Political Activists

Political activists are people who get involved in the political process for the sake of promoting, impeding or raising awareness about a certain issue or set of issues. Political activism typically involves engagement beyond just voting, whether it is through protest, demonstration or lecture. Political activists often pertain on taking a clear stance on an issue, voicing an opinion and working to ensure that the change desired by the political activists comes to take place. Demonstrations of political activism that are performed in an attempt to end a corrupt or unjust system tend to be more disruptive, which sometimes becomes violent. Mahatma Gandhi was one of the most influential non- violent political activists the world ever witnessed. Political activism is most effective when performed with large groups. Community organizers and political leaders see the most sweeping change when the demonstrations and activities are unique enough that the voices of the activists draw a great deal of attention. This is why creative acts of resistance by political activists tend to be so powerful and tend to encourage common people for their participation to bring about the necessary change in the democracy. Browse this section to explore about the life and works of various famous political activists from all over the world.

 1 Abbie Hoffman

Abbie Hoffman
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Famous As: Anti-War Activist
Birthdate: November 30, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 12, 1989

The co-founder of the Youth International Party, Abbie Hoffman was an American social and political activist. A popular exponent of the Flower Power movement, Abbie Hoffman played a major role in the events leading up to the violent confrontations with the cops during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. He remains an iconic figure of the counterculture era.

 2 Candace Owens

Candace Owens
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Famous As: Political Activist, Commentator
Birthdate: April 29, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.

 3 Tom Hayden

Tom Hayden
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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: December 11, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 23, 2016

Tom Hayden was a prominent social/political activist, and a champion for civil rights and anti-war campaigns. Also known as Jane Fonda’s ex-husband, he had contributed to the Port Huron Statement and stood trial in the Chicago Seven Case. He was part of the California State Assembly and the California Senate.

 4 Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 5 Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.

 6 Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 7 Bobby Seale

Bobby Seale
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Famous As: Political activist
Birthdate: October 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 8 Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov
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Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: April 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Russian

Garry Kasparov is a Russian chess player. A grandmaster, Kasparov is a former World Chess Champion who was ranked No. 1 for 255 months during his career that spanned 21 years. After his retirement, Garry Kasparov focused on writing and politics; he founded a social movement called the United Civil Front, which is part of an opposition coalition in Moscow.

 9 Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

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.

 10 Bradley Whitford

Bradley Whitford
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 11 Steve Schmidt

Steve Schmidt
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 12 Carrie Symonds

Carrie Symonds
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Famous As: Boris Johnson'Partner
Birthdate: 1988 AD
Nationality: British
Carrie Symonds, the fiancée of British prime minister Boris Johnson, is the first unmarried partner of a prime minister to stay at 10 Downing Street. A former Conservative Party press officer, she now works with Oceana. She was the youngest victim to testify against serial sexual offender John Worboys. 
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 13 Angela Davis

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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: January 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

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.

 14 Patrick Leahy

Patrick Leahy
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Famous As: Politicain
Birthdate: March 31, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 15 Dick Durbin

Dick Durbin
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 16 Lori Lightfoot

Lori Lightfoot
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: August 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 17 Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader
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Famous As: Political Activist, Attorney
Birthdate: February 27, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe at Any Speed was his critique of the safety measures of U.S. automobile manufacturers. His activism has led to the passage of acts such as the Consumer Product Safety Act. One of Time’s 100 Most Influential Americans, he inspired the documentary An Unreasonable Man

 18 Michael Moore

Michael Moore
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Famous As: Documentary Filmmaker
Birthdate: April 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Michael Moore is best known for his documentaries that criticize right-wing politicians and capitalism. He won an Academy Award for Bowling for Columbine, and the Palme d'Or for Fahrenheit 9/11, which was also the highest-grossing U.S. documentary of all time. He has also created Sicko and The Awful Truth.

 19 Serj Tankian

Serj Tankian
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Lebanese, American

Serj Tankian is an Armenian-American record producer, singer, and songwriter. Tankian is credited with co-founding the popular band System of a Down. Renowned for his wide vocal range and unusual delivery, Serj Tankian is widely considered one of the best heavy metal vocalists of all time. Also a political activist, Tankian co-founded Axis of Justice, a non-profit organization.

