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

Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927
Singer

Torrey DeVittoTorrey DeVitto
08 June 1984
Actress

Mena SuvariMena Suvari
13 February 1979
Actress

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

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

Sojourner TruthSojourner Truth
01 December 1797
American women's rights activist
Jason RalphJason Ralph
07 April 1986
Actor

Alice PaulAlice Paul
11 January 1885
Suffragist and Feminist
Tammy BruceTammy Bruce
20 August 1962
Radio Host

Betty FordBetty Ford
08 April 1918
Former First Lady of the United States

Matt McGorryMatt McGorry
12 April 1986
Actor

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

Kate BolduanKate Bolduan
28 July 1983
Journalist
Fannie Lou HamerFannie Lou Hamer
06 October 1917
Civil Rights Activist

Cynthia GermanottaCynthia Germanotta
30 August 1954
Philanthropist

Elizabeth JaggerElizabeth Jagger
02 March 1984
Model

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

Carré OtisCarré Otis
28 September 1968
Model
William Lloyd GarrisonWilliam Lloyd Garrison
12 December 1805
Abolitionist

Jeannette RankinJeannette Rankin
11 June 1880
First Woman Elected to U.S Congress

Cassie ScerboCassie Scerbo
30 March 1990
Actress
Mary FrannMary Frann
27 February 1943
Actress

Carrie Chapman CattCarrie Chapman Catt
09 January 1859
Women’s Rights Activists
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
Mary Church TerrellMary Church Terrell
23 September 1863
Civil Rights Activist

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Lucy StoneLucy Stone
13 August 1818
Women's Rights Activist
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
Pearl BuckPearl Buck
26 June 1892
American writer
Rosalie EdgeRosalie Edge
03 November 1877
Women’s Right Activist & Environmentalist

Anna Julia CooperAnna Julia Cooper
10 August 1858
Author, Educator

Joan Chandos BaezJoan Chandos Baez
09 January 1941
Singer

Angelina GrimkeAngelina Grimke
20 February 1805
Abolitionist, Women's Rights Activist
Cybill Lynne ShepherdCybill Lynne Shepherd
18 February 1950
Actress

Lina EscoLina Esco
14 May 1985
Actress

Gloria AllredGloria Allred
03 July 1941
Attorney

Mamie TillMamie Till
23 November 1921
Activist

Cecile RichardsCecile Richards
15 July 1957
Activist
Simone CampbellSimone Campbell
22 October 1945
Religious sister

Marjory Stoneman DouglasMarjory Stoneman Douglas
07 April 1890
Journalist
Beate Sirota GordonBeate Sirota Gordon
25 October 1923
Human Rights Activist

Rebecca Latimer FeltonRebecca Latimer Felton
10 June 1835
Writer

Frances LearFrances Lear
14 July 1923
Activist
Sarah WeddingtonSarah Weddington
05 February 1945
Attorney

Mary White OvingtonMary White Ovington
11 April 1865
Journalist
Amelia BloomerAmelia Bloomer
27 May 1818
Advocate

Belva Ann LockwoodBelva Ann Lockwood
24 October 1830
American lawyer

Thomas Wentworth HigginsonThomas Wentworth Higginson
22 December 1823
Author

Maggie KuhnMaggie Kuhn
03 August 1905
Activist

Harriot Stanton BlatchHarriot Stanton Blatch
20 January 1856
Writer
Esther PetersonEsther Peterson
09 December 1906
Women's advocate

Emma WillardEmma Willard
23 February 1787
American activist

Dorothy DixDorothy Dix
18 November 1861
Journalist

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps WardElizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
31 August 1844
Author
Antoinette Brown BlackwellAntoinette Brown Blackwell
20 May 1825
Protestant minister

Arabella MansfieldArabella Mansfield
23 May 1846
Lawyer
Mary Corinna Putnam JacobiMary Corinna Putnam Jacobi
31 August 1842
Physician

Emmeline B. WellsEmmeline B. Wells
29 February 1828
Journalist

Julia MarloweJulia Marlowe
17 August 1865
Actress
Phoebe PalmerPhoebe Palmer
18 December 1807
Writer

Lydia Moss BradleyLydia Moss Bradley
31 July 1816
Philanthropist
Alice Freeman PalmerAlice Freeman Palmer
21 February 1855
Educator

Annie Nathan MeyerAnnie Nathan Meyer
19 February 1867
Author

Isabella Beecher HookerIsabella Beecher Hooker
22 February 1822
Leader
Mary LivermoreMary Livermore
19 December 1820
Journalist

Fannie Barrier WilliamsFannie Barrier Williams
12 February 1855
Educator
Olympia BrownOlympia Brown
05 January 1835
Minister

Jessie Daniel AmesJessie Daniel Ames
02 November 1883
Activist

Paulina Kellogg Wright DavisPaulina Kellogg Wright Davis
07 August 1813
Educator

Julia LathropJulia Lathrop
29 June 1858
Social worker
Madeline McDowell BreckinridgeMadeline McDowell Breckinridge
20 May 1872
Human Rights Activist
Willie BarrowWillie Barrow
07 December 1924
Clergywoman

Laura de Force GordonLaura de Force Gordon
17 August 1838
Lawyer

Maud Wood ParkMaud Wood Park
25 January 1871
feminist

Virginia MinorVirginia Minor
27 March 1824
Women's Activist
Marjorie ShostakMarjorie Shostak
11 May 1945
Anthropologist

Lillie Devereux BlakeLillie Devereux Blake
12 August 1833
Writer

Abby JohnsonAbby Johnson
10 July 1980
Activist

Anne Henrietta MartinAnne Henrietta Martin
30 September 1875
Author

Mary DennettMary Dennett
04 April 1872
Activist
Jane SwisshelmJane Swisshelm
06 December 1815
Journalist

Mary Gove NicholsMary Gove Nichols
10 August 1810
Advocate
Barbara SeamanBarbara Seaman
11 September 1935
Author

Lugenia Burns HopeLugenia Burns Hope
19 February 1871
Social reformer
Harriot Kezia HuntHarriot Kezia Hunt
09 November 1805
Physician
Charlotte Anita WhitneyCharlotte Anita Whitney
07 July 1867
Legislator