Famous British Women's Rights Activists

Women today enjoy equal status in society. They are no less than any man in terms of achievement and talent and exert quite a dominant influence over modern society’s daily proceedings. But has the scenario always been this way? Sadly, no! Much of what we enjoy today has been due to the hard work and persistent claim for equality by our predecessors. Women of the yesteryears did not enjoy the freedom that we use and often misuse today. They, in fact, were treated as minorities of the society and had no say whatsoever. To change the way women were treated in society and give them equal rights as of men, many of the suffragists turned into campaigners of women rights. They fought against slavery and became leading advocates of equal rights for women. They helped women secure the right to vote and became key propagators of self-dependency. In United Kingdom, the scenario was no different from the rest of the world. Leading feminist figures campaigned for equality and freedom. From being suffragists to social activists, they helped turn the society by constantly chanting for the rights of women. Eminent women’s right activists like Mary Wollstonecraft, Millicent Fawcett, Emmeline Pankhurst passionately led the movement in Britain. Check out in details about their life, their story and their struggle for freedom in this segment given below.

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 1 Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 27, 1759
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 10, 1797

Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer, advocate of women's rights, and philosopher. Wollstonecraft, who attracted a lot of attention for her unconventional personal relationships, is widely considered a founding feminist philosopher. Although her unorthodoxy initially attracted criticisms, her advocacy of women's equality became increasingly important during the 20th century. Modern-day feminists cite her works and her life as important influences.

 2 Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst
Famous As: Leader of the British Suffragette Movement
Birthdate: July 15, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moss Side, Manchester, England
Died: June 14, 1928
Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist best remembered for helping women earn the right to vote in elections by organizing the UK suffragette movement. For playing a major role in achieving women's suffrage in the UK, Pankhurst was named in Time magazine's 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century list in 1999.

 3 Annie Besant

Annie Besant
Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthdate: April 16, 1847
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clapham, England
Died: 1933 AD

Annie Besant was a British theosophist, socialist, writer, orator, educationist, women's rights activist, and philanthropist. Despite being British, Besant supported India's freedom movement and even joined the Indian National Congress. She is also credited with co-founding Banaras Hindu University. Besant also helped launch the Indian Home Rule movement to campaign for democracy in the country.

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 4 Emily Davison

Emily Davison
Famous As: Suffragist, Activist
Birthdate: October 11, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 8, 1913

Activist Emily Davison is remembered for her relentless fight for women’s suffrage. As part of her protest, at the 1913 Epsom Derby, she went in front of King George V’s horse, to attach suffragette flags to it, and was tragically trampled to death. Some regard her as a martyr for women’s causes.

 5 Sarah Solemani

Sarah Solemani
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Camden, London, England

 6 Marie Stopes

Marie Stopes
Famous As: Paleobotanist & Women’s Rights Activists
Birthdate: October 15, 1880
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: October 2, 1958

Apart from being a successful botanist, Marie Stopes was also a popular activist, known for her contribution to the feminist cause. A leading supporter of birth control, she established the UK’s first clinic for family planning. She was also known for her books Married Love and Wise Parenthood.

 7 Millicent Fawcett

Millicent Fawcett
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 11, 1847
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aldeburgh, England
Died: August 5, 1929
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 8 Emma Watson

Emma Watson
Famous As: Actress, Activist
Birthdate: April 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

English actress, model, and activist, Emma Watson first gained prominence as a child artiste in the Harry Potter film series. The daughter of lawyers, she was determined to go to college despite her busy acting career and graduated from Brown University. A staunch feminist, she is actively involved with organizations that work for the betterment of women.

 9 Maud Gonne

Maud Gonne
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 21, 1866
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tongham, United Kingdom
Died: April 27, 1953

Maud Gonne not just co-founded the Sinn Féin party but also participated in the theater movement of W.B Yeats, who made her his muse and proposed to her many times, only to be rejected. An Irish nationalist, she also formed the Daughters of Ireland and acted in Yeats’s first play Cathleen ni Houlihan.

 10 Adwoa Aboah

Adwoa Aboah
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England

 11 Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill
Famous As: Dramatist, Women's Rights Activist
Birthdate: September 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

 12 Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst

Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst
Famous As: Militant
Birthdate: September 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Died: February 13, 1958

Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst was a British suffragette who co-founded the Women's Social and Political Union. From 1912 to 1913, Pankhurst directed the organization's militant actions from France. After the war, Christabel Pankhurst settled down in the United States of America where she served as an evangelist for the Second Coming movement.

 13 Gina Miller

Gina Miller
Famous As: Business owner and activist
Birthdate: April 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guyana

 14 Caroline Chisholm

Caroline Chisholm
Famous As: Immigrant Welfare Activist
Birthdate: May 30, 1808
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wootton, Northampton, England
Died: March 25, 1877

Caroline Chisholm was an English humanitarian remembered for her work in British India where she established the Female School of Industry for the Daughters of European Soldiers which aimed at educating girls, who were taught reading, writing, nursing, cooking, and housekeeping. She also became a much-admired woman in Australia where she placed more than 11,000 people in jobs and homes.

 15 Ethel Smyth

Ethel Smyth
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 22, 1858
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sidcup, United Kingdom
Died: May 8, 1944

 16 Sophia Duleep Singh

Sophia Duleep Singh
Famous As: Suffragette and her father was Maharaja Sir Duleep Singh
Birthdate: August 8, 1876
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Elveden Hall, Elveden, Suffolk, England
Died: August 22, 1948

 17 Sukki Singapora

Sukki Singapora
Famous As: Director
Birthdate: October 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Singapore

 18 Margaret Bondfield

Margaret Bondfield
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chard, England
Died: June 16, 1953

 19 Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake

Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: January 21, 1840
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hastings, Sussex, England
Died: January 7, 1912

 20 Nimco Ali

Nimco Ali
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Somali Democratic Republic

 21 Emily Davies

Emily Davies
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: April 22, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Carlton Crescent, Southampton, England
Died: July 13, 1921

 22 Barbara Bodichon

Barbara Bodichon
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 8, 1827
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Carlton Crescent, Southampton, England
Died: June 11, 1891

 23 Anna Jameson

Anna Jameson
Famous As: Writer, Women Rights Activist
Birthdate: May 19, 1794
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin
Died: March 17, 1860

 24 Shabnam Nasimi

Shabnam Nasimi
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: February 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

 25 Anne Clough

Anne Clough
Famous As: Suffragist
Birthdate: January 20, 1820
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died: February 27, 1892

 26 Margery Corbett Ashby

Margery Corbett Ashby
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 19, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Danehill, England
Died: May 15, 1981

 27 Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi

Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: August 31, 1842
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 10, 1906

 28 Joan Dunlop

Joan Dunlop
Famous As: Women rights advocate
Birthdate: May 20, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 29, 2012

 29 Emily Shirreff

Emily Shirreff
Famous As: Educational pioneer
Birthdate: November 3, 1814
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: England
Died: March 20, 1897