 20 Rick Harrison

Rick Harrison
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Rick Harrison, co-owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, shot to fame with the History Channel show Pawn Stars. His memoir, License to Pawn, became a New York Times bestseller. Named the National Pawnbrokers Association’s 2010 Pawnbroker of the Year, he also appeared on the game show Pawnography

 21 Jack Kemp

Jack Kemp
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 13, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 2, 2009

 22 Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly
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Famous As: Radio personality, Lawyer, Political activist, Journalist
Birthdate: August 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 5, 2016

 23 Nathuram Godse

Nathuram Godse
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Famous As: Assassin of Mahatma Gandhi
Birthdate: May 19, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Indian
Died: November 15, 1949

Nathuram Godse was an Indian man who gained notoriety for assassinating Mahatma Gandhi, a popular figure in India's successful campaign for independence from British rule. He was an advocate of Hindu nationalism and opposed many of Gandhi’s political views. He shot Gandhi thrice at point-blank range on 30 January 1948. Godse was later executed for this crime.

 24 Manute Bol

Manute Bol
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: October 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Sudanese, American
Died: June 19, 2010

 25 Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: June 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Russian

Described by The Wall Street Journal as the man Vladimir Putin fears most, Alexei Navalny is widely regarded as Russia's opposition leader. He is famous for his accusations of corruption in Russia and Putin's government. In 2011, he created the Anti-Corruption Foundation, which was dissolved in 2020. In August 2020, there was an attempt to assassinate him, when he was poisoned during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow.

 26 Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Irish
Irish singer Bob Geldof gained fame as part of the rock band Boomtown Rats, which delivered hits such as Rat Trap. He formed the charity supergroup Band Aid and organized concerts to eradicate poverty in Africa. He also appeared as Pink in the movie Pink Floyd – The Wall.

 27 Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 11, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 28 Cenk Uygur

Cenk Uygur
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Famous As: Political Activist, Show Host
Birthdate: March 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Turkish, American

Cenk Uygur is a Turkish-American journalist, attorney, media host, and political commentator. He is credited with creating a commentary and sociopolitical news program titled The Young Turks (TYT). He is also credited with co-founding Justice Democrats, a progressive political action committee in the United States.

 29 Kennedy Montgomery

Kennedy Montgomery
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: September 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 30 Laura Loomer

Laura Loomer
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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: May 21, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 31 Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 32 Lauren Southern

Lauren Southern
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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: June 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

 33 Brooke Smith

Brooke Smith
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

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.

 34 Donna Shalala

Donna Shalala
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 35 Betty Ford

Betty Ford
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Famous As: Former First Lady of the United States
Birthdate: April 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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.

 36 Sophie Scholl

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Famous As: Anti-Nazi Activist
Birthdate: May 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: February 22, 1943

Sophie Scholl was a German anti-Nazi political activist who was involved with a non-violent resistance group called White Rose. Scholl was executed by guillotine at the age of 21 for distributing anti-war leaflets. Since her death, Sophie Scholl has been viewed as an iconic figure. Her life and work have inspired several films, including Sophie Scholl – The Final Days.

 37 James Brady

James Brady
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Famous As: White House Press Secretary
Birthdate: August 29, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: August 4, 2014

 38 Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 2006

 39 Katie Pavlich

Katie Pavlich
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Famous As: Commentator
Birthdate: July 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

 40 Michelle Lujan Grisham

Michelle Lujan Grisham
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 41 Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal
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Famous As: Anti Corruption Activist, Politician
Birthdate: August 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 42 Sean Pertwee

Sean Pertwee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 43 Stephen Stills

Stephen Stills
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 44 Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 45 Letitia James

Letitia James
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 46 Ed Markey

Ed Markey
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 47 Bianca Jagger

Bianca Jagger
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 2, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nicaraguan, British

 48 Elizabeth Dole

Elizabeth Dole
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 49 Susan Sontag

Susan Sontag
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Birthdate: January 16, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 28, 2004

 50 Lloyd Bentsen

Lloyd Bentsen
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 11, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 23, 2006
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