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.

 1 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.

 2 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.

 3 Ghislaine Maxwell

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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: December 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French, British, American

Daughter of publishing tycoon, late Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell is a socialite infamous for her involvement with the convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Charged with sex trafficking of minor girls, she is under investigation by the US Virgin Islands Department of Justice.

 4 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

 5 Hillary Clinton

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Famous As: Former First Lady, Political Leader
Birthdate: October 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Married to former US president, Bill Clinton, Hilary Clinton served as the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Thereafter, she became the first First Lady to hold US senator office. The former Secretary of State in the administration of Barrack Obama also fought and lost, as a Democratic nominee, the 2016 presidential election against Donald Trump.

 6 Tulsi Gabbard

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

 7 Carole Baskin

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Famous As: Big-Cat Rights Activist
Birthdate: June 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Carole Baskin gained recognition after being featured in a documentary series titled Tiger King, which follows her feuds with private zoo operator Joe Exotic. As the CEO of a non-profit animal sanctuary called Big Cat Rescue, Carole condemns private zoos. She has also been the subject of conspiracy theories pertaining to the disappearance of her second husband Don Lewis.

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 8 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.

 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 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

 12 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.

 13 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.

 14 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.

 15 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!

 16 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.

 17 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.

 18 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.

 19 Bea Arthur

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 25, 2009

American actress Bea Arthur worked extensively in television and was hailed for her comic timing. All in the Family, Maude and The Golden Girls are some of her acclaimed series. In her long career, she also worked in films like Lovers and Other Strangers, History of the World 1 and For Better or Worse. She won many accolades, including two Emmy awards.

 20 Laura Loomer

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

 21 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.

 22 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 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.

 24 Amal Clooney

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Famous As: Lawyer, Activist
Birthdate: February 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Lebanese, British

Amal Clooney is a Lebanese-British barrister, specializing in human rights and international law. Her clients include popular and influential personalities like Yulia Tymoshenko, Nadia Murad, and Julian Assange. Her work and philanthropic activities gained media coverage after her wedding to actor George Clooney. The Clooneys are well-known philanthropists and are founders of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

 25 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
Nationality:

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.

 26 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.

 27 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.

 28 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.

 29 Alicia Garza

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: January 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 30 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.

 31 Laverne Cox

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

 32 Bindi Irwin

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

 33 Eva Perón

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

 34 Anni-Frid Lyngstad

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Norwegian, Swedish

 35 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.

 36 Rachel Dolezal

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

 37 Mary Ann Shadd

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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: June 5, 1893

 38 Jodie Whittaker

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

 39 Doris Day

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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: April 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: May 13, 2019
Doris Day began her career singing with the Les Brown Band and as a solo artist. As an actor, she delivered many hits with Rock Hudson, including Pillow Talk, which earned her an Academy Award nomination. She is remembered as a legend from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

 40 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.

 41 Sandi Toksvig

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Famous As: Comedian, Writer
Birthdate: May 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Danish, British
Sandi Toksvig is best known as the host of shows such as News Quiz, QI, and The Great British Bake Off. The Women's Equality Party co-founder is also a lesbian icon and has written several children’s and adult books and plays. She hosted a motivational podcast during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

 42 Anita Hill

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

 43 Elizabeth Smart

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

 44 Sylvia Earle

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Famous As: Marine biologist
Birthdate: August 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 45 Brigitte Bardot

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

 46 Tippi Hedren

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

 47 Jane Goodall

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

 48 Jaya Prada

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian

 49 Ali MacGraw

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

 50 Margaret Atwood

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