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 Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Jane Fonda is hailed as one of the best actresses ever and has won two Oscars. She has acted in popular and acclaimed films like Barefoot in the Park, Barbarella, Klute, Coming Home, Julia, The Morning After, The China Syndrome and California Suite. She’s also known for her exercise videos and is famous for her opposition to the Vietnam War.

 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 Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Marion Cotillard delivered an Academy Award-winning performance as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, becoming the first to win the award for a French-language film. She was appreciated for her iconic role of Joan of Arc on stage. She has promoted Lady Dior bags and Chanel No. 5 fragrance.

 4 Daryl Hannah

Daryl Hannah
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Daryl Hannah is best known for her Saturn Award-winning performances as Madison in Splash and Elle Driver in the Kill Bill movies. In 2017, she claimed she had been sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein in the past. Hannah is a vegan and has struggled with autism in childhood.

 5 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.

 6 Margaret Atwood

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

 7 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.

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 8 Anni-Frid Lyngstad

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

 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 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

Q'orianka Kilcher is an American actress, activist, and singer. She is best known for playing important characters in films like The New World and Princess Kaiulani. As an activist, Kilcher has been visiting universities and colleges and delivering speeches at organizations like Amnesty International. 

 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 Ali Hewson

Ali Hewson
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: March 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Ali Hewson is an Irish businesswoman and activist. In the 1990s, Hewson joined the anti-nuclear movement and started working with activists like Adi Roche. In 2002, she played a key role in organizing campaigns against the Sellafield nuclear facility in England. As a businesswoman, Hewson has co-founded a skincare company and a fashion label called Nude skincare and EDUN respectively.

 17 Lina Esco

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

 18 Cassidy Freeman

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

 19 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.

 20 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.

 21 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.

 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 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

Maneka Gandhi is an Indian politician, environmentalist, and animal rights activist. She is credited with inspiring several individuals towards social entrepreneurship. Maneka Gandhi is best known as an animal rights leader for which she has received several international awards. She is also credited with establishing an animal welfare organization named People for Animals.

 24 Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai
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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: April 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ihithe, 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.

 25 Zuzana Čaputová

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

 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 Isra Hirsi

Isra Hirsi
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Famous As: Co-founder and served as the co-executive director of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike
Birthdate: February 22, 2003
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

 29 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

 30 Gina Lopez

Gina Lopez
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Famous As: Environmentalist, Politician
Birthdate: December 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: August 19, 2019

 31 Severn Cullis-Suzuki

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Famous As: Environmental activist who was named to the Global 500 Roll of Honor of the U.N. Environmental Programme in 1993
Birthdate: November 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

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.

 32 Sheherazade Goldsmith

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

 33 Luisa Neubauer

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

 34 Medha Patkar

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

Medha Patkar is an Indian social activist known for her work concerning several issues raised by farmers, tribes, women, and laborers facing injustice in India. She is also known for popularizing the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) movement which opposes the construction of large dams across the Narmada River. Medha Patkar is the recipient of many awards including the Mother Teresa Award.

 35 Nicole Hernandez Hammer

Nicole Hernandez Hammer
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Famous As: Climatologist and Activist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Guatemala

 36 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

 37 Judith Wright

Judith Wright
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Famous As: Poet, Environmentalist, Campaigner for Aboriginal Land Rights
Birthdate: May 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Armidale, Australia
Died: June 25, 2000

Judith Wright was an Australian environmentalist, poet, and campaigner for Indigenous land rights. Wright is credited with founding one of the earliest environmental conservation movements in Australia. Best remembered for her poetry skills, Judith Wright won the prestigious Christopher Brennan Award in 1976. In 1991, she was honored with the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

 38 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.

 39 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

 40 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

 41 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.

 42 Vanessa Nakate

Vanessa Nakate
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 15, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uganda

 43 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

 44 Elizabeth Lejonhjärta

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

 45 Victoria Lejonhjarta

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

 46 Linda Hogan

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

 47 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

 48 Otara Gunewardene

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

 49 Jecca Craig

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

 50 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