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 Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney
Famous As: Barrister, Human rights activist
Birthdate: February 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

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.

 2 Nazanin Boniadi

Nazanin Boniadi
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Nazanin Boniadi is an Iran-born English actress and activist best known for her portrayal of Nora in the popular American sitcom How I Met Your Mother. She has also played important roles in several other American television series like Homeland and Counterpart. From 2009 to 2015, Nazanin Boniadi served as a spokesperson for the popular non-governmental organization Amnesty International.

 3 Bianca Jagger

Bianca Jagger
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.

 4 Q'orianka Kilcher

Q'orianka Kilcher
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. 

 5 Jane Elliott

Jane Elliott
Famous As: Schoolteacher
Birthdate: May 27, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Riceville, Iowa, United States

Jane Elliott is an American schoolteacher best known for inventing and popularizing the Blue eyes/Brown eyes exercise. The exercise, which was first conducted on April 5, 1968, with her third-grade class, aims at helping people understand the ill-effects of racial discrimination. The classroom exercise has inspired a couple of documentaries namely The Eye of the Storm and The Angry Eye.  

 6 Melissa Mathison

Melissa Mathison
Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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.

 7 Yolanda King

Yolanda King
Famous As: Human rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter
Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
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. 

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 8 Clara Barton

Clara Barton
Famous As: Nurse, Founded of the American Red Cross
Birthdate: December 25, 1821
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oxford, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 12, 1912

 9 Gloria Allred

Gloria Allred
Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 10 Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry
Famous As: Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 12, 1965

Lorraine Hansberry was a writer and playwright best remembered for her play A Raisin in the Sun which emphasizes the plight of African-Americans living under racial segregation. At the age of 29, Lorraine Hansberry received the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, becoming the youngest playwright and the first African-American dramatist to win the prestigious award.

 11 Zelda Rubinstein

Zelda Rubinstein
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 28, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: January 27, 2010

 12 Opal Tometi

Opal Tometi
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: August 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Opal Tometi is an American writer, human rights activist, community organizer, and strategist. She is best known as a co-founder of the popular decentralized social and political movement Black Lives Matter (BLM). In 2017, Opal Tometi was honored with the prestigious Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award. In 2020, she was named in the 100 Most Influential People list by Time magazine.

 13 Rigoberta Menchú

Rigoberta Menchú
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: January 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Laj Chimel, Guatemala

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.

 14 Anita Roddick

Anita Roddick
Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: October 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Littlehampton, England
Died: September 10, 2007

Anita Roddick was a British businesswoman and human rights activist. She was also a passionate crusader for environmental issues. She founded the British version of The Body Shop, now The Body Shop International Limited. Her company was among the first to prohibit the use of ingredients tested on animals in some products. She was also involved with Greenpeace.  

 15 Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia

Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia
Famous As: Human rights activist, Princess
Birthdate: April 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia

 16 Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy
Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: September 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

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.

 17 Ella Baker

Ella Baker
Famous As: American activist
Birthdate: December 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: December 13, 1986

 18 Lady Miss Kier

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

 19 Iris Chang

Iris Chang
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 9, 2004

 20 Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

Manisha Koirala is a Nepalese actress known for her work in Indian films. One of the most critically acclaimed actresses of the 1990s, Koirala has won several prestigious awards. She is also known for her social activism and is credited with promoting women's rights. Her achievements in films and off-screen work have made her one of the most recognized Nepalis.

 21 Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: October 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 22 Melissa Chen

Melissa Chen
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Singapore

 23 Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst

Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst
Famous As: Militant
Birthdate: September 22, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Died: February 13, 1958

Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst was a British suffragette who co-founded the Women's Social and Political Union. From 1912 to 1913, Pankhurst directed the organization's militant actions from France. After the war, Christabel Pankhurst settled down in the United States of America where she served as an evangelist for the Second Coming movement.

 24 Shirin Ebadi

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

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.

 25 Anna Politkovskaya

Anna Politkovskaya
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: August 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 7, 2006

Anna Politkovskaya was a Russian writer, journalist, and human rights activist. She is best remembered for reporting the Second Chechen War. In spite of various acts of intimidation and violence, Politkovskaya never gave up reporting on the war. Her efforts and work earned her several international awards, such as the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award. Politkovskaya was murdered in 2006.

 26 Teji Bachchan

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

 27 Sarah Hegazi

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

 28 Shiva Rose

Shiva Rose
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

Shiva Rose is an American actress, blogger, activist, and entrepreneur. Apart from her movies, Shiva Rose is also known for her activism. While she was still studying at the University of California, Los Angeles, she founded a program called Resource to feed the homeless. She also sponsors an organization named Violence Intervention Program (VIP) that helps abused children.

 29 Marina Picasso

Marina Picasso
Famous As: Humanitarian
Birthdate: November 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: France

Marina Picasso is a French humanitarian best known as the granddaughter of popular Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso. After inheriting a fifth of Pablo Picasso's estate, Marina Picasso used much of the inheritance to support humanitarian programs for children in need. Marina Picasso is credited with establishing a charitable organization called The Marina Picasso Foundation.

