Women Human Rights Activists

Throughout history, there have been many women human rights activists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female human rights activists such as Hillary Clinton, Rigoberta Menchú, Amal Alamuddin, Anita Roddick, Shirin Ebadi.The women human rights 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 Elliott

Jane Elliott
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Famous As: Schoolteacher
Birthdate: May 27, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 2 Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst

Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst
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Famous As: Militant
Birthdate: September 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: February 13, 1958

 3 Amal Clooney

Amal Alamuddin
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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.

 4 Joan Chandos Baez

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.

 5 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.

 6 Nazanin Boniadi

Nazanin Boniadi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Iranian, British, American

 7 Laurie Holden

Laurie Holden
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Laurie Holden is an American-Canadian model, actress, and producer. She is best known for her portrayal of Andrea in the popular horror television series The Walking Dead, for which she received the 2012 Satellite Award and 2013 Saturn Award. Also known for her human rights activism and charity work, Laurie Holden works closely with organizations that campaign against human trafficking.

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 8 K. D. Lang

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
Grammy-winning Canadian pop and country singer Kathryn Dawn Lang, better known as K.D. Lang, has delivered hits such as Constant Craving. She is openly lesbian and a champion for LGBT rights and animal rights. She performed at the 1988 Winter Olympics closing ceremony and the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

 9 Melissa Mathison

Melissa Mathison
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: November 4, 2015

Melissa Mathison was a screenwriter and an activist for the Tibetan independence movement. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, for a while but quit before graduating. She was acquainted with Francis Ford Coppola who encouraged her to pursue a screenwriting career. She was once married to actor, Harrison Ford, and had two children.

 10 Bianca Jagger

Bianca Jagger
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 2, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Nicaraguan, British

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.

 11 Q'orianka Kilcher

Q'orianka Kilcher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German

 12 Manisha Koirala

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

 13 Gloria Allred

Gloria Allred
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Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 14 Yolanda King

Yolanda King
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: May 15, 2007

African American activist, Yolanda King, was the first-born child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Exposed to social justice activism at a young age, she grew up to be an outspoken supporter of civil rights and LGBTQA+ rights. She was also known for her artistic endeavors. She died of heart disease at 51. 

 15 Jorja Fox

Jorja Fox
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 16 Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: 1993 AD
Nationality: Iraqi

 17 Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry
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Famous As: Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: January 12, 1965

 18 Sarah Hegazi

Sarah Hegazi
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Egyptian
Died: June 14, 2020

 19 Teji Bachchan

Teji Bachchan
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: August 12, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 21, 2007

 20 Opal Tometi

Opal Tometi
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: August 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 21 Graça Machel

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Mozambican

Graça Machel is known for her association with Mozambique’s FRELIMO movement and has been the country’s first education minister. She has also been married to both former Mozambican president Samora Machel and South African president Nelson Mandela. Through The Elders, she is devoted to working for women’s and children’s rights.

 22 Zelda Rubinstein

Zelda Rubinstein
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 28, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 27, 2010

 23 Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi
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Famous As: Human rights activist, Writer, Poet, Novelist, Educator, Short story writer
Birthdate: January 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: July 28, 2016

Ramon Magsaysay Award-winning Indian author Mahasweta Devi is regarded as a gem of the Bengali literary world. She had also been a left-wing social activist, and her works such as Hajar Churashir Maa and Rudali have either tribals or people from the marginalized communities as their protagonists.

 24 Shiva Rose

Shiva Rose
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Iranian, American

 25 Lady Miss Kier

Lady Miss Kier
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 26 Rigoberta Menchú

Rigoberta Menchú
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Famous As: Activist,Politician,Author
Birthdate: January 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Guatemalan

Nobel Peace Prize-winning Guatemalan activist is known for her fight for the rights of indigenous people and women. Her entire family was accused of participating in guerrilla activities, brutalized, and killed by the Guatemalan army. She has been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and founded the first Guatemalan indigenous political party.

 27 Anita Roddick

Anita Roddick
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Birthdate: October 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: September 10, 2007

 28 Ella Baker

Ella Baker
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Famous As: American activist
Birthdate: December 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 13, 1986

 29 Ophelia Dahl

Ophelia Dahl
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 30 Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 31 Iris Chang

Iris Chang
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: November 9, 2004

 32 Asma Jahangir

Asma Jahangir
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Famous As: Human rights activist, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Pakistani

 33 Sugathakumari

Sugathakumari
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Famous As: Writer, Human rights activist, Children's writer
Birthdate: January 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

 34 Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean
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Famous As: Sister
Birthdate: April 21, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 35 Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi
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Famous As: Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: June 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Iranian

Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights activist and lawyer Shirin Ebadi is known for her significant work with refugees, women, and children, and her countless books, such as Iran Awakening. In spite of being Iran’s first female judge, she found it difficult to establish herself in the male-dominated profession.

 36 Nellie McClung

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Famous As: Novelist, Writer, Politician, Human rights activist, Feminist
Birthdate: October 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian
Died: September 1, 1951

 37 Tawakel Karman

Tawakel Karman
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Famous As: Women's Rights Activist
Birthdate: February 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Yemeni

 38 Angelina Grimke

Angelina Grimke
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Famous As: Abolitionist, Women's Rights Activist
Birthdate: February 20, 1805
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: October 26, 1879

 39 Edith Cowan

Edith Dircksey Cowan
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Famous As: Social Campaigner
Birthdate: August 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Australian
Died: June 9, 1932

Edith Cowan was an Australian social reformer best remembered for serving as a member of parliament; she was the first Australian woman to do so. She is also remembered for working for the welfare and rights of children and women. In recognition of her contribution, Cowan has been depicted on Australia's fifty-dollar note since 1995.

 40 Noura Erakat

Noura Erakat
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Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: January 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Palestinian, American

 41 Caroline Chisholm

Caroline Jones Chisholm
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Famous As: Immigrant Welfare Activist
Birthdate: May 30, 1808
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: March 25, 1877

 42 Esma Redžepova

Esma Redžepova
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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: August 8, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Macedonian
Died: December 11, 2016

 43 Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Oodgeroo Noonuccal
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Famous As: Poet, Author, Human rights activist, Writer
Birthdate: November 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian
Died: September 16, 1993

 44 Lillian Wald

Lillian Wald
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Famous As: Humanitarian, Nurse, Activist
Birthdate: March 10, 1867
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 1, 1940

 45 Frances Lear

Frances Lear
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: July 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 30, 1996

 46 Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nasrin Sotoudeh
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: May 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Iranian

 47 Fatima Meer

Fatima Meer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: South African
Died: March 12, 2010

 48 Bun Rany

Bun Rany
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Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: December 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Cambodian

 49 Hanna Gabriel

Hanna Gabriel
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Costa Rican

 50 Anna Walentynowicz

Anna Walentynowicz
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Famous As: Trade unionist
Birthdate: August 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Polish
Died: April 10, 2010