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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GautamiGautami
Indian
Kanshi RamKanshi Ram
Indian

George LansburyGeorge Lansbury
British

Bipin Chandra PalBipin Chandra Pal
Indian

RamanandaRamananda
Indian

Carl SchurzCarl Schurz
German, American
Beatrice WebbBeatrice Webb
British

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of ShaftesburyAnthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury
British
Edwin ChadwickEdwin Chadwick
British

Samuel SmilesSamuel Smiles
British, Scottish

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

Theodore ParkerTheodore Parker
American
Ricardo Flores MagónRicardo Flores Magón
Mexican

Gerrard WinstanleyGerrard Winstanley
British

Dom MintoffDom Mintoff
Maltese

Theodore BezaTheodore Beza
Swiss, French

Florence KelleyFlorence Kelley
American
Octavia HillOctavia Hill
British

Luis TarucLuis Taruc
Filipino

Wang AnshiWang Anshi
Chinese

Yosano AkikoYosano Akiko
Japanese
Mary White OvingtonMary White Ovington
American
Thomas HughesThomas Hughes
British

Gerrit SmithGerrit Smith
American

Rowland HillRowland Hill
British

Daniel Carter BeardDaniel Carter Beard
American
Toyohiko KagawaToyohiko Kagawa
Japanese

Samuel PlimsollSamuel Plimsoll
British
Peter Martyr VermigliPeter Martyr Vermigli
Italian

Sidney Webb, 1st Baron PassfieldSidney Webb, 1st Baron Passfield
British

Seebohm RowntreeSeebohm Rowntree
British
Arnold of BresciaArnold of Brescia
Italian

François Leclerc du TremblayFrançois Leclerc du Tremblay
French
Hannah Whitall SmithHannah Whitall Smith
American

George WishartGeorge Wishart
Scottish

Franklin Benjamin SanbornFranklin Benjamin Sanborn
American
Robert Dale OwenRobert Dale Owen
American, Scottish

Elizabeth MontaguElizabeth Montagu
British
Hilda TabaHilda Taba
Estonian

John FieldingJohn Fielding
British

Leon SullivanLeon Sullivan
American

Moa MartinsonMoa Martinson
Swedish
Amanda SmithAmanda Smith
American

Sophonisba BreckinridgeSophonisba Breckinridge
American

Charles Eliot NortonCharles Eliot Norton
American

Ellen Gates StarrEllen Gates Starr
American

Grace AbbottGrace Abbott
American
Matthias FlaciusMatthias Flacius
Croatian

Brigid BrophyBrigid Brophy
British
Charles Loring BraceCharles Loring Brace
American

Mary CarpenterMary Carpenter
British

Lujo BrentanoLujo Brentano
German
Josephine Shaw LowellJosephine Shaw Lowell
American

Florence Jaffray HarrimanFlorence Jaffray Harriman
American
Francis PlaceFrancis Place
British

Frances Dana Barker GageFrances Dana Barker Gage
American
Fowell BuxtonFowell Buxton
British

Horace PlunkettHorace Plunkett
Irish, British

Shiv Narayan AgnihotriShiv Narayan Agnihotri
Indian
Benjamin LundyBenjamin Lundy
American

Samuel BamfordSamuel Bamford
British
Thomas Mott OsborneThomas Mott Osborne
American