List of famous social reformers with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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Where would the human society be today had it not been for the several thousands of social reformers all over the world, who since the beginning of civilization have strived to make the world a better place? Social reformers advocate reforms and play a key role in the development of society and nation building. The human society is not perfect and the social norms and conditions that are ingrained into the structure of the society are often biased against certain sections of the society. People who are distressed by the malpractices and injustices in the society and strive to bring about a change are the social reformers. A reform movement led by social activists aims to bring about a gradual change in the society by bringing about awareness about the issues in hand. Every country has its own stories about the atrocities meted out to certain segments of its population and the brave men and women who dared to question the authoritative society in their fight for their basic rights. Abolitionists, feminists, civil rights activists, environmentalists, and gay rights activists are all the social reformers who have helped to make the society a more equitable and civilized place. Read on to learn more about the social reformers who changed the society for the better.

Jeremiah Jeremiah
Israeli

Jane Addams Jane Addams
American

Lori Bakker Lori Bakker
American

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Ram Mohan RoyRam Mohan Roy
Indian
GautamiGautami
Indian

Bipin Chandra PalBipin Chandra Pal
Indian

Carl SchurzCarl Schurz
German, American

Kanshi RamKanshi Ram
Indian

RamanandaRamananda
Indian
Florence KelleyFlorence Kelley
American

Theodore ParkerTheodore Parker
American
Edwin ChadwickEdwin Chadwick
British

Samuel SmilesSamuel Smiles
British, Scottish

Charles Freer AndrewsCharles Freer Andrews
British
Kang YouweiKang Youwei
Chinese, Taiwanese

Dom MintoffDom Mintoff
Maltese
Theodore BezaTheodore Beza
Swiss, French

Ricardo Flores MagónRicardo Flores Magón
Mexican

Octavia HillOctavia Hill
British

Toyohiko KagawaToyohiko Kagawa
Japanese

Gerrard WinstanleyGerrard Winstanley
British
Wang AnshiWang Anshi
Chinese

Mary White OvingtonMary White Ovington
American

Gerrit SmithGerrit Smith
American

Thomas HughesThomas Hughes
British
Luis TarucLuis Taruc
Filipino
Franklin Benjamin SanbornFranklin Benjamin Sanborn
American

Yosano AkikoYosano Akiko
Japanese

Rowland HillRowland Hill
British

Seebohm RowntreeSeebohm Rowntree
British
François Leclerc du TremblayFrançois Leclerc du Tremblay
French

Peter Martyr VermigliPeter Martyr Vermigli
Italian
Samuel PlimsollSamuel Plimsoll
British

Robert Dale OwenRobert Dale Owen
American, Scottish

Leon SullivanLeon Sullivan
American
Grace AbbottGrace Abbott
American

Hilda TabaHilda Taba
Estonian
Elizabeth MontaguElizabeth Montagu
British

Hannah Whitall SmithHannah Whitall Smith
American

Charles Eliot NortonCharles Eliot Norton
American
George WishartGeorge Wishart
Scottish

Mary CarpenterMary Carpenter
British
Sophonisba BreckinridgeSophonisba Breckinridge
American

Brigid BrophyBrigid Brophy
British

Charles Loring BraceCharles Loring Brace
American

Josephine Shaw LowellJosephine Shaw Lowell
American
Ellen Gates StarrEllen Gates Starr
American

Matthias FlaciusMatthias Flacius
Croatian

Samuel BamfordSamuel Bamford
British

William ThompsonWilliam Thompson
Irish

Barbara DemingBarbara Deming
American
Beatus RhenanusBeatus Rhenanus
German, French

Keshab Chunder SenKeshab Chunder Sen
Indian
Abigail Kelley FosterAbigail Kelley Foster
American