Social Reformers

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.

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1Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthday: 29 February 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: 10 March 1913

Born to parents who were bonded slaves, Harriet Tubman life was a difficult one from the very beginning. Yet with her remarkable courage and determination, she not only escaped slavery herself, but also led other enslaved people to freedom. The prominent political activist and abolitionist was also the first woman to lead an armed expedition during the American Civil War.

2Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale
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Famous As: Founder of Modern Nursing
Birthday: 12 May 1820
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: 13 August 1910
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3William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthday: 24 August 1759
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: 29 July 1833

4Gautami

Gautami
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Famous As: Actress
Birthday: 02 July 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian
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5Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
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Famous As: Social Reformer, Philosopher
Birthday: 26 September 1820
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian
Died: 29 July 1891

6Jeremiah

Jeremiah
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Famous As: Prophet
Birthday: 0655 BC
Nationality: Israeli
Died: 0586 BC
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7Girolamo Savonarola

Girolamo Savonarola
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Famous As: Monk
Birthday: 21 September 1452
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian
Died: 23 May 1498
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8Dadabhai Naoroji

 Dadabhai Naoroji
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Famous As:
Birthday: 04 September 1825
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
Died: 30 June 1917
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9Hu Yaobang

Hu Yaobang
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Famous As: Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
Birthday: 20 November 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Chinese
Died: 15 April 1989

10Savitribai Phule

Savitribai Phule
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Famous As: Social Reformer, Poet
Birthday: 03 January 1831
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: 10 March 1887
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11Narayana Guru

Narayana Guru
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Famous As: Spiritual Leader, Social Reformer
Birthday: 20 August 1856
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: 20 September 1928

12Jane Addams

Jane Addams
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Famous As:
Birthday: 06 September 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: 21 May 1935
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13William Lloyd Garrison

William Lloyd Garrison
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthday: 12 December 1805
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: 24 May 1879

14Vinoba Bhave

Vinoba Bhave
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthday: 11 September 1895
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian
Died: 15 November 1982

15Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune
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Famous As: Educator
Birthday: 10 July 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: 18 May 1955

16Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi

Ahmed Raza Khan Barelvi
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Famous As: Islamic Scholar, Reformer
Birthday: 14 June 1856
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian
Died: 28 October 1921
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17Robert Owen

Robert Owen
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Famous As:
Birthday: 14 May 1771
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Welsh
Died: 17 November 1858

18Josiah Henson

Josiah Henson
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthday: 15 June 1789
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: 05 May 1883
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19James Oglethorpe

James Oglethorpe
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Famous As: Founder of the colony of Georgia
Birthday: 22 December 1696
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: 30 June 1785

20Olympe de Gouges

Olympe de Gouges
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthday: 07 May 1748
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: 03 November 1793
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21Kanshi Ram

Kanshi Ram
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Famous As: Politician
Birthday: 15 March 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian
Died: 09 October 2006

22Bipin Chandra Pal

Bipin Chandra Pal
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Famous As: Writer
Birthday: 07 November 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
Died: 20 May 1932
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23Baba Amte

Baba Amte
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Famous As:
Birthday: 26 December 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: 09 February 2008

24Mahadev Govind Ranade

Mahadev Govind Ranade
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Famous As: Judge, Social Reformer
Birthday: 18 January 1842
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: 16 January 1901
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25Lucretia Mott

Lucretia Mott
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Famous As: Abolitionist, Women's Rights Activist, Social Reformer
Birthday: 03 January 1793
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: 11 November 1880

26Dorothea Dix

Dorothea Dix
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthday: 04 April 1802
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: 17 July 1887

27Carl Schurz

Carl Schurz
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Famous As: Politician
Birthday: 02 March 1829
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, American
Died: 14 May 1906

28George Lansbury

George Lansbury
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthday: 21 February 1859
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: 07 May 1940
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29Ramananda

Ramananda
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Famous As: Poet
Birthday: 1380 AD
Nationality: Indian
Died: 1475 AD

30Dhondo Keshav Karve

Dhondo Keshav Karve
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Famous As: Social Reformer and Educator
Birthday: 18 April 1858
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian
Died: 09 November 1962
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31William Beveridge

William Beveridge
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Famous As: Economist
Birthday: 05 March 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: 16 March 1963

32Beatrice Webb

Beatrice Webb
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthday: 22 January 1858
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: 30 April 1943
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33Granville Sharp

Granville Sharp
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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthday: 10 November 1735
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: 06 July 1813

34Lori Bakker

Lori Bakker
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Famous As: Former Televangelist, Speaker
Birthday: 30 August 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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35Charles Freer Andrews

Charles Freer Andrews
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Famous As: Priest
Birthday: 12 February 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: 05 April 1940

36Theodore Parker

Theodore Parker
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Famous As: Transcendentalist
Birthday: 24 August 1810
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: 10 May 1860

37Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury
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Famous As: Politician
Birthday: 28 April 1801
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: 01 October 1885

38Michael Young, Baron Young of Dartington

Michael Young, Baron Young of Dartington
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthday: 09 August 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: 14 January 2002

39Mary White Ovington

Mary White Ovington
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthday: 11 April 1865
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: 15 July 1951

40Ricardo Flores Magón

Ricardo Flores Magón
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Famous As: Political figure
Birthday: 16 September 1873
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Mexican
Died: 21 November 1922

41Josephine Butler

Josephine Butler
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Famous As: Social Worker
Birthday: 13 April 1828
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: 30 December 1906

42Gerrard Winstanley

Gerrard Winstanley
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Famous As: Religious Reformer
Birthday: 19 October 1609
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: 10 September 1676

43Peter Martyr Vermigli

Peter Martyr Vermigli
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthday: 08 September 1499
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian
Died: 12 November 1562

44Kang Youwei

Kang Youwei
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthday: 19 March 1858
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Chinese, Taiwanese
Died: 31 March 1927

45Samuel Smiles

Samuel Smiles
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Famous As: Writer
Birthday: 23 December 1812
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British, Scottish
Died: 16 April 1904

46Dom Mintoff

Dom Mintoff
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Famous As: Politician
Birthday: 06 August 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Maltese
Died: 20 August 2012

47Gerrit Smith

Gerrit Smith
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Famous As: Politician
Birthday: 06 March 1797
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: 28 December 1874

48Edwin Chadwick

Edwin Chadwick
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Famous As: Public servant
Birthday: 24 January 1800
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: 06 July 1890

49Theodore Beza

Theodore Beza
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthday: 24 June 1519
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Swiss, French
Died: 13 October 1605

50Octavia Hill

Octavia Hill
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Famous As: Social Reformer
Birthday: 03 December 1838
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: 13 August 1912
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