 30 Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Helen Prejean
Famous As: Sister
Birthdate: April 21, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

A leading advocate for abolition of death penalty, Roman Catholic sister, Helen Prejea,n started her campaign after she became spiritual guide for a death row convict, penning down her experience in her best-selling book, Dead Man Walking. Also the founder of SURVIVE, a group aimed at helping the families of the victims, she has since been giving talks across USA.     

 31 Nellie McClung

Nellie McClung
Famous As: Writer, Human rights activist, Politician
Birthdate: October 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chatsworth, Ontario, Canada
Died: September 1, 1951

Canadian author and social reformer Nellie McClung had struck gold with her first novel, Sowing Seeds in Danny, a bestseller. She also spoke widely about woman suffrage and was part of the Alberta legislature. She was part of The Famous Five, a group of women who launched the Persons Case.

 32 Denise Ho

Denise Ho
Famous As: Singer, actress pro-democracy and Hong Kong human rights activist
Birthdate: May 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: British Hong Kong

Denise Ho is a singer and actress best known for advocating LGBT rights in Asia. In 2012, she became the first popular female singer from Hong Kong to come out as a lesbian. Also a human rights activist, Denise Ho took part in the 2014 Umbrella Movement for which she was blacklisted by the Chinese government.

 33 Mahasweta Devi

Mahasweta Devi
Famous As: Human rights activist, Writer, Poet, Novelist, Educator, Short story writer
Birthdate: January 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dhaka
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.

 34 Angelina Grimke

Angelina Grimke
Famous As: Abolitionist, Women's Rights Activist
Birthdate: February 20, 1805
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Died: October 26, 1879

 35 Edith Cowan

Edith Cowan
Famous As: Social Campaigner
Birthdate: August 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geraldton, Australia
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.

 36 Manizha

Famous As: Pop music performer who was nominated for Sobaka.ru Magazine's Top 50 award in 2017
Birthdate: July 8, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dushanbe, Tajikistan

 37 Loung Ung

Loung Ung
Famous As: Memoirist who wrote two books which related her life experiences from 1975 through 2003
Birthdate: November 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 38 Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau

Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: August 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pijnacker, Netherlands

 39 Ophelia Dahl

Ophelia Dahl
Famous As: Social justice and health care advocate
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oxford, England

 40 Caroline Chisholm

Caroline Chisholm
Famous As: Immigrant Welfare Activist
Birthdate: May 30, 1808
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wootton, Northampton, England
Died: March 25, 1877

Caroline Chisholm was an English humanitarian remembered for her work in British India where she established the Female School of Industry for the Daughters of European Soldiers which aimed at educating girls, who were taught reading, writing, nursing, cooking, and housekeeping. She also became a much-admired woman in Australia where she placed more than 11,000 people in jobs and homes.

 41 Kati Marton

Kati Marton
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

New York Times bestselling Hungarian-American author Kati Marton was born to reporter parents who had survived the Holocaust. She has previously been an award-winning correspondent for NPR and the bureau chief of ABC News in Germany. Her best-known works include True Believer and Enemies of the People.

 42 Mia Farrow

Mia Farrow
Famous As: Actress, Human Rights Activist
Birthdate: February 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Mia Farrow is one of the most decorated actresses of her generation. She is the first American actress to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. Apart from being an actress, she is also known for her humanitarian activities, especially in African countries. A UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Mia was named in Time magazine's most influential people in the world list in 2008.

 43 Diane Nash

Diane Nash
Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 15, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 44 Gerda Weissmann Klein

Gerda Weissmann Klein
Famous As: Writer, Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bielsko, Poland

Gerda Weissmann Klein is a Polish American writer. She survived the Holocaust in which her entire family perished. Later on, she wrote an autobiographical account of the Holocaust, All but My Life, which was adapted into a short film. She and her husband became advocates of Holocaust education. She was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

 45 Noura Erakat

Noura Erakat
Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: January 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alameda County, California, United States

 46 Lee Hyeon-seo

Lee Hyeon-seo
Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: December 31, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hyesan, North Korea

 47 Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad
Famous As: Human rights activist
Birthdate: 1993 AD
Birthplace: Kocho, Iraq

 48 Lillian Wald

Lillian Wald
Famous As: Nurse, Humanitarian
Birthdate: March 10, 1867
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: September 1, 1940

 49 Esma Redžepova

Esma Redžepova
Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: August 8, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Skopje, Kingdom of Bulgaria
Died: December 11, 2016

 50 Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Oodgeroo Noonuccal
Famous As: Political activist, artist and educator, who campaigned for Aboriginal rights
Birthdate: November 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: North Stradbroke Island, Australia
Died: September 16, 1993

Oodgeroo Noonuccal was an Aboriginal Australian poet, political activist, artist, and educator. She became the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse. She emerged as a prominent political activist in the 1960s and campaigned for aboriginal rights. She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire and won many literary awards.