Women Environmental Activists

Throughout history, there have been many women environmental activists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female environmental activists such as Shailene Woodley, Alicia Silverstone, Margaret Atwood, Wangari Maathai, Rosalie Edge.The women environmental 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 Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg.
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Famous As: Environmental Activist
Birthdate: January 3, 2003
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

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.

 2 Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley.
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Famous As: Actress, Activist
Birthdate: November 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Bernardino County, California, United States

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

 3 Erin Brockovich

Erin Brockovich.
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Famous As: Environmental Activist
Birthdate: June 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lawrence, Kansas

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.

 4 Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood.
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Famous As: Writer, Environmental Activist
Birthdate: November 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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.

 5 Joan Chandos Baez

Joan Chandos Baez.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States

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.

 6 Anni-Frid Lyngstad

Anni-Frid Lyngstad
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bjørkåsen, Ballangen, Norway

 7 Princess Diana

Princess Diana.
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Famous As: Member of the British Royal Family
Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sandringham
Died: August 31, 1997

The first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Diana was a member of the British royal family. As a princess, she became known for her unconventional approach to charity work. She was celebrated as a style icon and fashionista as well. She divorced Charles in 1996 and died in a tragic car accident the following year.

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 8 Mena Suvari

Mena Suvari.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Mena Suvari soared to fame with her SAG Award-winning role of Angela Hayes in American Beauty. Fans also loved her in the American Pie movies and the horror anthology American Horror Story. She also appeared as Edie in Six Feet Under. Mena endorses Lancôme cosmetics and uses cruelty-free products only.

 9 Bianca Jagger

Bianca Jagger.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 2, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Managua, Nicaragua

Bianca Jagger is a Nicaraguan social rights advocate. She is credited with founding the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, where she is currently serving as the chairperson. For her work as a humanitarian, Jagger has received several awards, including the Champion of Justice Award. A former actress, Jagger appeared in many movies and TV shows throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

 10 Q'orianka Kilcher

Q'orianka Kilcher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Schweigmatt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

 11 Laurie David

Laurie David.
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Famous As: Environmental Activist
Birthdate: March 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States

Laurie David is an American environmental activist best known for producing An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary film that has been credited for reenergizing the environmental movement and raising public awareness on global warming. In 2003, she was honored with the Children's Nature Institute's Leaf Award for her efforts to educate young children about our environment.

 12 Ally Walker

Ally Walker.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tullahoma, Tennessee, US

 13 Emily Swallow

Emily Swallow.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Emily Swallow is an American actress known for portraying prominent roles in popular TV series, such as The Mentalist and Supernatural. After starting her career in Broadway, Emily Swallow has managed to successfully establish herself in the American TV industry.

 14 Charlotte Casiraghi

Charlotte Casiraghi.
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Famous As: Editor-at-large, Equestrian Sports Ambassador
Birthdate: August 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Princess Grace Hospital Centre, La Colle, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Charlotte Casiraghi, daughter of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and Italian industrialist Stefano Casiraghi, has worked as a journalist with magazines such as Above and has also launched her own publication, Ever Manifesto. She is also a skilled equestrian and has founded the philosophy-oriented group Les Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco.

 15 Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

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.

 16 Lola Van Wagenen

Lola Van Wagenen.
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Famous As: Historian, Activist
Birthdate: November 30, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Provo, Utah, United States

Lola Van Wagenen is an American historian who is credited with co-founding non-profit educational organizations like Consumer Action Now (CAN) and Clio Visualizing History, Inc. Consumer Action Now went on to establish several environmental education and consumer-oriented programs in an attempt to raise awareness about the effects of consumers' buying habits on the environment.

 17 Kate Bolduan

Kate Bolduan.
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Goshen, Indiana, United States
The youngest morning show anchor on any major TV network, Kate Bolduan is an eminent American broadcast journalist for CNN. She covered the 2016 U.S Presidntial campaign for a global audience, as the anchor of CNN international program called State of America with Kate Bolduan.

 18 Lina Esco

Lina Esco
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

 19 Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leloaloa, American Samoa

Born in American Samoa and raised in Hawaii, US Representative Tulsi Gabbard formed the environmental non-profit Healthy Hawai’i Coalition as a teenager. At 21, she was the youngest member of the Hawai‘i State Legislature. A US Army major, she later became the first Hindu to be part of Congress.

