Women Activists

Throughout history, there have been many women activists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female activists such as Hillary Clinton, Shailene Woodley, Angelina Jolie, Malala Yousafzai, Pauley Perrette.The women activists featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Harriet Tubman

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Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: February 29, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: March 10, 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.

 2 Malala Yousafzai

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: July 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Pakistani

Named to Time 100 thrice, Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai exhibits phenomenal grit and inspires young girls everywhere. An assassination attempt by Islamic fundamentalists could not dampen her spirit, and she fought back with a bestselling memoir and won the Nobel Peace Prize as its youngest recipient, at 17.

 3 Shailene Woodley

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Famous As: Actress, Activist
Birthdate: November 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

A child model at four and a television actor at eight, Shailene Woodley began working early and found fame with The Descendants, The Spectacular Now and the Divergent film series. She later gained tremendous appreciation for her work in the movie The Fault in Our Stars and HBO series Big Little Lies. The award winning actress is also an environmentalist and activist

 4 Rosa Parks

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: February 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 24, 2005

Rosa Parks, “the first lady of civil rights,” was a pioneer in the American revolution against color segregation and racism. Her refusal to leave her bus seat to a white passenger gave rise to the iconic Montgomery Bus Boycott, which also led her to work with Martin Luther King Jr.

 5 Monica Lewinsky

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Famous As: American Television Personality
Birthdate: July 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Activist and TV personality, Monica Lewinsky, is a former White House intern who was involved in an affair with Bill Clinton, an incident that later became known as the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. The scandal brought her international publicity and she eventually became a successful businesswoman. She is also a social activist who speaks against cyberbullying.

 6 Greta Thunberg

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Famous As: Environmental Activist
Birthdate: January 3, 2003
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Swedish

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg is known for her straightforward speaking manner in which she addresses world leaders for failing to take sufficient action regarding the climate change issue. She is considered a youth icon for starting the movement Fridays for Future. She has been included in Time magazine's 100 most influential people list.

 7 Stacey Abrams

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 8 Geena Davis

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Famous As: Actress, Producer, Model
Birthdate: January 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

An Academy Award-winning actress, Geena Davis is also known for her work to fight gender bias, for which she was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. An ardent archer, who vied for a semifinals spot in the U.S. Olympic archery team for the 2000 Summer Olympics, Geena supports the Women's Sports Foundation among other initiatives that support women.

 9 Bindi Irwin

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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: July 24, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian, American

 10 Jameela Jamil

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

Jameela Jamil, who works as an actress, model, writer, and radio presenter, is a fighter in every sense of the word; she fought conditions like hearing loss, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, coeliac disease, and anorexia nervosa before establishing herself as an entertainer. Not to mention a car accident that damaged her spine when she was 17 years old!

 11 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.

 12 Kate Walsh

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Kate Walsh is best known as Dr. Addison Montgomery from Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. Fans also loved her as Mrs. Baker from the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Kate is also known for her political activism. She has also launched a beauty and lifestyle brand named Boyfriend LLC.

 13 Erin Brockovich

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Famous As: Environmental Activist
Birthdate: June 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Legal consultant, environmental activist, and consumer activist Erin Brockovich is known for suing California-based Pacific Gas & Electric Company, alleging them of contamination of water with hexavelent chromium, in 1993. Her story inspired the Julia Roberts-starrer 2000 movie Erin Brockovich. She has written two books and hosted TV shows, too.

 14 Angelina Jolie

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Famous As: Actress, Filmmaker, Activist
Birthdate: June 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

A fashion icon, acclaimed actress, influential humanitarian and Special Envoy for the UNHCR, Angelina Jolie is a highly noted celebrity in Hollywood. She has been hailed for her philanthropic efforts around the globe and praised for her power packed performances. Mother of six, of whom three are adopted, Angelina Jolie is a role model for the women of this generation.

 15 Laverne Cox

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 16 Betty White

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Betty White, American actress and comedian, is considered as the pioneer of television and has had the longest television career of any entertainer, straddling more than 80 years. She’s known for her award-winning performances in shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland

 17 Susan B. Anthony

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Famous As: Women’s Rights Activist
Birthdate: February 15, 1820
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 13, 1906

Susan B. Anthony's vital role in the women's suffrage movement changed the course of history. She led one of the two national suffrage organizations, which later became the National American Woman Suffrage Association, with Susan as its leading force. She also played an instrumental role in publishing The Revolution, a women's rights newspaper.

 18 Jessica Lange

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Famous As: Film actor, Photographer, Stage actor, Television actor, Model, Film producer
Birthdate: April 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries

Jessica Lange is a prominent actress with over four decades of experience in Hollywood. She is one of the few female performers to achieve the “Triple Crown of Acting,” having won an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award. She has appeared in many critically acclaimed films. Also a photographer, she has published four books.

 19 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. 

 20 Elizabeth Smart

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Elizabeth Smart is a child safety activist who gained national attention when she was kidnapped from her home at the age of 14. She was held captive for nine months before she was rescued by the cops. Smart went on to become an activist and works against human trafficking and abduction. In 2011, she became the founder of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.

 21 Jodie Whittaker

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 22 Jane Goodall

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Famous As: Primatologist
Birthdate: April 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

Jane Goodall is an English anthropologist and primatologist. Goodall's research proved that chimpanzees could use tools like stalks of grass to fish out termites from termite holes; this also challenged the long-held belief that chimpanzees were vegetarians. Goodall also discovered that chimpanzees are capable of emotions like sorrow and joy. Goodall is also credited with founding the Jane Goodall Institute.

