American woman Nobel laureate, Jane Addams, each of them committedly fought for social equality to give women an equal status in the society. It was for the efforts of these valiant women that the society turned to the issues concerning women. Basic amenities like freedom of speech, right to vote, gender discrimination, sexual and reproductive health rights, gender-based violence were unheard of concepts that women activists not just brought to the forefront but successfully conquered them to help uplift the status of women in society. Browse through this section to get details about the life and works of American women’s rights activists.
Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton
26 October 1947
Former First Lady, Political Leader
Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927
Singer

Torrey DeVittoTorrey DeVitto
08 June 1984
Actress

Susan B. AnthonySusan B. Anthony
15 February 1820
Women’s Rights Activist

Mena SuvariMena Suvari
13 February 1979
Actress

Joan Chandos BaezJoan Chandos Baez
09 January 1941
Singer
Tammy BruceTammy Bruce
20 August 1962
Radio Host

Cybill Lynne ShepherdCybill Lynne Shepherd
18 February 1950
Actress

Kate BolduanKate Bolduan
28 July 1983
Journalist
Betty FordBetty Ford
08 April 1918
Former First Lady of the United States

Alice WalkerAlice Walker
09 February 1944
Author
Valerie HarperValerie Harper
22 August 1939
Actress

Jason RalphJason Ralph
07 April 1986
Actor

Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth
01 December 1797
American women's rights activist

Ayaan Hirsi AliAyaan Hirsi Ali
13 November 1969
Writer, Politician, Activist, Feminist

Cynthia GermanottaCynthia Germanotta
30 August 1954
Philanthropist
Matt McGorryMatt McGorry
12 April 1986
Actor

Carré OtisCarré Otis
28 September 1968
Model

Elizabeth Cady StantonElizabeth Cady Stanton
12 November 1815
Women’s Rights Activist

Elizabeth JaggerElizabeth Jagger
02 March 1984
Model
Fannie Lou HamerFannie Lou Hamer
06 October 1917
Civil Rights Activist

Alyssa DiazAlyssa Diaz
07 September 1985
Actress
Dorothy DayDorothy Day
08 November 1897
 

Cassie ScerboCassie Scerbo
30 March 1990
Actress

William Lloyd GarrisonWilliam Lloyd Garrison
12 December 1805
Abolitionist
Pearl BuckPearl Buck
26 June 1892
American writer

Jeannette RankinJeannette Rankin
11 June 1880
First Woman Elected to U.S Congress
Mary FrannMary Frann
27 February 1943
Actress

Mary Edwards WalkerMary Edwards Walker
26 November 1832
Surgeon, Feminist, Activist

Margaret FullerMargaret Fuller
23 May 1810
 
Lucretia MottLucretia Mott
03 January 1793
Abolitionist, Women's Rights Activist, Social

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Carrie Chapman CattCarrie Chapman Catt
09 January 1859
Women’s Rights Activists
Lucy StoneLucy Stone
13 August 1818
Women's Rights Activist

Mary Church TerrellMary Church Terrell
23 September 1863
Civil Rights Activist

Angelina GrimkeAngelina Grimke
20 February 1805
Abolitionist, Women's Rights Activist

Anna Julia CooperAnna Julia Cooper
10 August 1858
Author, Educator
Matilda GageMatilda Joslyn Gage
24 March 1826
Abolitionist, Freethinker, Author
Anna Howard ShawAnna Howard Shaw
14 February 1847
Leader of the women's suffrage movement in the

Emily Greene BalchEmily Greene Balch
08 January 1867
Social Activist

Nora Stanton Blatch BarneyNora Stanton Blatch Barney
30 September 1883
Civil Engineer, Architect, Women’s Rights

Rosalie EdgeRosalie Edge
03 November 1877
Women’s Right Activist & Environmentalist
Alice PaulAlice Paul
11 January 1885
Suffragist and Feminist