 20 Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 21 Zuzana Čaputová

Zuzana Čaputová
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

 22 Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle
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Famous As: Marine biologist
Birthdate: August 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gibbstown, New Jersey, U.S.
Sylvia Earle is known for her research on marine algae and she was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Earle held the world record for the deepest untethered dive and was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet, in 1998. She also featured in Netflix Original documentary Seaspiracy.

 23 Alexandra Paul

Alexandra Paul.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York

As a budding model, Alexandra Paul decided to reject an offer from Stanford University to focus on a career in acting. She is best known to fans for her 5-year-long stint as Lt. Stephanie Holden in the internationally renowned series Baywatch. She is also a marathon runner and an avid swimmer.

 24 Maneka Gandhi

Maneka Gandhi.
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Famous As: Politician, Animal Rights Activist
Birthdate: August 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

 25 Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai.
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Famous As: Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Birthdate: April 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ihithe village, Tetu division, Nyeri District, Kenya
Died: September 25, 2011

Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmental, social, and political activist. She achieved popularity after becoming the first African woman to be honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. She is credited with founding a non-governmental organization called The Green Belt Movement (GBM), which focuses on women's rights and environmental conservation.

 26 Izabella Miko

Izabella Miko
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Łódź, Poland

 27 Lady Miss Kier

Lady Miss Kier
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Youngstown, Ohio, USA

 28 Sheherazade Goldsmith

Sheherazade Goldsmith.
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Famous As: Environmentalist, Socialite
Birthdate: March 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Denmark Hill, London

 29 Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Severn Cullis-Suzuki
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Famous As: Television presenter, Writer
Birthdate: November 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vancouver

Canadian activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki is known for her fight for environmental issues and intergenerational justice. Born to environmentalist David Suzuki, she began her journey as an environmental activist in fifth grade. She was also honored in the UNEP’s Global 500 Roll of Honour and supports the Slow movement.

 30 Luisa Neubauer

Luisa Neubauer
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Famous As: Climate activist
Birthdate: April 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

 31 Medha Patkar

Medha Patkar.
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Famous As: Social Activist
Birthdate: December 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai

 32 Julia Butterfly Hill

Julia Butterfly Hill
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Famous As: Environmental Activist
Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Missouri, United States

 33 Berta Cáceres

Berta Cáceres
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: March 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: La Esperanza, Honduras
Died: March 2, 2016

 34 Alexandra Cousteau

Alexandra Cousteau
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: March 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States

 35 Dorothy Stang

Dorothy Stang
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: June 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: February 12, 2005

 36 Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva
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Famous As: Philosopher, Physicist, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: November 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dehradun

Indian environmental activist and physicist Vandana Shiva is known for her anti-GMO campaigns. The Gandhi of grain is the founder of RFSTN, which promotes sustainable agriculture, and is against globalization. She developed an interest in environmentalism after witnessing a forest at her hometown being cleared for a project.

 37 Kuki Gallmann

Kuki Gallmann
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 1, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Treviso, Italy Treviso, Kingdom of Italy Italy

Born to Italian writer Cino Boccazzi, Kuki Gallmann later moved to Kenya with her husband and son, both of whom she lost in separate accidents. Taking up Kenyan citizenship, she focused on ecological conservation. He bestselling book I Dreamed Of Africa was later made into a movie.

 38 Elizabeth Lejonhjärta

Elizabeth Lejonhjärta
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Norrbotten, Sweden

 39 Victoria Lejonhjarta

Victoria Lejonhjarta
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norrbotten, Sweden

 40 Celine Cousteau

Celine Cousteau
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: June 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States

 41 Linda Hogan

Linda Hogan
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States

 42 Jecca Craig

Jecca Craig
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Famous As: Environmentalist
Birthdate: January 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Taunton, England

 43 Carol Browner

Carol Browner
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Famous As: Attorney and politician
Birthdate: December 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

 44 Otara Gunewardene

Otara Gunewardene
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: August 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

 45 Elspeth Huxley

Elspeth Huxley
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 23, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 10, 1997

 46 Michelle Dilhara

Michelle Dilhara
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ragama, Sri Lanka

 47 Wanjira Mathai

Wanjira Mathai
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Famous As: Environmentalist
Birthdate: November 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kenya

 48 Jeannette Kawas

Jeannette Kawas
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Famous As: Environmental activist
Birthdate: January 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tela, Atlántida, Honduras
Died: February 6, 1995

 49 Maria Minerva

Maria Minerva
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia

 50 Rosalie Edge

Rosalie Edge.
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Famous As: Women’s Right Activist & Environmentalist
Birthdate: November 3, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: United States of America
Died: November 20, 1962