 23 Pauley Perrette

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Famous As: Television Actress, Activist, Singer
Birthdate: March 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Pauley Perrette is a former actress, singer, and writer. Perrette is best known for portraying Abby Sciuto from 2003 to 2018 on the popular police procedural TV series NCIS. Also an activist, Pauley Perrette supports several animal rescue organizations, LGBT rights organizations, and civil rights organizations. Over the years, she has been an ardent supporter of the American Red Cross.

 24 Eva Perón

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Argentinian
Died: July 26, 1952

 25 Pamela Anderson

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Famous As: American-Canadian Actress
Birthdate: July 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian, American

Actress and model, Pamela Anderson, is known as a sex symbol. She featured regularly in the Playboy magazine and acted in television series Home Improvement, Baywatch and VIP. Baywatch was hugely popular and gave her international recognition. Pamela Anderson has also acted in several films. She is an active member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the animal rights organisation.

 26 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.

 27 Joanna Lumley

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

Joanna Lumley is a British actress and prolific activist. In recognition of her work as part of the Gurkha Justice Campaign, Joanna is fondly called as the daughter of Nepal in Nepal. Also known for supporting various other charity organizations and animal welfare groups, Joanna Lumley was appointed an OBE in the 1995 New Year Honours by the queen.

 28 Kerry Kennedy

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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: September 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

The daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy serves as a human rights activist. She is the president of a non-profit organization called Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, which advocates human rights. Over the years, Kerry Kennedy has worked in over 60 countries on various human rights issues like child labor, ethnic violence, indigenous land rights, and freedom of expression.

 29 Lupita Nyong'o

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Kenyan, Mexican

Lupita Nyong'o is one of the most popular black actresses of all time. The first Kenyan-Mexican actress to receive the prestigious Academy Award, Lupita Nyong'o has often been named in lists, such as the world's most beautiful woman. In 2020, she was named by Forbes magazine as one of Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women.

 30 Margaret Atwood

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Famous As: Writer, Environmental Activist
Birthdate: November 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet and novelist. Her works encompass themes, such as religion and myth, climate change, and gender and identity. An award-winning writer, many of Atwood's works have been made into films and television series; her work, The Handmaid's Tale, has had several adaptations. Perhaps, Margaret Atwood's most important contribution is her invention of the LongPen device.

 31 Maya Angelou

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: May 28, 2014
Poet, author, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou was a champion for black feminism and is best remembered for her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing. The recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and over 50 honorary degrees was also a child sex abuse survivor.

 32 Anita Hill

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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 33 Yoko Ono

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese

Yoko Ono is a Japanese multimedia artist, peace activist, and singer-songwriter. She came into prominence after marrying John Lennon of the Beatles. She is widely criticized for her unquestionable influence over John Lennon and his music. She is also often blamed for the disbandment of The Beatles. Despite all these criticisms, Yoko Ono continues to go on her merry way.

 34 Anna Friel

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

Anna Friel is a British actress who gained international recognition after portraying Charlotte "Chuck" Charles on the popular American fantasy mystery TV series Pushing Daisies. After starting her professional acting career at the age of 13, Friel went on to establish herself as a successful adult actress. Friel also serves as an ambassador for The World Wide Fund for Nature.

 35 Eartha Kitt

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

 36 Indya Moore

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 37 Marlo Thomas

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 38 Brigitte Bardot

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Famous As: Actress & Animal Rights Activist
Birthdate: September 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French

Brigitte Bardot is a French former singer and actress. One of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, Bardot remains a major pop culture icon despite quitting the entertainment industry in 1973. Bardot is credited with popularizing the bikini. She also popularized the town of Armação dos Búzios and the city of St. Tropez in Brazil.

 39 Torrey DeVitto

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Torrey DeVitto is best known as Melissa Hastings from Pretty Little Liars, Dr. Natalie Manning in Chicago Med, and Carrie in One Tree Hill. Fans also loved her in The Vampire Diaries and Army Wives. She is a Hospice ambassador and has supported campaigns for mental-health awareness and animal rights.

 40 Ruby Bridges

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Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: September 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
American civil rights activist Ruby Bridges became the first African-American child to attend an all-white educational institute when she joined the Louisiana-based William Frantz Elementary School in November 1960. She was the subject of Norman Rockwell’s painting The Problem We All Live With and the TV movie Ruby Bridges.

 41 Manisha Koirala

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian, Nepalese

 42 Joan Chandos Baez

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Singer, songwriter, musician, and activist Joan Baez has been active in the music world for over six decades. She emerged as a major musical figure in the counterculture era of the 1960s. Her music encompasses various genres like pop, folk-rock, country, and gospel music. She is involved in civil rights, human rights, and environmental activism as well.

 43 Tippi Hedren

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 44 Rachel Dolezal

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 45 Tulsi Gabbard

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 46 Linda McCartney

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Famous As: Photographer, Musician
Birthdate: September 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 17, 1998
Linda McCartney, the first wife of Paul McCartney, formed the band Wings with her husband, after the Beatles disbanded. An animal rights activist, she wrote several vegetarian cookbooks, apart from launching Linda McCartney Foods. She was also a skilled photographer and published a photo book. She died of breast cancer.  

 47 Ali MacGraw

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

A veteran actress with a career spanning over half a century, Ali MacGraw first came to prominence in the 1970s after acting in many popular action and romantic films. She was also active on the stage and in TV shows. Besides acting, she has been an animal rights advocate throughout her life.

 48 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.

 49 Margaret Sanger

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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: September 14, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: September 6, 1966

Margaret Sanger was an American writer and sex educator. She is credited with popularizing the term birth control. A birth control activist, Sanger established the first birth control clinic in America. She also set up organizations that later became the well-known non-profit organization Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She also played a key role in legalizing contraception in the US.

 50 Barbara Bush

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American