Lina EscoLina Esco
14 May 1985
Actress

Jorge RamosJorge Ramos
16 March 1958
Journalist

Gloria AllredGloria Allred
03 July 1941
Attorney

Abby JohnsonAbby Johnson
10 July 1980
Activist
Mamie TillMamie Till
23 November 1921
Activist

Rebecca Latimer FeltonRebecca Latimer Felton
10 June 1835
Writer
Cecile RichardsCecile Richards
15 July 1957
Activist

Marjory Stoneman DouglasMarjory Stoneman Douglas
07 April 1890
Journalist

Sarah WeddingtonSarah Weddington
05 February 1945
Attorney
Thomas Wentworth HigginsonThomas Wentworth Higginson
22 December 1823
Author

Belva Ann LockwoodBelva Ann Lockwood
24 October 1830
American lawyer
Esther PetersonEsther Peterson
09 December 1906
Women's advocate

Amelia BloomerAmelia Bloomer
27 May 1818
Advocate

Frances LearFrances Lear
14 July 1923
Activist

Mary White OvingtonMary White Ovington
11 April 1865
Journalist

Simone CampbellSimone Campbell
22 October 1945
Religious sister
W.A. CriswellW.A. Criswell
19 December 1909
Author

Emma WillardEmma Willard
23 February 1787
American activist

Dorothy DixDorothy Dix
18 November 1861
Journalist

Harriot Stanton BlatchHarriot Stanton Blatch
20 January 1856
Writer
Mary LivermoreMary Livermore
19 December 1820
Journalist

Maggie KuhnMaggie Kuhn
03 August 1905
Activist
Paulina Kellogg Wright DavisPaulina Kellogg Wright Davis
07 August 1813
Educator

Beate Sirota GordonBeate Sirota Gordon
25 October 1923
Human Rights Activist

Antoinette Brown BlackwellAntoinette Brown Blackwell
20 May 1825
Protestant minister
Arabella MansfieldArabella Mansfield
23 May 1846
Lawyer

Esther Hobart McQuigg Slack MorrisEsther Hobart McQuigg Slack Morris
08 August 1812
Justice of the Peace
Phoebe PalmerPhoebe Palmer
18 December 1807
Writer

Annie Nathan MeyerAnnie Nathan Meyer
19 February 1867
Author

Mary Corinna Putnam JacobiMary Corinna Putnam Jacobi
31 August 1842
Physician
Isabella Beecher HookerIsabella Beecher Hooker
22 February 1822
Leader

Emmeline B. WellsEmmeline B. Wells
29 February 1828
Journalist
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps WardElizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
31 August 1844
Author

Alice Freeman PalmerAlice Freeman Palmer
21 February 1855
Educator

Julia LathropJulia Lathrop
29 June 1858
Social worker

Julia MarloweJulia Marlowe
17 August 1865
Actress
Fannie Barrier WilliamsFannie Barrier Williams
12 February 1855
Educator
Lydia Moss BradleyLydia Moss Bradley
31 July 1816
Philanthropist

Marjorie ShostakMarjorie Shostak
11 May 1945
Anthropologist

Olympia BrownOlympia Brown
05 January 1835
Minister

Virginia MinorVirginia Minor
27 March 1824
Women's Activist
Mary DennettMary Dennett
04 April 1872
Activist

Willie BarrowWillie Barrow
07 December 1924
Clergywoman

Anne Henrietta MartinAnne Henrietta Martin
30 September 1875
Author

Jessie Daniel AmesJessie Daniel Ames
02 November 1883
Activist

Jane SwisshelmJane Swisshelm
06 December 1815
Journalist
Madeline McDowell BreckinridgeMadeline McDowell Breckinridge
20 May 1872
Human Rights Activist

Mary Gove NicholsMary Gove Nichols
10 August 1810
Advocate
Lillie Devereux BlakeLillie Devereux Blake
12 August 1833
Writer

Barbara SeamanBarbara Seaman
11 September 1935
Author
Charlotte Anita WhitneyCharlotte Anita Whitney
07 July 1867
Legislator
Lugenia Burns HopeLugenia Burns Hope
19 February 1871
Social reformer